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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/13/2011

A long-neglected park and an ethics reminder

Good morning. We all should feel somewhat cooler today — except for Roger Clemens, whose trial starts this morning.

Enjoy your late nights this summer, Montgomery County teens, because they soon could be a thing of the past. The County Council is thinking about imposing a curfew on the under-18 crowd.

A spate of accidents within an hour on downtown streets injured six yesterday. A 32-year-old Maryland woman was sentenced to 20 years for striking and killing two men while she was driving drunk last year. We have crashes on the highways multiple times every day — be careful out there.

As unveiled moment by moment on Twitter yesterday, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s reshuffling of committee assignments seemed like a power play. Tommy Wells lost his public works and transportation committee chairmanship, Mary Cheh was elevated and Brown kept schools and economic development for himself. Reporter Mike DeBonis calls it the death of the progressive caucus; The Post’s opinion pages editorialized on it; bloggers were abuzz. How it affects actual local services? We’ll see.

Willis Crockett, left, watches as his son Anthony Gregory, 5, takes part in a day of volunteer planting at Planters Grove park located at 50th Street and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE. Timothy Collier is on the right. (Mark Gail - The Washington Post)
The importance of local memory: A big contiguous park in Northeast D.C. has been undergoing cleanup for years, and the latest step is at Planters Grove, which used to be a Needle Park kind of place. Heard that one before? Here’s a similar story from 2006, stripped of its photos and maps, but with history intact.

The importance of ethics: A federal judge has thrown out the capital murder conviction and death sentence of a drug dealer and in a 57-page opinion lambasted the veteran Prince William County prosecutors who alleged that the drug dealer orchestrated the slaying of his marijuana supplier more than a decade ago. Let it be noted that the prosecutor strongly disagreed with the judge’s conclusions.

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