Why didn’t Marion Barry get the boot?

If you or I had racked up 21 parking or speeding tickets totaling $2,824 in fines over the course of two years, rest assured our vehicles would have long since been booted, towed and impounded. And yet D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was able to drive under those circumstances up until he crashed his Jaguar on Pennsylvania Avenue SE Saturday, the results of what he described as a diabetic episode. Barry’s camp was mum on the tickets Monday, but the Department of Public Works explained that Barry avoided the boot by getting his tickets during off hours, when boot crews aren’t on the street. So now you know: Park with relative impunity, except between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

In other news:

Andrea Tatum: The forgotten victim of the Relisha Rudd tragedy (Post)

It has been four months, Colby King notes: Where is the Rudd report? (PostPartisan)

Maryland man dressed as woman, posed as taxi driver and stole drunk riders’ credit card info (PostWaTimesDCistWAMU-FMCity Desk)

Ambulance and fire truck blocked first streetcar training run for 30 minutes (WAMU-FM)

A red-light camera monitoring a D.C. intersection in placed in Maryland. Does it matter? (WTOP)

In praise of the charter schools’ lawsuit: “[R]ather than penalizing a sector that has done more with less, officials should be devising ways to make charters whole without hurting students in traditional schools” (Post editorial)

George Lyon, plaintiff in gun carry case, is okay with some additional restrictions (WAMU-FM)

Gun case plaintiffs argue against extended stay of carry ruling (Post)

Oklahoma woman is “appalled” at what liberalism has done to D.C. — particularly the homelessness and the black people (Roll CallDCist)

Pop-up restrictions are part of planners’ proposal for “conservation districts” (SALM)

Since decriminalization, 14 people have been arrested for using marijuana in public (DCist)

The Hill reacts to D.C.’s coming foam ban (Roll Call)

Four months after Skyland “groundbreaking,” still no Wal-Mart lease (WBJ)

Bryce Harper surprises Anacostia High jocks with new locker room (Post)

How to keep DCCAS test results in the proper perspective (GGW)

Valerie Strauss takes a dim view of DCPS’s progress (Answer Sheet)

Eastern Market manager: “We want an outcome that is acceptable to all” (WBJ)

Transgender woman assaulted in broad daylight Saturday on MLK Avenue (WRC-TV)

Big G: “My flesh may be stabbed but my spirit is still unbreakable” (City Desk)

Eleanor Holmes Norton remembers Jim Brady and his efforts on behalf of gun control in D.C. (WRC-TV)

A year after announcement of Post’s sale, Don Graham has been keeping plenty busy (NYT)

Can D.C. become an electric bike manufacturing hub? (Post)

When TV news shouts, DDOT jumps (WUSA-TV)

Down goes Townhouse Tavern (PoPville)

The Washington football team doesn’t belong to Washington anymore (Post column)

Our real-estate prices may be high, but our closing costs are low (WTOP)

Watch out, here comes Eckington (PoPville)

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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