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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 11/15/2011

DeMorning Links: Raw justice in Congress Heights

Sherita McLamore-Hines, wife of jailed shopkeeper Malcolm Hines, stands outside City Beats, their shoe store. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
Understand that Malcolm Hines is guilty as charged. In March, police found a shotgun inside the shoe shop he owns on Martin Luther King Avenue SE; he said he didn’t know it was there, but a jury convicted him on three felony charges. Hines, already a twice-convicted felon, is probably going away for three years or more. But also understand that Hines and many of his fellow Congress Heights businessmen are wondering about the justice of a situation where an otherwise law-abiding, tax-paying citizen gets locked up for protecting himself while the scores of thieves and killers who have preyed on them remain free to rob and kill again. Last night area residents pleaded with Mayor Vincent Gray and police officials for help. Read my Post story and watch Sam Ford’s WJLA-TV report.

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Spate of robberies in Southwest (Post)

Sulaimon Brown will go to trial on traffic charges in February (WAMU-FM)

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MPD’s Breathalyzer chief isn’t off the hook in lawsuit (Legal Times)

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Jack Evans kicks off his seventh council campaign (Dish)

CityMarket at O construction starts for real Friday (DCmud)

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Neighbors dispute police account of Euclid Street car wreck (WUSA-TV)

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Your Hilly winners (The Hill Is Home)

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Heavy D and Ron Moten, c. 1991 (@ronaldmoten)

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