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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/13/2012

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George’s hiring suggests CFO Natwar Gandhi has failed to heed calls to improve background checks. (Sarah L. Voisin - The Washington Post)
Tony L. George, the District of Columbia’s chief property tax appraiser, was fired from his previous job in 2010 over concerns about his lowering of property assessments and after prompting a federal discrimination lawsuit. This, Nikita Stewart and Debbie Cenziper report in Thursday’s Post, was either unknown to or ignored by his D.C. boss, Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi. With George now at the center of controversy over recent moves to lower property assessments here in D.C., Gandhi’s office isn’t answering questions about what they knew about George and when. Also note: Nearly as long as Gandhi’s been CFO, people have been telling him to improve his employee background checks.

In other news:

Former campaign treasurer’s “warrior lawyer” says Michael Brown “knows the truth” and “has a morally depraved composition” (D.C. Wire, WaTimes, Facebook)

Senate okays placing Frederick Douglass statue in the Capitol; bill awaits signature (D.C. Wire)

Peter Shapiro says he’s likely to give it another go for an at-large seat (Informer)

Two-year, $86 million White House construction project is over — but what is it? (AP)

Jeff Thompson is as cool as a man facing a herd of federal prosecutors can be (Loose Lips)

The Mount Pleasant library is back in business (Post, WJLA-TV, Examiner)

Next up for renovations: The Northeast branch, on Maryland Avenue (The Hill Is Home)

Here’s who will be on the ballot on Nov. 6 (DCBOE)

Surprise, surprise: Adrian Fenty’s backing Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago teacher battle (WAMU-FM, Examiner)

Fenty speaks, says nothing particularly interesting: “Clearly there have been some missteps, there have been some mistakes, there have been some things that shouldn’t have happened in the past” (WTTG-TV)

And, no, he’s still not coming back (Examiner)

WMATA has until Oct. 16 to roll out underground wireless service, but meeting the deadline appears unlikely (GGW)

Turning the Capital Riverfront into a “five-minute neighborhood” (WAMU-FM)

Another story about cyclists and drivers not getting along in perfect harmony (Examiner)

Alleged taxi robber Miguel Demonis is once again on the streets (Post)

Gang membership is now less about turf, says Cathy Lanier (Examiner)

Car thief strikes two motorcycle cops on Benning Road NE (WaTimes)

Georgetown students shouldn’t vote in D.C. (The Hoya)

Yes, they should (G’town Metropolitan)

“Is The Informer being blacklisted because of its black readership?” (TheFightBack)

Says the city: Yes and no (City Desk)

Appeals court tosses former elevator inspector’s bribery conviction; she’s now charged with fraud (Examiner)

Man found guilty of shooting his cousin to death (Crime Scene)

Former DCPS aide gets jail time for double-dipping unemployment checks (Examiner)

Developer Duane Gautier discusses transforming Historic Anacostia into an arts district (DCist)

Early signs show a rise in D.C. poverty; better numbers come next week (DCFPI)

World War I activists have given up on converting D.C. memorial, but they don’t like converting Pershing Park (Post column)

Bloomingdale resident: Because cause of floods is a mystery, D.C. Water chief should be fired (Bloomingdale)

Why the breast-feeding professor has a screw loose (Post column)

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