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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 02/08/2012

DeMorning Links: State of the District

Mayor Vincent C. Gray makes his way from the rostrum Tuesday night. (Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) packed the Sixth & I Synagogue last night for his State of the District address, in which he acknowledged his missteps, tried to redefine his “One City” vision and vowed to create an economy “less reliant on the federal government and less dependent on real estate development.” Nikita Stewart has more. Aggrieved firefighters showed up, and while they didn’t applaud for Gray, they also didn’t walk out or otherwise demonstrate during the speech. However, Marion Barry managed to steal the spotlight a bit after falling ill. Read the full text — the only version not in all caps! And see more coverage from WAMU-FM, Examiner, WaTimes.

In other news:

Metro agrees to revisit Jim Graham’s actions on Florida Avenue land deal (Post editorial)

In defense of “Favored Quadrant arrogance” (HuffPo)

The controversial bill targeting gas station mogul Joe Mamo is dead (TBD, Loose Lips)

FY13 budget gap stands at $150 million (DCFPI)

Where the poverty is (Urban Institute via DCist)

Among the “Capitol Assets” — California representative’s support for Eastern Market earmark (Post)

House panel okays bill to offer wiggle room in special-election scheduling (Roll Call)

D.C. statehood resolution goes to floor of New Hampshire House (WaTimes)

Jack Evans is hoping the NFL will help build a new Redskins stadium (Housing Complex)

Evans also wants to pursue bond-tax repeal (WaTimes)

Gifted-and-talented program not a new thing for DCPS (D.C. Schools Insider)

D.C. Republicans’ new executive director is an Adams Morgan resident (Examiner)

Gay divorce bill passes first reading vote (AP)

The Georgetown retail picture ain’t too pretty (G’town Metropolitan)

Golden Triangle BID demands creative bike racks! (DCist)

FEMS spokesperson knows how to find the delete button (WaTimes)

More details and renderings on Southwest Waterfront development (DCmud)

Planning office starts releasing zoning rewrite drafts (Current via Dish)

What does Capital City Diner’s closing mean for other struggling commercial corridors? (RIA Insider)

Officials react to unemployment scam (WRC-TV)

EXCLUSIVE: AAA still doesn’t like speed cams (WMAL-AM)

Neither does Ward 7 council candidate Bill Bennett (Post)

But Tom Sherwood is making sense: “Slow Down, Simple as That” (WRC-TV)

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