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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/22/2012

DeMorning Links: One plastic bracelet

A bullet hole in the South Capitol Street building outside where three people were gunned down. (Gerald Martineau for The Washington Post - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The trial of five young men accused of playing roles in the March 2010 shooting spree that left five people dead on D.C.’s streets opened Tuesday. “All of this violence over a piece of costume jewelry,”said lead prosecutor Michael Brittin, referring to the plastic bauble that authorities say sparked the chain of retaliatory violence. The Post’s Keith Alexander has a full report from D.C. Superior Court, including the opening statement of one defense attorney who said the case “is not about a bracelet” but rather witnesses who have reason to lie in order to save their own skins. Meanwhile, D.C. Council member David A. Catania’s bill to improve the city’s mental health care for youth, named in remembrance of the incident, appears to be on its way to passage in the coming weeks.

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WAMU-FM’s news director leaves abruptly, over “firewall” concerns (Erik Wemple, DC Porcupine)

In defense of how the D.C. police report their homicide closure statistics (Post letters)

Why charter schools shouldn’t necessarily be neighborhood schools (GGW)

On the pending erosion of the District’s competitive advantage in gay marriage (Housing Complex)

Average time for DMV to rule on a contested parking ticket: 132 days (Examiner)

More wholly unsurprising facts about parking tickets (Washingtonian)

Whistleblower fire lieutenant placed on leave for donning “DCFD” jacket (WJLA-TV, WTTG-TV)

The problem with charter school statistics (Answer Sheet)

Rest assured, Albert Haynesworth is making good progress on his community service (Crime Scene)

About that “tail kicking”... (Loose Lips)

Muriel Bowser pushes two-strikes law for bad city contractors (Examiner)

D.C.’s highest-grossing clubs: P.O.V. (at the W Hotel), Love, the Park at 14th (City Desk)

Pro-cheating Web site says D.C.’s a good place to cheat (The Buzz)

Petition: Lower those speed camera fines, please (DCist)

National Capital Planning Commission will vote March 1 on allowing Bikeshare stations on Mall (Post)

Buy a piece of Jaleo (PoP)

Remembering the Bayou, in film (Current via Dish)

Kinda surprised none of these people are Jack Evans (G’town Metropolitan)

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