Don’t call it an apology tour

Looks like Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s apology tour isn’t, in fact, a tour at all. Hizzoner declined to repeat the sentiments he expressed to WUSA-TV’s Bruce Johnson when asked about it by newspaper reporters Wednesday night. And when pressed Thursday by WRC-TV, Gray again would not discuss the apology and grew annoyed at reporter Tom Sherwood’s questioning. Meanwhile, in wake of the televised mea culpa, The Post’s editorial board has a question for Gray: Why can’t you be more like Chris Christie? The New Jersey governor deflated his own scandal Thursday, at least temporarily, by holding an exhaustive two-hour news conference.

In other news:

Survey says disposable bag use is way down, but tax data suggests it is holding steady (Post)

Cathy Lanier seeks to ease dirty-cop concerns at community meeting (WTTG-TVWRC-TVWUSA-TVWJLA-TVWTOPAP)

Mayoral candidates debate in Georgetown — without Gray but with uninvited Christian Carter (Loose LipsDish)

Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks out after being denied chance to testify on latest D.C. abortion bill (Roll CallWAMU-FMWUSA-TVCity DeskDCistWaTimes)

Franklin School “should be a monument to education in our country” — not a boutique hotel (Post column)

Meet your new chief librarian, Richard Reyes-Gavilan (DofD)

DCPS official fined $1,500 for misusing disabled parking placard (WaTimes)

Albrecht Muth trial Day 3: Witnesses say Muth abused Viola Drath before her death (Homicide Watch)

The struggle to make New Communities work at Lincoln Heights does not bode well for Barry Farm (Housing Complex)

Jonetta Rose Barras doesn’t believe in firefighters as crime deterrents (Post column)

A tenuous linkage between voting rights and poverty (Atlantic)

Norton: “Without Donna [Brazile], I would not be here” (Washingtonian)

NCPC gives final approval to Old Post Office plans (WBJ)

Gray will hear Virginia Avenue tunnel concerns later this month (JDLand)

More ballpark-area development means less public parking (JDLand)

The case for requiring affordable housing in city land deals (DCFPI)

Ward 2 resident waits two years for appeals board to rule on parking ticket (WTOP)

Pasta Mia could be closing soon (GOG)

It’s official: National Book Festival won’t be on the Mall this year (Post Style)

Trader Joe’s could open on U Street before Election Day (UrbanTurf)

Cathy Lanier on the Politics Hour (WAMU-FM)

New Redskins coach was the “Michael Jordan of Arena Football” (Sports Bog)

Latest doomed business venture: Georgetown record store (Arts Desk)

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 · January 9