Vincent Gray’s first campaign might have been a mess, but he believes he can run on his record as mayor. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The last few months have been good to Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) — a big budget surplus, a booming economy and, most importantly, a quiet federal prosecutor. So, not six months after a second term looked impossible, Gray is strongly considering launching a reelection campaign. But hurdles abound: The federal investigation continues, Gray has to rebuild his political infrastructure, and his likely foes on are getting their ducks in a row ahead of a rapidly approaching primary. On that last point, the pre-campaign politicking is making it an interesting time for the D.C. Council, the Post’s Tim Craig reports.

In other news:

“Stars are aligning” for D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point, team owner says (Soccer Insider)

Two of five Wal-Marts are getting reworked (Capital Business)

Contract dispute reveals ongoing debate over United Medical Center’s future (WaTimes)

City regulators crack down on restaurants’ light pours (Capital Business)

Time to honor Cool “Disco” Dan, unifying force of D.C. culture (The Root DC)

Being Wendell/Wendy the Water Drop (Post)

An ultra-luxe Hilton “Conrad” could be coming to CityCenter (Capital Business)

The District is doing a lot to help criminals get exonerated, save for an “innocence commission” (Post editorial)

More needs to be done to get homeless children out of D.C.’s dismal shelter (Post editorial)

Jim Graham will hold oversight hearing at the shelter next week (WTOP)

It’s just the latest chapter in the city’s long struggle with ending homelessness (Post column)

Top city officials make case for changing parking requirements for developers (Post op-ed)

Lobbyist Rod Woodson might have a second chance at a D.C. Water board appointment (Loose Lips)

Tommy Wells wants to make it easier to shut down resellers of stolen cell phones (Post)

And he wants to expand police use of surveillance cameras (WJLA-TV)

Building support for Metro with “low-hanging fruit” (Post)

Lawyer’s flawed arguments lead federal appeals court to overturn D.C. police discrimination award (Post)

“Post and forfeit” isn’t unconstitutional, judge says (Legal Times)

Under federal pressure, CFSA agrees to provide better accommodations for the deaf (Post)

Hit-and-run driver kills 20-year-old on NoMa street (Post)

Former DCPS principal sued for allowing Maryland-resident great-grandson to attend her school (PostExaminer)

How a Baltimore printing company displayed go-go’s day-glo soul (Post)

D.C. teachers learn how to work go-go into the curriculum (Post)

Against a charter school hiatus (Examiner editorialWaTimes)

Some Metro employees make a lot of overtime (WJLA-TV)

Teenage girls implicated in Friday night street robberies (Post)

Naylor Gardens house fire injures 9-year-old (Post)

Barber shop owner pleads guilty to $20 million identity theft scheme (Examiner)

A new and intriguing form of ride-sharing (City Desk)

Family and friends renew search for missing government employee Pamela Butler (WRC-TV)

Trinidad is hot, hot, hot (UrbanTurf)

Police try to get ahead of shoe release madness (DCist)