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October 18, 2012

Are the Nationals soaking their fans with the lack of a full NLCS ticket refund? (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

In an e-mail this morning, Ted Lerner and family said thank you to Nationals fans who supported the team through its historic playoff season. But those who pre-purchased tickets to the National League Championship Series that won’t be happening aren’t going to be feeling too gracious. While the face value of those tickets and a “convenience charge” will be refunded, a $6 per ticket $4-per-order service charge will not be refunded, WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reports. (Fans in Baltimore are being treated similarly.) The charge, a team spokesperson told Augenstein, is to cover “costs involved with printing and mailing tickets.” Let’s do some math: $6 per ticket $4 per order times 41,888 seats divided (generously) by 4 tickets per order times four home playoff games equals about $167,000 a hair over $1 million. Were these tickets to be printed on gold leaf and hand-delivered by private courier? [Update, 11:45 a.m.: The charge is $4 per order, not $6 per ticket. Still a lot, considering most will be delivered by e-mail not physical delivery.]

In other news:

The Corcoran board has been entertaining a move since July 2011; board has considered Fort Totten site (Post)

While there’s no evidence David Catania has favored M.C. Dean as a council member, his employment there “still looks iffy” (Loose Lips)

DCPS fires H.D. Woodson football coach after using an ineligible player in a recent game (Post)

Vincent Gray rolls out CBE reforms (Loose LipsD.C. WireWaTimesExaminerWUSA-TV)

And he’s not sold on lowering speed camera fines (WTOPWJLA-TV)

More than a third of D.C. HIV/AIDS patients are over 50: ‘They were young people with risky behaviors and now they’ve become older people with risky behaviors,’ says official (AP)

City to Chartered Health Plan enrollees: Don’t worry (WBJ)

Food truck lobby says new regulations are “vague,” “unreasonable” and “unbalanced” (All We Can Eat)

UDC students and employees push back on “right-sizing” plan (Informer)

Metro now says tunnel phone service won’t come until December 2015 (Post)

Attorney General’s office won’t release legal opinion critical of budget autonomy referendum (WaTimes)

D.C. isn’t the only place figuring out how to handle officials’ personal e-mail accounts (Legal Times)

Trial gets underway with self-defense plea from D.C. cop accused of soliciting, shooting at transgender prostitute and others (PostWJLA-TV)

Split verdict in assault of lesbians in Columbia Heights (Metro Weekly)

8.8 percent of D.C. government workers make $100,000 per year or better (Examiner)

DCPS drops plan to charge parents rent for supplemental educational programs (D.C. Schools Insider)

Hine School zoning approval pushed back another month (DCmud)

Preservation concerns complicate car barns (Housing Complex)

Mid-block U-turns on Pennsylvania Avenue are epidemic (One Good Wheel)

Was the $800,000 Jim Graham report  a waste of Metro’s money? (Post letter)

Where Bikeshare riders went after Wednesday’s Nationals game (CaBi)

Ethics board says it will be up to speed by early next month (ExaminerPatch)

Can the District become “age-friendly”? (Informer)

Joe Sternlieb settles in at the Georgetown BID, vows to improve transportation connections (Dish)

Mary Brooks Beatty makes her case to GLBT voters (Blade)

Phil Mendelson wins highest overall rating from gay activist group (Blade)

Man’s body pulled from Anacostia River near 11th Street Bridge (AP)

Shooting near starburst intersection leaves man in critical condition (Crime Scene)

Man dies in Petworth oxygen tank fire (Crime Scene)

Guilty plea in Chinatown gambling parlor case (Post)

Beware the millennials and their “microunits” (themail)

After shooting incident, “occasionally fabled, off-the-grid locus for some of D.C.’s more progressive and/or blissed out party cultures” is closed (Arts Desk)

Would you like a half-smoke with your half-marathon? (DCist)

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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