City Desk

Our Morning Roundup: Curious Contracts Edition

Good morning, Washington! The weather gods have decided to mix it up a little bit today, blessing us with a little less humidity than normal. Don't worry about big meteorological shake ups, though—temperatures will still be in the familiar mid-90s range.

The Washington Times continues its reporting on the sketchy D.C. lottery contract with the news that the two councilmembers who most vocally supported the deal, Marion Barry and Chair Vincent Gray, also had personal connections to Emmanuel S. Bailey, one of the principals of Veterans Services Corp., the local firm awarded the majority stake of the contract. Both Barry and Gray also urged the Greek gambling company Intralot to partner with a local firm.

Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested a Maryland man suspected of committing for two mother-daughter murders in Largo, Md. last year. This won't be the first serious criminal charge for the 27-year-old UPS employee (whose name is being withheld because he has not yet been formally charged); he already has gun, burglary and child porn charges on his record, according to the Examiner.

On the other end of the Maryland justice system, Charles County Circuit Judge Robert Nalley will be suspended without pay for five days for deflating a cleaning woman's car tire.

With its first payday out of the way, the beleaguered D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program has had fewer payroll problems this year than it did in previous years, the Post reports.

Some sad news for local animal lovers: six guinea pigs were found in a trash can in Southeast; the three surviving rodents are being cared for by the Washington Humane Society. Also, illegal rat poison has been found in Georgetown. Jane Huelle, who runs The Dog Shop on Wisconsin Ave., says she knows of three dogs who have died from rat poisoning in Northwest this year.

Photo by Flickr user Lisa Brewster, used under a Creative Commons license.

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  • Rick Mangus

    It's the old Potomac shakedown, you sratch my back and I'll scratch yours, for which Mo (Crackatowa) Barry is a master at!

  • Truth Hurts

    This is shocking. Could it be true that Barry and Gray helped steer the lottery contract to cronies? After Gray refused to schedule a vote on the earlier winning bid? Say it ain't so.

  • Truth Hurts

    OMG, nothing but crickets from one city's crew. Any council members calling for an outside investigation? No?

  • Truth Hurts

    Crickets, crickets, crickets.