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The perks of being a council member

If you could summon any prominent civic figure to your workplace, who would you pick? Well, D.C. Council member Vincent Orange picked Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper and manager Davey Johnson, who dutifully came down to the John A. Wilson Building nine hours before beginning a three-game homestand with the Chicago White Sox to receive a ceremonial resolution — an honor usually reserved for Pop Warner football teams and retiring government employees. The fawning didn’t stop with Orange; colleague Jack Evans also had a few words for the occasion: “Hey, was anyone out there on opening day? Did anyone see Harper hit two home runs? He’s on a track right now to hit 95 home runs. Just hit 60 and we’ll be happy.” (Harper went 2-for-3 last night, with two singles.)

In other news:

Man shot to death by police was unarmed, family says; police say he shot first (PostWUSA-TVWaTimes)

City wants Congress to intervene in six-year-old fight with fire union over $36 million in overtime pay (Examiner column)

Pass-through CBE vendor: “This stuff is blatant” (WaTimes)

Electing an attorney general is not as simple as it seems (Post editorial)

With boring machine named (and tweeting), tunneling will soon begin for massive clean-water project (PostDCistWAMU-FM)

David Grosso bill would give neighborhood preference in charter school lotteries (PostExaminer)

Mary Cheh bill would give more neighborhood say in large residential projects — “legislation that is likely to rile and/or panic the development community” (WBJ)

Yvette Alexander bill would treat e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes (Post)

Vincent Orange pulls much-criticized emergency bill requiring third-grade reading proficiency (Examiner)

D.C. real estate department procurement boss pleads guilty to drunk-driving charge (Loose Lips)

Paul Zukerberg: Time to decriminalize marijuana in D.C. (HuffPo)

Patrick Mara gets police union nod; Yvette Alexander comes out for Anita Bonds (Post)

Tom Sherwood: “[R]acial politics are part of this city’s and this country’s history, its present and by all accounts, the future” (WRC-TV)

Celebrating D.C.’s fabulous centenarians (Post)

Closing public housing wait list will “cripple the expectation that anyone — not just the wealthy — can live in the nation’s capital” (Post letter)

Salacious Sidwell Friends lawsuit somehow ensnares Bob Woodward (Washingtonian)

New six-foot-high Jersey barrier has Mount Pleasanters irate (WRC-TV)

It would make a lot of sense to take the H Street/Benning Road streetcar line all the way to East Capitol Street (Housing Complex)

Thirty-two years for ringleader in Latisha Frazier killing (Examiner)

Women’s shelter stands accused of discriminating against transgender women (Blade)

D.C. jail guard stands accused of assaulting inmate over fake eyelashes and hair braids (City Desk)

Man found with guns at Capitol wants his Florida lawyer, please (Post)

City’s sole-source deal for renewable energy consultant is being challenged (WBJ)

Maryland man dies after ramming truck into South Capitol Street underpass (Post)

Pedestrian safety campaign featured “tired” faces (DCist)

Mary Cheh to determined ticket-appealer: Tough cookies (WTOP)

Still too early to tell whether DCPS has made significant progress toward its wildly ambitious goals (GGW)

Did Conrad Cafritz pay $8.7 million for a historic Georgetown house? (Carol Joynt)

Central Union Mission will be empty by June (UrbanTurf)

This year’s free NoMa movies (PoPville)

Whole Foods in Glover Park is shut down for not having hot enough water (WUSA-TV)

Guaranteed ghost-free house gets plenty of interest (HuffPo)

The cicadas are coming (WUSA-TV)

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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