School buses are a symbolic win for the city. (Sean Locke — iStockphoto)

On Thursday, a federal judge agreed to let the District government manage its fleet of 800 school buses tasked with transporting some 3,500 special-education students who attend private schools at taxpayer cost. Why is this important? The buses have been in the expensive hands of a court-appointed manager for nine years. The decision is the second long-running class action lawsuit against the city to end in the past year, and it’s another step forward as the city seeks to put the legacy of its 1990s mismanagement behind it. The caveat: In 2010, the same judge made a similar decision, only to reverse course as the city botched the takeover. Let’s hope Mayor Vincent C. Gray makes sure things are different this time.

In other news:

Bike groper pleads guilty (Post)

D.C. and NCPC will study Height Act changes for Congress (D.C. WireHousing ComplexWaTimesGGW)

With health insurance exchange close to reality, D.C. is way ahead of states who balked at Obamacare (WaTimes)

Kaya Henderson highlights truancy “crisis” (PostExaminerWTTG-TV)

DCPS graduation rate is better, but still not good (D.C. Schools InsiderExaminer)

Will Kwame Brown try running for the open at-large council seat? (Post editorial)

Still a lot of undervotes in at-large council races (DCist)

Mitt Romney’s best D.C. precincts: Embassy Row, Spring Valley, Georgetown (G’town Metropolitan)

Muriel Bowser will hold hearing on voting difficulties (D.C. Wire)

“I just campaigned hard,” says Calvin Gurley (Loose Lips)

Jonetta is not sold on school closings (Examiner)

Don’t get any wise ideas after Puerto Rico’s statehood vote (DCist)

Taxi Commission ponders inauguration surcharge (WTOP)

Pennsylvania Avenue’s quadrennial inauguration repaving starts next week (WABA)

A surprise birthday party for the mayor and Mendo (Examiner)

Aggressive raccoon in Foggy Bottom (PoP)

Darn council members not understanding tax break’s “catalytic impact,” says Hizzoner (Housing Complex)

Another challenge to “post-and-forfeit” arrests (Legal Times)

Someone is knocking on doors, impersonating a Dunbar High band member (WJLA-TV)

Bloomingdale firehouse will become restaurant in five months, promise (DCmud)

So Others Might Eat has big plans near Benning Road Metro (WBJ)

LivingSocial did not want to appear to be in search of a “handout” when it was in search of a handout (WBJ)

81-year-old woman assaulted in burglary (PostWaTimes)

Health-care advocate Sharon Baskerville looks to try the private sector … (WBJ)

… After her pet project of a medical record exchange was pronounced dead (WBJ)

Not every building needs parking, because not all residents want parking (GGW)

Cheh to self-driving-car-bill critic: I’ve already fixed the problems you speak of (Post letter)