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Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 09/20/2011

DeMorning Links: The Council’s back


Kwame Brown & Co. get back to business. (Katherine Frey - THE WASHINGTON POST)
It’s back-to-the-dais time! The D.C. Council returns from its summer recess today, and there’s one big ticket item on the agenda: An income tax hike. Tim Craig reports in the Post that “a majority of the council has apparently signed on to a plan for a new top bracket of 8.95 percent,” replacing a retroactive tax on non-District municipal bonds. The key vote appears to be Mary M. Cheh; the Ward 3 Democrat previously opposed the high-earners tax. Tim notes: “If the majority remains intact, the vote could be another setback for Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown. ... Despite the powers he holds as chairman, Brown has struggled at times to keep members from overriding his wishes on budget and tax matters.” More roundups from Examiner, WaTimes and WAMU-FM.

In other news:

”iGaming” agreement “contains possible ambiguities on how the city and company will split millions of dollars in gambling proceeds” (Post)

Rapes are up sharply over last year — are more women being attacked, or are more women reporting attacks? (Post, Examiner)

”Give D.C.’s new sex-ed test a chance” (Post)

Marie-Therese Connolly, activist who fights elder abuse, is a “genius grant” winner (Post)

Harry Jaffe and I fully agree: H Street Fest is awesome (Examiner)

Robert Brannum stands accused of mishandling police group’s finances (WaTimes)

Yet again, the Council has to fix its smoking ban exemption (Smokefree DC)

Secrecy rules frustrate search for answers on child welfare cases (HuffPo D.C.)

The man who died outside DC9 had only alcohol in his system (City Desk)

Why you shouldn’t use Adrian Fenty to advance an argument for open primaries (Ballot Access News)

The trial for voting rights activists didn’t happen (Legal Times, DCist, WAMU-FM

City employment program “has enrolled its first full class of transgender individuals” (Metro Weekly)

Is “glitzy” Kennedy Center gala “really the best or even appropriate way to celebrate teachers and their profession”? (Answer Sheet)

A report from David Grosso’s campaign kickoff (Examiner.com)

In offering map data for free, D.C. does better than its neighbors (GGW)

Three nominated for D.C. Court of Appeals seat: Roy McLeese III of the U.S. Attorney’s Office; D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz; and lawyer Geoffrey Klineberg (Legal Times)

The District’s oldest apartment building is in sad shape (DCmud)

”Stray voltage” is under control, DDOT says (WUSA-TV)

Hardy Middle School gets its own wetland (Patch)

Was our modernist Metro a mistake? (Post)

GU caves to neighbors on bus turnaround (G’town Dish, Patch)

More than you probably wanted to know about Dumbarton House (GGW)

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