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‘One City,’ two federations

Federation of Civic Associations president Barbara Morgan gets a meeting underway last week. (Linda Davidson — The Washington Post)

In Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s ‘One City,’ know that there’s still plenty to divide us. Take something as basic as neighborhood activism: There are two umbrella groups that aim to speak for residents on matters of citywide import. One, the Federation of Citizens Associations, is mostly white. The other, the Federation of Civic Associations, is mostly black. The reasons for the schism go back a century, to a segregationist era. These days, neither group is explicitly racist, but the past continues to color their dealings. Most recently, a matter as picayune as scheduling a joint candidates forum ended in raw feelings.

In other news:

Storm’s a-comin’ (Capital Weather Gang)

Longer school day and/or school year is part of DCPS teacher contract talks (PostExaminer)

Judge okays Chartered Health Plan sale, but appeals to come (PostWBJExaminer)

Gray spokesman calls Jeff Thompson an “awful, rotten businessman” (Post column)

Is FEMS a “dysfunctional agency” that is “undermining public safety”? (Post)

It’s been two years since Sulaimon Brown became a household name (Examiner)

After Jim Graham reprimand, IG Charles Willoughby has plenty to answer for (Post column)

Jack’s Boathouse contract awarded to Massachusetts company; litigation continues (APHousing Complex)

D.C. says it can account for vast majority of Skyland transactions questioned by HUD (WBJ)

Council members have plenty of ideas on how to spend new revenue (Examiner)

The case for keeping the FBI in the District (Post op-ed)

The case for letting the FBI walk away (Post op-ed)

Vince Gray seems to be leaning toward the latter (Housing Complex)

Political observers say Patrick Mara and Michael Brown are at-large favorites (Examiner)

Warren Williams gets Georgia Avenue project moving (Capital Business)

Does Cathy Lanier’s defense of botched office firings hold water? (Loose Lips)

Gray administration says it isn’t meddling in DYRS union dispute (WaTimes)

Variety of vendors will take over MetroAccess (Dr. Gridlock)

Are Uber’s automatic tips illegal? (Examiner)

Twice this weekend, Metro train drivers stopped before hitting persons on the tracks (Dr. Gridlock)

Three D.C. pedestrians killed in February equals more than one-third of 2012 total (Post)

Developer of obnoxious V Street NW pop-up: “With the metal framing on the insides so it’s really well supported, it’s actually one of the best homes made in the District” (WJLA-TV)

At-large candidates are down with a soda ban (City Desk)

Shaw church likely to become condos or something (WBJ)

Protected residential parking comes at visitors’ expense (WJLA-TV)

Patton Boggs lays off 65 — and no, Jack Evans, isn’t one of them (Capital Business)

Woman says man tried to sexually assault her on school’s premises (Post)

Chase of carjackers ends in Trinidad (WRC-TV)

Someone screwed with Kenneth Ellerbe’s Wikipedia page (WaTimes)

No mo’ ombo (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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