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Troubling times in 7D

Some bad apples in the ranks have Lanier defending her force’s reputation. (Carol Guzy/The Washington Post)

First, an officer was charged Monday with producing child pornography. Now another officer, in a wholly separate incident, is under investigation for allegedly running a prostitution ring out of his apartment on Stanton Road SE after a missing 16-year-old was found there Tuesday. What is going on the Metropolitan Police Department’s 7th District? Two incidents of alleged sexual crimes involving minors had Chief Cathy L. Lanier issuing this statement Thursday: “The misguided actions of a few in no way reflect on the professionalism, dedication, and integrity of the Department.” But the circumstances of the latter investigation are shocking. More from WJLA-TVWRC-TVWTTG-TVWaTimes and D.C. Crime Stories.

In other news:

Nelson Mandela and D.C. (Post)

Eleanor Holmes Norton remembers the D.C. protests against apartheid and Mandela’s captivity (WAMU-FM)

Other D.C. leaders reflect (WRC-TV)

IG: Oversight of delinquent youth is lacking (WAMU-FM)

Vincent Gray returns to the hustings (Post)

Petula Dvorak slices and dices the electorate: “Fentyville, the Gray Area, Barrytown and Loathemburg” (Post column)

ABCs of the mayoral race (GovBeat)

Reta Lewis advertised illegally low wage for petition circulators (Loose Lips)

Chuck Thies’ embrace of Hizzoner is nothing new (City Desk)

The GGW crowd has no major beefs with Gray (GGW)

Minimum wage hike shows government hard at work in Washington (Post column)

Significant Metro fare hikes are being mulled (Post)

Inquiry into Capitol Hill shooting better be made public (Post editorial)

D.C. health exchange site goes down while Senate staffers try to sign up (Politico)

DCPS schools see more salad bars (WAMU-FM)

Make a kunsthalle out of the Franklin School? (Post)

Truckers push back on Gray sustainability goal of ending diesel vehicle registrations (Heavy Duty Trucking)

DPR botched the bus ride to Florida for a Ward 5 youth football team (WJLA-TV)

City sports fields aren’t geared to females (GGW)

Why Congress is to blame for D.C. judges’ poor financial disclosures (Legal Times)

Early, early, early Metro planning includes Georgetown Metro station (WAMU-FM)

More money pledged for Kennedy Center expansion (AP)

Norton lends support to protesting federal contract workers (DCistCity Desk)

Metro: Women created our sexist ad so it’s not sexist (Dr. Gridlock)

Man, 35, indicted on more than a dozen animal cruelty charges (WTOP)

Howard Theatre eyes more rock acts (City Desk)

This year’s Wilson Building Christmas tree is fake (City Desk)

Taw Vigsittaboot, the man who brought authentic Thai food to a Florida Avenue rowhouse, prepares to expand (Express)

Now the clergy’s pressuring Dan Snyder on the Redskins name (Post)

Could be some heavy weather this weekend (CWG)

Tonight: H.D. Woodson vs. Friendship Collegiate for all the high-school football marbles (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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