Swimming pool politics

Temperatures are supposed to inch toward 90 degrees today, and are expected to stay until the end of the week, so it’s a good thing the city’s 19 outdoor public pools are open for business. Mayor Vincent C. Gray got the pool season underway Friday, sitting on a lifeguard stand as several of his top aides and a gaggle of cute kids jumped into the Harry Thomas Rec Center pool on a cold and cloudy day. Gray, once again, opted not to perform a Tony Williams-style cannonball — prompting WRC-TV’s Tom Sherwood to quiz Gray’s potential replacements about their feelings on the matter. Turns out Muriel Bowser and Jack Evans are pro-cannonball, while Tommy Wells was noncommittal: “I’m not sure people want to see me do a cannonball,” he said. Also on the pool beat: Post columnist Petula Dvorak isn’t pleased with the panoply of pool rules at city aquatic facilities these days.

Nota bene: If somehow, during last week’s DeMorning Links hiatus, you failed to check out WAMU-FM’s weeklong “Deals for Developers” series looking at the relationship between campaign donations and real estate subsidies, you should remedy that as soon as possible.

In other news:

The collapse of Jeffrey Thompson’s Chartered Health Plan has hit small medical practices hardest (Post)

K Street tunnel speed camera is now the city’s most lucrative (Post)

But it’s hard to beat New York Avenue camera gantlet for sheer ticket volume (Post)

More D.C. inmates are on PCP than in other U.S. cities (WaTimes)

The city’s child-care subsidy program is a “disgrace” (Post editorial)

“[T]here are twice as many marijuana arrests in the District as there are students graduating from D.C. high schools each year” (Post op-ed)

Growing CoStar, searching for a new home, eyes Franklin School (Capital Business)

Labor Department ruling on CityCenter wages is “an unjustified, and potentially expensive, departure from previous legal understandings” (Post editorial)

Phil Mendelson nixes Jack Evans’ quasi-earmarking (Examiner)

And discovers that it’s easy to keep everyone happy when the budget is flush (Examiner)

Long lines persist at Anacostia’s social services one-stop center (CHotR)

Uber calls off the dogs (Uber Blog)

On power-line burial, D.C. leads and Maryland can only follow (Post column)

Jonetta Rose Barras is exercised over alleged CBE deficiencies in lottery contract (Examiner)

In praise of David Catania’s heavy oversight hand (Post letter)

Gang dispute led to North Capitol Street mass shooting, authorities say (Post)

Pregnant woman is shot and wounded Friday night on Bladensburg Road (Post)

Five stabbed Saturday night outside Stadium Club (Post)

Four stabbed Monday morning outside CCNV (Post)

What’s in the final education budget (DCFPI)

City’s teen pregnancy rate falls, mirroring national trend (Examiner)

Travel Web site sales taxes could net District tens of millions (WBJ)

Allen Lew is a big fan of local megacontractor Clark Construction (Post)

Hearing today on controversial naming of intersection for Bulgarian Holocaust figure (AP)

Liquor license fight over Brookland restaurant/bar (WJLA-TV)

Michael O’Keefe, Robert Okun confirmed to Superior Court judgeships (Legal Times)

And, holy cow, the Senate confirmed a D.C. Circuit nominee (WaTimes)

Options PCS students treat seniors to haircuts and manicures (Post)

A sustainable D.C. should include sidewalks for all (Post letter)

The tiny parks are soo much better in San Francisco (GGW)

Someone stole a kitten from the New York Avenue animal shelter (WJLA-TV)

Adams Morgan dining: “al fresco. al frisky.” (PoPville)

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 23, 2013