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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/28/2012

DeMorning Links: Trust but verify

Harry Thomas Jr. E-mails show Thomas staffers pushing the Children and Youth Investment Trust to cut fast checks to friend Jimmy Garvin. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
Could more have been done at the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. to prevent Harry Thomas Jr.’s thievery? It sure looks like it, with e-mails emerging at a Monday D.C. Council oversight hearing indicating that the Trust, under pressure from Thomas and his staff, took shortcuts in cutting checks to the nonprofit groups Thomas used as pass-throughs. The Trust’s former executive director, Millicent D. West, defended the decision in an interview with the Post. “There are a number of organizations that from time to time would have some deviation from the normal operating procedure,”she said. More from Loose Lips, Examiner, WaTimes, WRC-TV, WTTG-TV, WUSA-TV and WAMU-FM.

In other news:

Occupy D.C. rallies outside Freddie Mac office to prevent Maryland woman’s eviction (Post, DCist)

City bike chief says cross-downtown cycletrack is “on the front burner” (Examiner)

Sticky problem at Wilson High: chewing gum (D.C. Schools Insider)

CareFirst commits $8.5 million to regional safety-net clinics (Post)

DCPS has some hard-working custodians (Examiner)

IG report: Housing department failed to collect millions in condo conversion fees (WBJ)

IG report: $3.8 million in faulty Medicaid billings (WBJ)

The last time the District government tried chartering schools, it didn’t go so well (D.C. Schools Insider)

Watch out for those red-top meters! (Dr. Gridlock)

Lottery chief worries about impact of proposed National Harbor casino (Examiner)

On the occasion of Black History Month, Michael Brown remembers Harlem’s Hotel Theresa (WNEW-FM)

Unshockingly, neither Marion Barry nor Yvette Alexander win Stein Club endorsements; Tom Brown gets Ward 7 nod (Blade)

Bob McDonnell letter hasn’t eased fears of an abortion-for-autonomy trade (HuffPo)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn owes D.C. property taxes (UrbanTurf)

New renderings, details of Southwest Waterfront plans (SWLQTC)

Paul Strauss answers a burning question: “How Does Puerto Rico’s Statehood Movement Help D.C.?” (HuffPo)

The Channel 4 I-team collects gas pump inspection reports (WRC-TV)

Girl-on-girl bullying prompts mother’s appeal (WJLA-TV)

AP runs down the Viola Drath/Albrecht Muth relationship (via WTOP)

Your newest Superior Court judge: John McCabe (Legal Times)

Still no appointees to new property tax appeals board; perhaps in a few weeks! (WBJ)

DCPS kids get “SHAKESPEARIENCE” (TheaterMania)

How the DMV uses iPads (TBD)

A happy belated birthday to Tommy Wells (@TommyWells)

You know, that actually does look like a bomb (WTOP)

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