Gray congratulated last year’s Turkey Bowl champions, the Woodson Warriors. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

It’s a great event; you should go. Dunbar High School alumnus and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is using the occasion to call for wholesale changes to the city’s often dismal public school athletic programs.

In an interview with The Washington Post’s James Wagner, “Gray said the the tattered image of the DCIAA needs to be restored and the league’s athletic league needs better marketing, more sports and more resources. And he wants to bring burgeoning public charter athletics into the city-wide fold.” That means giving a team like the 9-1 Friendship Collegiate squad a chance to play on Thanksgiving. “To me, these are public schools just like other schools and we’ve got to find a place for them,” said Gray.

In other news:

OSSE fires employee who allegedly approved fraudulent payments to friend’s transportation company (D.C. Wire)

Drivers should study this map closely (WTOP)

Among Bob McCartney’s “Turkeys of the Year”: Gray, Kwame Brown, Dan Snyder (Washington Post)

Even a homeless advocate is ambivalent about reopening a shelter at Franklin School (HuffPo)

Happy Thanksgiving from Vince Gray and Harry Thomas Jr. (@HarryThomasJr5)

Some other ideas for free-turkey prerequisites (City Desk)

To ease passage of biker protection bill, why not add measures targeting scofflaw bikers? (Current via @hgil)

Two students at Anacostia charter school to be personally mentored by President Obama (WAMU-FM)

Constituent service funds fund few direct services for constituents, but lots of event sponsorships (D.C. for Democracy)

City needs to do more to identify kids with learning disabilities early on (GGW)

Watergate office space sold (Capital Business)

The Public Education Finance Reform Commission lives (D.C. Schools Insider)

Do not fear for the integrity of Halcyon House (Reliable Source)

Program note: Be back Monday.