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It was a red-letter day for political regrets Wednesday: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he was “outraged and deeply saddened” by revelations that a top aide had conspired to exact political payback in the form of epic traffic jams. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) told legislators he’s “deeply sorry for the problems and pain” caused by his gifts-and-loans scandal. And Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) told WUSA-TV’s Bruce Johnson that he was sorry for the “painful” and “embarrassing” misdeeds of his 2010 campaign: “They were things that I wish hadn’t happened, and I’m sorry that those things happened,” he said. Will those be the magic words for voters who like Gray and the job he’s done but harbor doubts about his trustworthiness given the unfinished federal investigation? Hizzoner, who formally kicks off his reelection bid Saturday, certainly hopes so.

In other news:

How politicians’ wishful thinking for the New Communities program led to dashed housing hopes in Ward 7 (Post)

Elephant tusks gifted to District from Haile Selassie are stolen from Wilson Building (PostLoose LipsAP)

Expanding list of qualifying conditions won’t necessarily increase medical marijuana adoption, city health director warns (WaTimes)

Charter board votes to close Arts and Technology Academy for poor academic performance (Post)

Office of Human Rights wants complaint-handling records from Taxi Commission (WUSA-TV)

Metro moves toward new payment system that would accept credit cards, smartphones and more (Dr. GridlockWAMU-FM)

Albrecht Muth trial Day 2: Boyfriend says Muth was drunk the night he allegedly killed Viola Drath (WJLA-TVHomicide Watch)

Styrofoam industry pushes back on proposed ban at council hearing (WAMU-FM)

Remaining gay priorities in city politics are truly at the margins (Blade)

Council OKs bills helping homeless gay youth, honoring the late Annie Kaylor (Blade)

Ballot initiative of dubious legality would require city to house anyone making less than $40,000 a year (Loose Lips)

Graham is dubbed Jimmy-come-lately on rat abatement by primary opponent (DCist)

Another rat summit, this time in Foggy Bottom (WRC-TV)

By some economic metrics, the District punches above its weight (WBJ)

Meet Bones, a hardworking driver of homeless shelter vans (Housing Complex)

Landmark movie theater planned for JBG development at 8th and V streets NW (GOG)

Capper/Carrollsburg building will move forward — with mixed-income tenants (Housing Complex)

Douglas Development’s vision for Franklin School includes Michelle Obama (Capital Business)

Neighbors don’t want condos or nightlife in the old Grimke School (UrbanTurf)

D.C. license plates are voted America’s 44th most attractive (WAMU-FM)

Firefighter is said to have been arrested after driving ambulance with license suspended due to DUI (WTTG-TVWJLA-TV)

Substitute teacher is charged with assaulting Noyes Elementary student (Post)

How do young teachers control their classrooms? (GGW)

Teen shot at Trinidad Eckington rec center, police say (D.C. Crime Stories)

Arizona man suffers heart attack, dies on Red Line train (Post)

Chris Brown maintains innocence, rejects plea deal (PostAP)

There’s now a D.C. police Instagram account (InstagramCity Desk)

D.C. Brau now available in Philly (Young & Hungry)

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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