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Farewell to spring, school, Nats’ winning streak

Good morning. All good things must end — It’s the last day of the (D.C. public) school year, the last day of spring and the morning after the end of the Nats’ winning streak.

At the next neighborhood gathering, you’ll want to discuss this: In the District, most residents see socioeconomic class, not race, as the true source of the stark dividing line in the city, a new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll reports. Race, however, remains a major factor. You might also want to weigh yesterday’s poll that showed Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s popularity has fallen significantly.

Hailing a cab in Prince George’s County might not be much easier, because only two-thirds of the promised new medallions have been awarded, and it’s unclear whether the rest will be.

A Virginia scholarship set up to compensate those whose education suffered in the era of “massive resistance” to desegregation is promoting that it’s open to whites as well as blacks, which has reopened painful wounds from the 1950s.

Sears is considering the Washington area, among other places, to move its corporate headquarters, sources tell Capital Business reporter Jonathan O’Connell. Tax breaks are expiring in Illinois, where Sears was founded and has been based since 1893, and hometown loyalty is apparently expiring as well.

At least eight people have died in area waters since Memorial Day, the Coast Guard tells us, and that’s not counting the countless river, bay and lake rescues that have succeeded.

I wish I could lighten up this report a bit, but we have storms in the area, delays on the rails and roads and crime, including two homicides reported Sunday. Turn on the tunes and listen to the late great Clarence Clemons wailing away:

RIP, Big Man. Here’s hoping for some better news today on PostLocal.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.


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