The mayor-for-life lives


Marion Barry arrives for a news conference Wednesday at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Marion Barry, who turns 78 today, has never been one to dwell on his own mortality, but spending the better part of the past two months in medical care may have put matters into perspective. Hence the mayor-for-life, on the occasion of his release from MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday, pledged that he is now placing his health “at the top of the agenda.” Said Barry, “I’m not going to be here forever, but while I’m going to be here, I want to be healthy.” And, he said, he wants to remain in politics — pledging to serve out a D.C. Council term that runs through 2016 and, perhaps, then some. More from WaTimesWashingtonianWJLA-TVWTTG-TV and AP.

In other news:

Pump failure leads to boil-water advisory across upper Northwest (Post)

Time for a separate EMS department? (Post editorial)

New questions about how police and EMTs handled Columbia Heights man who died (WTTG-TV)

Study: D.C.’s economic growth isn’t trickling down to low-wage workers (DCFPI)

The Current papers endorse Vincent Gray for mayor a second time (@oblivious_dudeLoose Lips)

Meet Chuck Thies, the “mayor’s mouth” (Loose Lips)

John Boehner doesn’t seem to much care about the D.C. Council decriminalizing marijuana (Post PoliticsAPWAMU-FM)

AAA spokesman fears spate of driving while stoned (WTOP)

In first year, new common school admissions lottery attracted 17,000 applications (WAMU-FM)

Longstanding nonprofits cry foul after OTR yanks their property tax exemptions (WBJWBJ)

December unemployment is revised downward to 7.6 percent (WUSA-TV)

Ward 7 booed Andy Shallal for not opening an east-of-the-river Busboys (DofD)

Kudos to Ward 7 community groups for banding together for their candidates forum (WRC-TV)

Shallal pushes back on suggestion he leave the race (Post letter)

The candidates talk affordable housing (GGW)

It’s March, meaning it’s time to not pass a snow-shoveling bill (DCist)

For latest snow emergency, city wrote 1,124 tickets and towed more than 300 cars (Dr. Gridlock)

DMV boss: “If a hearing examiner makes an error, then that is the purpose of the appeals process. Unfortunately, it’s not the purpose of the media. It’s not the purpose of me.” (WTOP)

Gray administration commits $1 million to “tech corridor” venture fund (WBJElevationDC)

A pre-opening tour of the Marriott Marquis (WTTG-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton piles on Secret Service for lengthy road closures (City Desk)

Why CityCenter is attracting super-upscale retail (Housing Complex)

Another phase of the 11th Street bridge complex opens to traffic (Dr. GridlockJDLandWTOP)

Metro Center station will be closed this weekend (Dr. Gridlock)

Upward trend in pedestrian deaths in 2013, says report (WAMU-FMDCist)

D.C. Health Link debuts app of limited functionality (WBJ)

Ground at last broken on replacement units for Capper/Carrollsburg (JDLand)

What Good Samaritan saved this Key Bridge jumper’s life? (Post column)

Meet some Good Samaritans who saved another Key Bridge jumper’s life (Post column)

Man is dead after being shot, being found in crashed car (PostWRC-TV)

Someone bit a guy’s ear off during a Brightwood Park fight (WJLA-TV)

Current’s failure to pay freelance photographer is not a reflection of its financial condition, Current publisher says (Erik Wemple)

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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