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Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 01/19/2012

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Barry in 2009, flanked by son Christopher and then-spokeswoman Natalie Williams, who is now running against him. (Melina Mara - The Washington Post)
Could Marion Barry lose? Deborah Simmons of the Washington Times ponders the unthinkable in her column today, writing that the mayor-for-life is “in survival mode,” having lost touch with his Ward 8 constituency. Prime among her examples is Barry’s support for the location of a women’s shelter in downtown Anacostia over the loud objections of neighbors. “Ward 8 residents have begun asking, ‘Mr. Barry, what have you done for me lately?’ Consider this too: It’s not that Mr. Barry hasn’t fought a good class-warfare fight before. It’s just that blacks rarely posed a serious threat to victory. This year, they are staring him down.” Question is, do the likes of Jacque Patterson, Natalie Williams, Darrell Gaston, Jauhar Abraham or Sandra Seegars have what it takes to capitalize?

In other news:

David M. Rubenstein — already a leading patron of the arts, history and pandas — gives $7.5 million to fix the Washington Monument (Post)

D.C. will no longer pay for job training programs specializing in commercial driver’s licensing (WAMU-FM)

Dim record for District government in tracking spending on job-creation incentives (Examiner)

Meet Adrian Parsons, artist turned D.C. democracy activist (City Paper)

Kudos for District’s steps to ease gun ownership, but “officials need to try harder” (WaTimes editorial)

What Metro is doing to protect its bus drivers (Post)

And Metro has started installing cameras in rail cars (Examiner)

More questions about the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. (Loose Lips)

The mysterious International Graduate University is getting sued by the city for back taxes (Housing Complex)

Did you know D.C. has two youth mayors? (HuffPo)

“National Churchill Library and Center” headed to GWU campus (AP)

An update on Near Southeast development by the fabulous JDLand (Where We Live)

Hipster warehouse will host retail (Housing Complex)

More on UDC’s forthcoming student center (D.C. Wire)

Occupy protesters pursue class status in bid to stay on Park Service land (Legal Times)

Patrol car overturns in New York Avenue crash (WJLA-TV)

The folly of pseudoscientific geographic rankings, or, why we’re really not intolerant (DCist)

2011 in leftist activism (Jobs With Justice)

Shape up, ANC 4D! (Petworthies)

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