Keep your ‘hands’ to yourself, judge says

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s signature crime-fighting initiative, All Hands on Deck, isn’t in the headlines quite as much as it once was. But the battle between Lanier and the police union over AHOD’s legality continues, and Scott McCabe reports at D.C. Crime Stories that the union won another victory Monday when a Superior Court judge upheld a labor panel’s 2011 ruling that at least some of the weekend super-deployments breached the union’s contract. The union says the city owes tens of millions of dollars in back pay, making it in union leader Kristopher Baumann’s estimation, “the most expensive public relations campaign in the nation’s history.” Lanier has not commented on the latest ruling but has previously pledged to keep AHODs going.

In other news:

Vigil held for victims of recent killings; Vince Gray attends (WNEW-FMWUSA-TVWTOP)

Yvette Alexander responds: “we must take it upon ourselves to value the lives of our African-American young men and young women before we can expect anyone else to” (Homicide Watch)

Prosecutors argue Albrecht Muth need not be present for his murder trial (AP)

What was D.C. Water’s role in fiddling with new stormwater regulations? (WaTimes)

A deeper dive into what exactly they’re regulating (Examiner.com)

Big plans for Historic Anacostia are moving forward fast (GGW)

Can better workforce development substitute for Wal-Mart’s low-wage jobs? (GGW)

Mary Cheh bill would require regular review of tax incentives’ efficacy (DCFPI)

What to call it: Capitol Riverfront? Navy Yard? Ballparkistan? (UrbanTurf)

What it’s like when a streetcar has to stop in a hurry (Dr. GridlockWAMU-FM)

The old Cissy Patterson manse could be yours for $26 million (UrbanTurf)

Cliff’s Notes for former fire chief Dennis Rubin’s new book (Loose Lips)

Peter Rosenstein declares the D.C. Council “out of touch” (Blade)

Another app makes peace with the Taxi Commission (DCist)

More meetings on Height Act changes set for August (WBJ)

Uniontown Bar & Grill will stay Uniontown Bar & Grill (CHotR)

Yes, Logan Circle is the city’s densest area (BeyondDC)

So much drug paraphernalia in plain sight (U.S. News)

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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