Vince and Ron share a stage

In the latest reminder that there’s unfinished business between federal prosecutors and Mayor Vincent C. Gray, WRC-TV cameras on Friday captured Gray and U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. awkwardly sharing the spotlight at a police memorial event. The awkwardness includes the top prosecutor refusing to acknowledge Gray’s entrance and a “cool undercurrent of distance” between the men, as Tom Sherwood put it. Machen insisted the event was “not awkward at all,” and Gray brushed off any suggestion of controversy. Said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, “It’s important for both of them to be here.”

In other news:

Council members say they aren’t ready to approve rewritten food truck regulations (PostDCistExaminerYoung & HungryWTOP)

D.C. Water hiring is subject of Washington Interfaith Network’s latest campaign (Post)

Saturday water main break inundates downtown construction site (Post)

Judge appears awfully skeptical of school-closings lawsuit (PostWAMU-FM)

Jack Evans wants to get rid of “gotcha” ethics rules (Examiner)

Marion Barry on faith: “I’ve always believed in a God; the question is whether he was relevant to the situations” (Examiner)

“State” oversight bodies in education and jobs need greater independence from mayoral control (Post op-ed)

Anita Bonds has Evans’s support in bid to exempt some seniors from property taxes (Examiner)

Oliver T. Carr II pledges to rebuild the family real estate empire (Capital Business)

Residents of Southwest condo buildings are at war with developer over historic designation of I.M. Pei buildings (Housing Complex)

Historic preservation official on Height Act changes: “I don’t think we have any opinion at this point” (UrbanTurf)

Some Chinatown property owners are opposing the expansion of the downtown preservation zone (Asian Fortune)

Ketanji Brown Jackson, D.C.’s newest federal judge, is sworn in by Justice Stephen Breyer (Legal Times)

Three-year-old girl struck by stray bullet is home from the hospital (WUSA-TV)

Four members of “Show Out” crew sentenced for downtown assaults and robberies (Post)

Burglar caught in the act of brazen Sunday afternoon home invasion (Post)

Why adult literacy needs a funding boost (Post op-ed)

Gray administration debuts “silver alert” program (WJLA-TV)

With property acquisitions, Doug Jemal moves closer to starting New York Avenue project (WBJ)

Council members try to find more money for arts groups (Examiner)

“Six Days of the Condor” author writes about McKinley Tech (Answer Sheet)

Less than two weeks of Potholepalooza left (WTOP)

The legend of “Smokin’” Al Koken (Post)

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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Mike DeBonis · May 10, 2013