Jeffrey Thompson’s full accounting of the 2010 campaign has the potential to implicate D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in wrongdoing or clear Gray’s name. (Jason Miccolo Johnson)

Could it all be coming to an end? Federal prosecutors are in the final stages of plea negotiations from Jeffrey E. Thompson, the former city contractor who allegedly funded a secret “shadow campaign” for Mayor Vincent C. Gray in 2010, among a host of other alleged local and federal campaign finance misdeeds. Ann Marimow and Carol Leonnig report in the Post that, for weeks, “Thompson’s defense team has been sharing information with prosecutors as part of possible plea negotiations to resolve his case without a trial or a courtroom battle.” The question becomes, what will a plea mean for Gray, especially with less than a month until the Democratic primary? Hizzoner declined to comment on the timing of any charges Thursday night: “It is what it is,” he said. More from WRC-TV and WJLA-TV.

In other news:

Where the power lines will be buried (Post)

Skyland groundbreaking will happen next week, with or without Wal-Mart lease (WBJ)

Number of D.C. students receiving free school breakfasts explodes (Post)

Charter board now endeavoring to keep Options PCS (Post)

D.C. Housing Authority treads carefully on post-decriminalization marijuana policy for tenants (WAMU-FM)

Oklahoma congressman is concerned about the effect decriminalized marijuana will have on our city’s productivity and economy (The Hill)

Firefighter is arrested on sex abuse charge after touching woman’s buttocks (WTTG-TV)

Deputy mayor’s office had to put down rumors of a Kenneth Ellerbe resignation (@SafeDC)

Ellerbe goes before Tommy Wells’s D.C. Council committee today for oversight hearing (Post)

Former D.C. health commissioner’s question: “Why do we continue to elect mayors and council members who allow this incompetence to continue?” (Post letter)

Trayon White quits State Board of Education post after taking city job (DofD)

City system allowing ticket-writers to snap pictures of illegal parkers isn’t working well (WTOP)

Vince Gray says he hasn’t made final decision on signing D.C. Promise bill (Roll Call)

Natalie Williams says she’ll run for Marion Barry’s council seat when he leaves it (Informer)

Steve Francis – yes, that Steve Francis — is co-hosting a Muriel Bowser fundraiser (Loose Lipsinvitation)

Bowser campaign forgot to put an authority line on some banners (Loose Lips)

Now legal: “distillery pubs” (WJLA-TV)

Taxi Commission hasn’t met since 2014 because people have been living in its meeting room (City Desk)

New documentary on D.C. vending is out; it’s about regulations and “the power of family” (GOG)

Eleanor Holmes Norton wants to know what you think of WMATA (DCist)

Meet Michael Reese, MPD’s commander of the year (Hatchet)

An especially incoherent Deborah Simmons column; also, “statuary language”? (WaTimes)

End of court appeal means work may finally proceed on Adams Morgan hotel (PoPville)

The future of Brutalism in D.C. post Third Church of Christ, Scientist (City Desk)

Ben’s Chili Bowl has escaped the District of Columbia (Post)

The Channel Inn will close at month’s end (PoPville)