No end in sight

When will Jeffrey Thompson be charged? (Washington Post illustration)
When will Jeffrey Thompson be charged? (Washington Post illustration)

This was supposed to be the summer of closure, when U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. would start wrapping up his two-year-old investigation into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign and into District political corruption generally. But it looks as though the suspense may continue indefinitely: The Post’s Ann Marimow reports that the central figure in the case, businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, has agreed to waive the statute of limitations on the potential crimes being investigated, meaning prosecutors are now in no rush to charge him. That means the allegations could go unresolved into the fall, impinging on the coming campaign season. In the words of Ward 8 stalwart Phil Pannell: “It really is a disservice to the city that it is taking this long.”

In other news:

Ayawna Webster, Harry Thomas’s former chief of staff, is latest to be charged by feds (PostLoose LipsWJLA-TVWAMU-FM)

Metro union pushes back on Circulator privatization (Dr. Gridlock)

To see real safety improvements, fire a few Metro workers (Post column)

Vince Gray goes on another anti-drug-paraphernalia tour, runs into a language barrier (Loose LipsWRC-TV)

David Grosso on AG election delay: “These people are running for mayor and they think they can just snap their fingers and do away with the peoples’ will” (Blade)

Ribbon cut on Abe Pollin’s final development (WJLA-TV)

Jonetta Rose Barras is not a fan of marijuana decriminalization (Post column)

Current DOES deputy director was fired from Maryland job after accusations of contracting improprieties (Loose Lips)

Office of Human Rights embarks on school-based anti-bullying effort (BladeDCist)

D.C. corrections boss: We’re a jail, not a mental hospital (Post letter)

John Ray recalls losing to Marion Barry: “[I]t was God this and God that and God is not finished with me yet” (NYT)

District finance officials aren’t too worried about Detroit’s bankruptcy affecting city borrowing costs (Post)

So far only 200 cabs have credit-card readers installed (City Desk)

Commission of Fine Arts gives Ike Memorial key approval (WaTimesDCist)

When Klaatu walked the District’s streets, more than 800,000 people lived here (GGW)

Texas man arrested outside White House with loaded handgun, lots of ammo and two hunting knives (PostWRC-TV)

KIPP plans to bid on closed Hamilton Middle School in Ward 5 (GGW)

Miner Elementary parents have many questions about principal’s firing, get few answers from Kaya Henderson (Hill Rag)

Nine fast-food restaurants shuttered over near $500,000 in unpaid sales taxes (WBJYoung & HungryDCist)

Union Station concession workers strike over low wages (WAMU-FMDCist)

There are too many non-wheelchair-accessible restaurants (DCist)

City contractor says he wants to be mayor (Loose Lips)

Parkway Overlook is the “mothership of abandominiums” (HuffPo)

Wednesday night’s double killing pulls 2013 murder total even with 2012′s (D.C. Crime Stories)

Footpaths near Fort Totten Metro are crime havens (WJLA-TV)

A handy guide to how much you’re actually paying at small plates restaurants (Young & Hungry)

Adam Kokesh says when he gets out of jail, he’ll run for president on a platform of abolishing the federal government (WTTG-TV)

The Nationals are America’s fifth-least-popular baseball franchise (WNEW-FM)

Prospect Street NW: the million-dollar ghetto (G’town Metropolitan)

“Tombs patron reports being stabbed … was just high instead” (Vox Populi)

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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