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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 08/10/2012

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Officer’s ‘laziness’ meant speed cameras weren’t properly calibrated and $17,000 in refunds had to be issued. (jahi chikwendiu - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Off for a few days outside of the District, but will leave you with the unfortunate tale of Officer David J. Cephas, a city cop tasked with maintaining the city’s speeding camera system. He collected about $17,000 in overtime, Peter Hermann reports in the Post, but “pocketed the extra money while neglecting a crucial part of his job. ... He failed to conduct hourly tests to calibrate the digital units, then falsified logbooks to cover his tracks, forcing D.C. officials to nullify 200 citations and refund $17,550 to motorists caught in the traps.” He has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts and has resigned from the force. Said Chief Cathy Lanier, “The whole thing is laziness.”

In other news:

Jonetta Rose Barras: Assessment settlements are another black eye for the city tax office (Examiner)

Audit of commercial property tax assessments has been delayed nearly two years (Examiner)

Marion Barry files one of his usual contract disapprovals on a major project in his own ward (WBJ)

D.C. abortion bill highlights “confused” principles in national GOP (Economist)

Busboys owner: I’m not “swagger-jacking” nothing (Post letter)

Also, “swagger-jacking” only happened after a long, multiracial effort to rebuild a riot-scarred U Street (The Atlantic)

Parking lot crash injures city personnel office employees (WUSA-TV)

Why D.C. isn’t quite ready to handle special-ed transportation (HuffPo)

Conservative news outlet is shocked to learn D.C. hands out condoms in schools (CNS News)

Why Olympics in D.C. is “not an impossible dream” (Post column)

MedStar gets final OK to enter city Medicaid business (WBJ)

Congress should get rid of speed cameras, “assert more authority over the federal city” (WaTimes editorial)

Metro “mystery rider” findings will remain a mystery (Examiner)

D.C. cops now have stricter guidelines on conducting warrantless searches (Legal Times)

Former GOP council candidate Marc Morgan is running for ANC (Borderstan)

Let the Tax Commission deal with high-tech tax breaks (DCFPI)

Tell the People’s Counsel how you feel about Pepco (DCist)

Video of Depression-era D.C. (Ghosts of D.C.)

Eat 10 Taylor Gourmet subs, win $200 (Roll Call)

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