The D.C. budget autonomy referendum remains in legal limbo. (D.C. Vote)

Perhaps it should not be surprising that the investigative arm of Congress investigated the District’s novel maneuver to loosen Congress’s yoke and determined it to be “without legal force or effect.” But had the Government Accountability Office in fact concluded that last April’s budget autonomy referendum was valid, it would have swiftly settled a debate — over the District’s ability to freely spend locally raised funds — that now threatens to linger for years. The GAO opinion delivered Thursday, while not legally binding, is likely to influence how some city officials approach the matter and will certainly harden Congress’s position against the referendum. That means a resolution to the budget autonomy debate awaits a court ruling or — ye gods — action by Congress. More from Roll CallNLJWRC-TVWashingtonianWaTimesCity DeskDCist and AP.

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Kaya Henderson was told of Noyes Elementary cheating allegations early in her tenure as chancellor, e-mails show (APPostWAMU-FM)

Fire lieutenant scrutinized in heart-attack investigation is put on desk duty (PostWTTG-TVWJLA-TVWaTimes)

Is it time to consider a separate EMS department? (Post editorial)

Out-of-town owl is hit by bus (PostAP)

Can Roosevelt High School catch up with the surrounding neighborhood’s revitalization? (City Paper)

Allen Lew says D.C. residents would love the soccer-stadium plan if they knew the details (Post letter)

Charter board botched Options PCS situation, Jonetta Rose Barras says (Post column)

Four teams make shortlist for $600M South Capitol Street Bridge contract (WBJ)

Paul Zukerberg’s elected-attorney-general lawsuit draws lengthy opposition brief from city (DCist)

Labor Secretary Tom Perez heads to Mount Vernon hardware store to promote higher minimum wage (WJLA-TV)

Mayoral, council candidates woo progressives at downtown synagogue (DofDLoose Lips)

The rhyme and reason behind Henderson’s middle-school plan (GGW)

Will council move forward with property tax relief bill before hearing Tax Revision Commission recommendations? (DCFPI)

About the new “Way Home” push to end chronic homelessness (DCist)

HUD approves city’s Walter Reed plan, clearing way for land negotiations (WBJ)

Much, much more from the Georgetown 2018 plan (GGW)

We’re a four-season cycling town (Post)

Vincent Orange envisions “entertainment-type center” for vast New York Avenue parcel (WBJ)

Man and woman are found dead in Fairlawn apartment (PostWRC-TV)

13-year-old stabs fellow juvenile on Kenilworth Avenue NE (Post)

Julia Cooper Mack, first black woman to serve on D.C. Court of Appeals, is dead at 93 (Post)

Sinkhole develops underneath Massachusetts Avenue SE near Dupont Park (Dr. Gridlock)

Ten pounds of unsolicited weed delivered to D.C. woman’s home (WRC-TVWJLA-TV)

Missing health inspector delays opening of much-anticipated Shaw coffeehouse (GOG)

Northeast Library reopens Monday (ElevationDC)

Latest proposals for overhauling Eastern Market Metro plaza (GGW)

Ballpark area gets big federal tenant (JDLand)

D.C. housing rental heatmap (Housing Complex)

Southwest and JetBlue will soon offer more flights out of DCA (AP)

The sizes of the new trash and recycling bins don’t make a lot of sense (Post letter)

The Nationals Park concourses have been painted red (Sports Bog)