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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 03/12/2012

DeMorning Links: Repeat offender


Rows of parked cars are prey for thieves. (Amanda Voisard - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Thefts from autos, including “smash-and-grabs,” are an unfortunate fixture of life for residents of Capitol Hill and adjacent neighborhoods. The Post’s Allison Klein explains why the crimes are difficult to combat, highlighting one repeat offender, David Vines, who has been locked up nearly 60 times and whom prosecutors acknowledge is “something of a legend” for his theft-from-auto exploits: “Individually, each crime is small. Vines has been caught stealing $10 from one car, a bag from another. When such offenses are brought before a judge, defendants rarely get serious sanctions,” Klein writes. “But the totality of Vines’s crimes is why the city is trying to stop people like him.”

In other news:

Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s outreach costs taxpayers nearly $1 million (Post)

”The two agencies responsible for the District’s [sex offender] registry ... both [said] the other is responsible for keeping track of those offenders.” (Examiner)

How a soccer stadium might fit on Buzzard Point (Capital Business)

Colby King: New York arrest could hint at direction of D.C. campaign finance probe (Post column)

Letter is delivered to Tilden Street NW home 56 years after it was sent (WRC-TV)

Lottery contract saga prompts this question: “Is this any way to run a government?” (Post editorial)

Jeffrey Thompson’s overlapping corporate schema (WaTimes)

Peaceoholics co-founder had ties to city employee who played role in land deal (Post)

A few dozen of Washington’s oldest cherry trees remain blooming a century later (Post)

”[H]igh-ranking [Redskins] official” says it’s “very likely” team will return to D.C. within 12 years (WJLA-TV)

David Catania comes out against United Medical Center turnaround consultant (WBJ, Examiner)

Frank Kameny estate dispute ends up in court (Blade)

An objection to Angela Davis depiction on Superior Court poster commemorating Black History Month (WaTimes)

Still no word from Gray on Natwar Gandhi’s future (Examiner)

The latest in constituent service fundraising (Examiner)

To shut down his constituent service fund, Kwame Brown had to raise $3,500 (Examiner)

Council members hail DYRS progress but raise concerns about use of far-flung residential treatment centers (WaTimes)

Gray makes nice with city employee unions (Examiner)

Another term for Muriel Bowser, says Jonetta Rose Barras (Examiner)

How a 24-hour “day care” center helps parents laboring to make ends meet (Post)

Man shot Sunday morning in Columbia Heights IHOP; reopens within hours (Crime Scene)

Why Harriet Tregoning isn’t necessarily at odds with the Committee of 100 agenda (GGW)

Metro moves to improve response to sexual harassment on its premises (TBD)

Item in themail leads to crackdown on Thompson Boat House parking scofflaws (G’town Dish)

This morning: At “One City In Crisis” summit, advocates make case for budget priorities (Poverty & Policy)

Why the Howard Theatre “is a good investment that is economically justified” for the D.C. government (Left for LeDroit)

Why can’t Metro waive fares for customers who enter a station then leave because of delays? (Dr. Gridlock)

Hanafi hostage writes book about his experience: (WUSA-TV, WRC-TV)

Why not an on-the-record briefing on DCPS test security contract? (G.F. Brandenburg)

Stabbing closes Petworth’s Island Cafe (WJLA-TV)

Time to think big about parks and recreation in D.C. (RPUS)

Down with parking subsidies (Post op-ed)

Kaya Henderson joins panel to discuss Harvey Weinstein-produced documentary on bullying (Hollywood Reporter)

Adams Morgan likely to lose its hardware store (Housing Complex)

Who owns Anacostia (R.U. Seriousing Me?)

Head-Roc still not an Adrian Fenty fan (HuffPo)

DCPS student stabbed in eye with pencil (WaTimes)

Revisiting Gordon Parks’s tremendous photos of black D.C. during World War II (HuffPo)

Please give a warm D.C. welcome to Robert Griffin III (Post)

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