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Michael A. Brown takes a bow

Michael A. Brown announced his withdrawal a day before the 17th anniversary of his father’s death. (Michael Temchine/For The Washington Post)

On Tuesday afternoon, Michael A. Brown’s campaign to return to the D.C. Council was “on a roll” and doing the Harlem Shake. By the evening, Brown had suddenly dropped out of the race, telling supporters that “very important personal and family matters” were to blame. It is an abrupt end to Brown’s at-large comeback bid, one mounted as the ashes of his failed reelection campaign had barely cooled. Though he had lagged in fundraising, and he continued to face pointed questions about his financial management acumen, his name recognition would have been formidable. He offered no details on the “family matters,” though his mother has been sick and, coincidentally or not, Wednesday is the 17th anniversary of his father’s death. More from Loose LipsExaminer and WRC-TV.

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The time might soon be right to sell Nationals Park naming rights — for $15 million a year or more (Post)

D.C. plan to buy wind power isn’t just hot air (WBJ)

Mary Cheh on speed cams: “I don’t want your money. I want you to stop speeding.” (NYT)

Ex-Clean City Coordinator is now fighting lead paint in city buildings (Examiner)

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Capital Bikeshare had a record Easter weekend; new stations are going in soon (Post)

United Arab Emirates funds new artificial turf soccer field at Adams Morgan school (Examiner)

City makes progress on replacing police vehicles (Examiner)

No, syncing the traffic lights wouldn’t make your commute much easier (WJLA-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton wants congressional salaries subject to sequestration, too (AP)

ABC Board will hear testimony on proposed 14th Street liquor moratorium on May 22 (Borderstan)

Florida Avenue NE needs wider sidewalks, perhaps fewer car lanes (GGW)

Gambling at issue in cop’s identity theft prosecution (Examiner)

Time to restore D.C. disability program? (DCFPI)

Condo market is getting hotter (DCist)

Each condo in five-story pop-up will go for $400,000 (WTOP)

In defense of said pop-up (BeyondDC)

COG’s anti-gun stance steams Prince William Co. executive (WUSA-TV)

D.C. fire crews respond to Charles County brush fire (Post)

People’s Counsel: Let residents opt out of Pepco “smart meters” (DCist)

Food trucks will take fight against regulations to the streets (DCist)

Superior Court judges A. Franklin Burgess Jr. and Natalia Combs Greene are retiring (Legal Times)

Coming soon to Shaw: High-class men’s haircuts (UrbanTurf)

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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