Marion Barry kept talking about his controversial comments today, doing an interview with CNN: “Get busy,” he tells shop owners. “Clean your stores up.” The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the controversy through the lens of Barry’s past: “In 1979, [Barry] wasn’t going to become mayor through demagoguery and black populism. But in 2012, he can surely reign as king of Ward 8 with that mix. It’s sad to see. Very George Wallace-like.”

In other news:

City inspectors are ordering secondhand shops to get expensive licenses (Arts Desk, HuffPo)

DCPS graduation rate, while worse, is actually better (D.C. Schools Insider)

The most efficient way to circumnavigate Metrorail (DCist)

Capitol Hill robbery “plague” gets four years in prison (Crime Scene)

Strip club: Hail to the “Washington football team” (Sports Bog)