The day after

August 7, 2013

The front page of Tuesday’s Washington Post. (The Washington Post)

After the shock of Monday’s announcement of the sale of The Washington Post, Tuesday was a day to process what it all means — including what it means for the city where the Graham family has been a fixture for decades. The Post’s Tom Heath looks at what’s next for the rest of the Graham business empire. Ben Nuckols of the Associated Press looks at what it will mean to have a Washington Post without a local owner. DCist’s Ben Freed, writing at BuzzFeed, looks at what the sale means for local journalists covering the city. In a Wonkblog interview, Post Co. chairman Don Graham says new owner Jeff Bezos will “quickly see the importance of local news, local revenue and local readers to this business.” Clinton Yates has a little bit of scene from inside 1150 15th St. NW on Monday afternoon. And WUSA-TV’s Bruce Johnson catches up with Marion Barry to get his thoughts on the sale.

In other news:

Activists say they have outed undercover D.C. cop who illegally infiltrated their activities (In These Times)

After latest D.C. jail suicide, warden declares all inmates will have cellmates (Post)

Union says jail officers aren’t equipped to spot inmates’ mental health issues (WaTimes)

Frager’s shell could soon come tumbling down, Historic Preservation Review Board willing (WBJ)

Better to just auction off public land without RFPs and affordable housing covenants and such? (GGW)

Who is pulling the bait-and-switch here: D.C. politicians or Wal-Mart? (HuffPo)

Vince Gray may be acting like he’s running for re-election, but much still depends on Ron Machen (WRC-TV)

Deputy medical examiner was pressured to change finding in DC9 patron’s death, was startled by Cathy Lanier’s description of it (AP)

D.C. Office of Risk Management says it’s open to settling more torts (Legal Times)

DDOT moves on Kalmia culvert project (WRC-TV)

Why build stadiums? “They’re cultural amenities that people want, and are willing to pay for.” (BeyondDC)

A bunch of new restaurants and businesses are coming to Shaw (GOG)

Gay proposition could be involved in Pleasant Plains murder (Blade)

Note everyone thinks the Eastern Market Metro plaza needs an upgrade (GGW)

National Cathedral has been restored to splendor after paint-splashing (DCist)

Not a lot of Posties at the Post Pub these days (City Desk)

Deer cull opponents hope Yale professors study will lead to ban (WTOP)

Inside the renovated Wonder Bread Factory in Shaw (UrbanTurf)

National “College Summit” program seems to be working for D.C. kids (GGW)

Is the panda pregnant again? (AP)

“Why DC Should Ban Cars, and How You Could Get Around if They Did” (InTheCapital)

That mega-pop-up on V Street NW hasn’t gotten much prettier (PoPville)

Post sale gets the Taiwanese animation treatment (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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