What happened to Michael Kingsbury?

For more than 30 hours Sunday and Monday, family members, friends, neighbors and authorities searched frantically around Trinidad and through the city and region for Michael Kingsbury, a 7-year-old with autism who wandered out of his West Virginia Avenue NE home Sunday morning. Frustrations boiled over throughout the day Monday, with Michael’s mother and others questioning the police search, knowing every second longer he remained missing, the chances for a happy ending diminished. The story would indeed have a tragic conclusion: Michael was found dead Monday evening, Clarence Williams and Peter Hermann report in the Post, on the floor of a car parked in an alley just yards from the Kingsbury home. What remains is a shattered family and too many questions about whether Michael’s death could have been prevented by a smarter or more thorough search.

In other news:

The Washington Monument, in a new light (Post)

Tony Cheng trial, with star witness Leon Swain, is set for December (PostWaTimes)

Cop accused of threatening the first lady is cleared of most serious charges but will be suspended for “conduct unbecoming an officer” (Post)

Small group of supporters rallies at Wilson Building behind Kenneth Ellerbe (Loose LipsWJLA-TVWTTG-TVWRC-TV)

Living wage bill will “prompt companies to think twice about coming to the District, particularly to struggling neighborhoods that most need jobs and services” (Post editorial)

Donald Trump details Old Post Office plans to NCPC (WBJ)

Including handy guide to downtown parking! (@WashBizNeibs)

Marion Barry, of course, has an opinion on the Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer comeback bids (CNN)

What the slow redevelopment of Sursum Corda/Temple Courts/Northwest One means (WonkblogHousing Complex)

Shaw/Logan power outage recurs (PostWTOP)

What stakeholders are saying about David Catania’s education bills (Post)

What will the new, harder-line Washington Teachers’ Union leadership mean for DCPS? (GGW)

Tommy Wells: Don’t neuter the elected AG (Post letter)

Under investigation cloud, Bazilio Cobb spins off part of business (Accounting Today via Loose Lips)

Filmed shotgun-loading was no joke, activist says (WRC-TV)

Foggy Bottom activists say Jack Evans reneged on deal to have GWU pay $700,000 for alley closing (The Barras Report)

Let the government lawyers run! (WBJ)

No, D.C. Water doesn’t cause old pipes to leak (Legal Times)

Holding utilities accountable for public-space damage (GGW)

Man found shot Monday afternoon on North Capitol Street (Post)

Second arrest in drag performer attack (Blade)

Health exchange will feature “major marketing campaign with unusually high stakes” (WBJ)

Hailo is here (Capital Business)

Harris Teeter bought by Kroger (Dealbook)

Developer of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE: “[T]here’s no reason not to call it that” (Reliable Source)

City First Bank chief says he will indeed keep the city first (WBJ)

JBG already looking to flip H Street Wal-Mart development (WBJ)

It’s not easy moving an Alexander Calder (Post)

It’s also not easy getting a student discount from Metro (GGW)

We have great pizza and sandwiches, thank you very much, Mr. Smarmy New York Times Book Reviewer (GOGDCistSlate)

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 · July 8, 2013