Nine died in the June 22, 2009, crash. (James M. Thresher/For The Washington Post)

On the third anniversary of the Red Line crash that killed nine near the Fort Totten station, Metro is safer but still has work to do on safety. So report Katherine Shaver and Lori Aratani, noting that the transit authority “has continued to struggle with safety problems.” Friday Mayor Vincent C. Gray will dedicate a plaque honoring the victims, located on the New Hampshire Avenue bridge overlooking the crash site. And the Examiner notes a related anniversary: Friday is the last day to file legal claims related to the crash.

In other news:

What Gray hopes to accomplish in China (Post)

Frederick Douglass statue plans get a lift from Chuck Schumer (HuffPo)

City moves to regain control of special-education busing (WAMU-FM/AP)

Police announce task force on hate crime issues (Crime Scene)

Defense lawyer accused of crooked dealings will learn fate Friday (Post)

Shooting near H Street NE, coupled with shop owner’s killing, raises neighborhood crime fears (WTTG-TV)

Census data: D.C. schools still among top per-pupil spenders (Examiner)

People just love complaining to Harry Jaffe about police pay issues (Examiner)

More from Wednesday’s Verizon Center signs hearing (D.C. Sports Bog)

ABC Board trashes the notion that “the mere sight of adults in a tavern consuming alcohol is harmful to children” (GGW)

Also cracks down on half-pitchers of margaritas at Lauriol Plaza (PoP)

Reeves Center Post Office will open in a week (Borderstan)

But LGBT center won’t be relocating there (Metro Weekly)

Villareal Johnson is challenging Dorothy Douglas for her State Board of Education seat (Informer)

Nationals Park to get “nonprofit sustainability showroom and learning center,” costing taxpayers $1.5 million (WBJ)

Tony Williams tapped for Bank of Georgetown board (WBJ)

Shocker: Cab drivers don’t like that the gas surcharge expired (City Desk)

Another hearing on Hine deal reveals more compromises (EMMCA)

More opining on the LivingSocial tax deal (GGW, DCFPI)

Bad Brains after three decades: It’s complicated (City Paper)

Tony Lewis Jr. tries to redeem his tarnished name (CNN)

Mayoral Navigators used to be cheaper (Loose Lips)

Occubarn lawyer plans appeal on grounds of “whether it’s fair to convict a homeless person for urinating in public” (HuffPo)

Shrimp Boat could soon be sold (Housing Complex)

Rudolph Contreras officially joins the federal bench here (Legal Times)

Perhaps the Corcoran Gallery should just close its doors (Post letter)

You can get city help to get lead paint out of your house (Post)

Summer police kickoff draws hundreds to Stanton Elementary (Crime Scene)

FEMS fishes guy out of C&O Canal (Patch)

Afghan hound is heat wave victim (WJLA-TV)

Postal Museum is getting bigger (WTOP)

Clickbait: Nats have “Baseball’s Worst Fans” (Atlantic)