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March 20, 2013

No more local coverage for the Washington Examiner. (phase2technology.com)

In a sudden but not wholly unexpected announcement, the Washington Examiner said Tuesday it will cease its local coverage and end its daily print edition in June. In lieu of comprehensive local government and transportation coverage, delivered in 500-word bites, the Examiner will become an “opinion weekly” focused on national politics — joining, according to the Post’s Thomas Heath, “a marketplace already crowded with free and pay publications appealing to high-end Washington decision-makers, including Politico, Roll Call and the National Journal.” What might be the national scene’s marginal gain is the local news market’s undeniable loss, with dozens of fewer reporters covering regional happenings. In all, 87 Examiner employees of the newspaper will be laid off; 38 current employees will remain, joined by 20 new hires. More from Erik WempleCity DeskWBJ and DCist.

In other news:

Three D.C. ambulances could have responded to injured cop (PostWTTG-TV)

Muriel Bowser: “We’re going to have a great conversation … [about] the future of our city” (WRC-TVWUSA-TV)

Kaya Henderson has Courtland Milloy’s confidence (Post column)

There was no real news at the council meeting, but there was this (WRC-TV)

Albrecht Muth trial will be delayed after all (PostExaminer)

High-stakes hearing today on living-wage bill (Loose Lips)

Cathy Lanier testifies in Pershing Park evidence case, says she was not aware of deletion of key data (WRC-TV)

Woman, 65, accused of killing cousin is not a particularly careful criminal, according to court docs (WaTimes)

Harry Jaffe: “Vince Gray is kidding himself if he thinks he can win a second term” but Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells are “too nice” (Examiner)

Sequestration cuts to “Build America” bond program means modest rise in D.C. debt service payments (Post)

Paul Zukerberg says D.C. is a “plantation” for refusing to take up marijuana decriminalization (Post)

Matt Frumin may have an issue with his homestead deduction (Post)

Jack Evans helps new Chinatown Walgreens get a temporary liquor license (DCist)

Sequestration means city courthouses will be dirtier, more rodent-prone (Legal Times)

NextBus is far from perfect, you will be shocked to learn (Post)

After national search for chief, Metro Transit Police promotes from within (WTTG-TV)

Howard U. will build dorms on east side of campus (Housing Complex)

Tommy Wells wants stronger police protections for police dogs (Examiner)

Like many states, D.C.’s legal code is controlled by contractors (GGW)

Obama nominates Michael Kenny O’Keefe and Robert Okun to Superior Court (Examiner)

Susan Eisenhower tells Congress to scrap memorial design (ExaminerNYT)

Tighter-than-you-think budget means politicos should keep their spending ambitions in check (Blade)

Downtown cleanup crews have plenty of work to do (WBJ)

Woman dead in single-car crash in Michigan Park (Post)

How other cities combat truancy (GGW)

New 11th Street Bridge will have scenic overlooks (JDLand)

Eric Holder had jury duty Tuesday (Post)

Pass judgment on these judges (Legal Times)

Beware of Burleith backups (Current via Dish)

Cherry blossoms won’t peak until April (CWG)

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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