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DeMorning Links: The mayor of first base


Gray, 69, is the oldest player on the field by a Ruthian long shot. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

How does Mayor Vincent C. Gray blow off steam? On the Randall softball field, tucked under the freeway off South Capitol Street. There, Paul Schwartzman reports, he leads his dominant slow-pitch team, the D.C. Dragons, in rec-league play. What kind of ballplayer is Hizzoner? “[U]mpires twice have ejected him over the years for arguing calls. A few weeks ago, after the Dragons gave up seven runs in the third inning, Gray ordered his players into a huddle and suggested in no uncertain terms that they extricate their heads from their you-know-whats.” Yep, he’s that guy. The diamond is a politics-free zone for Gray, aside from one recent taunt: “Sulaimon Brown Three!”

In other news:

Carolina Alcalde, motorcyclist paralyzed by derecho-felled tree, pledges to walk again (Post)

City network to help troubled youth is plagued by mismanagement (WJLA-TV)

Klingle Road: Is it really over? (Post, Examiner)

D.C. unemployment falls under 9 percent — lowest since February 2009 (Post, WaTimes)

Donald Trump: “I mean, we are paying too much for the Old Post Office. But we will make that so amazing that at some point in the future it’ll be very nice.” (Capital Business)

The Donald’s hotel will be relying on business travelers, banquet business to make money (Capital Business)

Can the doyenne of Brightest Young Things make it in New York? (NYT)

Prince George’s County taps DCPS official to serve as interim schools superintendent (Post)

Draft rules “drop the regulatory hammer down on virtually every type of sign, billboard or banner larger than 1 square foot” (WBJ)

Could campaign finance office figured out Team Thomas scheme earlier? (Examiner)

It ain’t easy working for Pepco (Post)

About 40 youth, few of them D.C. residents, stage pro-gun protest at Wilson Building (WaTimes)

Why not close the Corcoran Gallery to save the Corcoran College of Art and Design? (Post op-ed)

Man, 29, found badly beaten Saturday morning near Eastern Market (Post)

Security guard Leo Johnson: A hero indeed (Post editorial)

Can we “dream again” and invest in major transportation projects? (Post op-ed)

Prince George’s casino could eat a chunk out of D.C. lottery revenues (Loose Lips)

No one likes Marion Barry’s contract disapprovals but Marion Barry (Examiner)

After Bible museum plans reveals, Washington Design Center needs a new home (Capital Business)

Advocates for the blind complain about new SmarTrip machines (Post)

Companies fail to have Metro crash lawsuit dismissed (Legal Times)

D.C.’s friend-of-the-court briefs: Sometimes they matter, sometimes they don’t (Examiner)

Preliminary report indicates automatic weapon might have been used in Fort Lincoln robbery (Crime Scene)

Eatery wants to make its own booze (Young & Hungry)

Web film finds plenty of roller-skating extras in Shaw (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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