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One of two kittens maimed by Eric Felipe Gaskin, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty charges. (Washington Humane Society)

Tuesday was not a happy day in the realm of interspecies relations in the District of Columbia. Sean Delontay Branch, 24, was sentenced to four months in jail for dropping a 90-pound cement slab on a sleeping six-month-old puppy behind a Trinidad convenience store. Eric Felipe Gaskin, 39, pleaded guilty to a felony animal cruelty charge for attempting to declaw two kittens in his Greenway home, leading to their eventual euthanization. And it was announced that two dogs were found dumped in a trash can in a Fort Davis alley Sunday — one already dead, the other injured and later euthanized. The Washington Humane Society is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

In other news:

Ex-OCFO internal affairs chief: Natwar Gandhi was afraid audits would “get out to the press and make him look bad” (Post)

More details emerge on Woodley Park stabbing death, rooted in a marijuana deal that wasn’t (PostWaTimesExaminer)

Kids these days love to stab people (WRC-TV)

Were Vincent Orange’s free turkeys (ethically) kosher? (Loose Lips)

Courtland Milloy: “In the new D.C., the rich take a stroll. The poor take a hike.” (Post column)

Four-year-old was left alone on special-ed bus; two city employees fired (Post)

Kevin Payne bids adieu to D.C. United after 18 years — still without a stadium deal (PostSoccer Insider)

Gene Robinson, first openly gay Episcopal bishop, will be ‘bishop-in-residence’ at Dupont’s St. Thomas parish (HuffPo)

Progress stymied by “maddening problems” in city procurement (Post editorial)

Sean Taylor died five years ago (Post columnThe Root DC)

The New York Times on Lawrence Guyot (NYT)

Eleanor Holmes Norton takes D.C. flag fight to House floor (D.C. Wire)

St. Elizabeths developers, step on up (WBJHousing ComplexDCmud)

New 11th Street Bridge ramp (I-695 east to DC 295 north) to open in coming weeks (WRC-TV)

Dozen iMacs stolen from Capitol Hill’s Brent Elementary (WRC-TV)

Parents rally against Francis-Stevens closure (WJLA-TV)

This hearing on vacant school buildings was mysteriously cancelled (D.C. Schools Insider)

Charter school enrollment this year is beating expectations (Examiner)

On the “slow moving train wreck” that is the D.C. Democratic State Committee (WRC-TV)

Don’t worry about the “fiscal cliff,” Harry Jaffe says: D.C. will be fine (Examiner)

Seven of 24 playgrounds rated a severe safety risk (Examiner)

Time that you appreciate the “romantic naturalism” east of the river (GGW)

Spate of armed robberies in Washington Highlands (Crime Scene)

Verizon Center is going from Coke to Pepsi (Sports Bog)

Contra Michael Brown’s warnings, it doesn’t look like Congress will act to keep states from legalizing Internet gambling (WaTimes)

Chinatown businesses moan about crappy Wizards, nonexistent Caps (WJLA-TV)

Wizards fans just plain moan (Post)

No, you definitely can’t make a U-turn on Pennsylvania Avenue (DCist)

Beware thieves eyeing the bag hanging on your restaurant chair (Post)

Can tiny houses thrive in D.C.’s back yards? (Post)

It’s good to be the KIPP (Answer Sheet)

Corcoran will highlight ’80s hardcore and go-go subcultures (Washingtonian)

Eleanor is very interested in “synthetic marijuana” (AP)

Many Washingtonians were not pleased by the advent of the parking meter (Ghosts of DC)

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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