Natstown USA

October 4, 2012

Teddy wins. Nats win. Everyone wins. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

With Wednesday’s afternoon win and the Reds’ evening loss, the Nationals clinched the best record in Major League Baseball and the top playoff seed. Meanwhile, the city starts to wrap its head around post-season baseball. The Nats’ first manager, Frank Robinson will throw out the first playoff pitch the city’s seen in eight decades, set for Oct. 10. Down at city hall, Mayor Vincent C. Gray is figuring out whether he can accept the free playoff tickets he and the council have been offered. He’s also nixed taxi regulators’ plans for a temporary fare hike. And a block west of the stadium, longtime residents keep on arguing over whether baseball’s been good for the neighborhood.

In other news:

Teddy won — and it’s indeed nice we won’t have to hear about it anymore (Sports Bog, City Desk)

Hero cops pulled alleged drunk driver’s victims out of burning car (Post)

For St. Elizabeths, city eyes Microsoft, architectural modeling company and lighting firm now battling for city contract (Post, WBJ)

Pepco is giving its ex-general counsel a $700,000 golden parachute (WaTimes)

Fired environmental chief Christophe Tulou speaks: “It was clear to me what we were doing was representing the public interest” (Post)

UDC “rightsizing” plan would slash faculty, move community college out of North Capitol Street building (Post, Examiner, WTTG-TV)

Why are D.C. officials giving in to Virginia’s Airports Authority bullying? (Loose Lips)

That was fast: New board member Barbara Lang will be sworn in today (WTOP)

D.C. Housing Authority considers whether to indefinitely close its waiting list (Post)

Tax office says it will plug security holes (Post)

Cathy Lanier may have to testify on disappearance of Pershing Park “running resume” (WAMU-FM)

Camera task force ponders lowering fines (Examiner)

D.C. Council will take a look at school construction shenanigans (Loose Lips)

Surprise! Unions hate proposal to charge non-resident city employees (Examiner, WaTimes, WJLA-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton says she’ll vote for budget autonomy referendum (DCist)

Cruise association said it gave the nonprofit Michael Brown ran enough money that it should have filed a 2008 tax return (Loose Lips)

D.C. cop says Prince George’s officers beat him (Post)

On the decline and fall of parking minimums (Housing Complex)

In disabled meter plan, is the D.C. government manufacturing scarcity? (National Review)

D.C. government’s IT supercontractor isn’t opening its books as promised (WBJ)

With AARP help, Gray focuses on seniors (D.C. Wire)

State Board of Education candidate has some thoughts on proposal for tighter graduation requirements (GGW)

Hesitancy remains in granting neighborhood preference in charter school admissions (D.C. Schools Insider)

Unlike federal TAG grants, UDC can benefit from new D.C. aid program (Examiner)

Friendly pit bull jumps into police cruiser, licks officer (Examiner)

Ron Moten is not a fan of banning car flyers (City Desk)

Stabbed bartender has misgivings over the blunt force of the justice system (WTOP)

Pennsylvania Avenue, hardly the among the D.C. public spaces most neglected by the National Park Service, is deemed an “endangered landscape” (AP)

To rid reflecting pool of algae, it will be drained at a cost of $100,000 (Post)

Congressional burglar continues to prowl (WJLA-TV)

When D.C. beer gets weird (City Paper)

Deborah Simmons reveals she once “imagined herself as the Mickey Mouse Club’s Annette Funicello” (WaTimes)

In the end, Dan Snyder and Dave McKenna are both just two misunderstood Skins fans doing the best they can. Or not. (ESPN)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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