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    Live To Die Another Day: Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has agreed, at the urging of the Washington Teachers Union, to tweak the teacher evaluation system of IMPACT so that veteran teachers who get bad evaluations two years in a row won't be fired, the Post reports. Before everyone loses their mind in ectasy or angst over the fact that former schools boss Michelle Rhee's work is being undone, consider that the changes seem "reasonable" as Henderson puts it, since rookie teachers are getting the same treatment, and will likely affect a "handful" of veteran teachers. That being said, check out this quote from WTU President Nathan Saunders about Mayor Vince Gray: "He always defers to Kaya, but when I remind him of how he got to be mayor and where he was on issues like this as [D.C. Council] chairman, he’s always thoughtful." Meanwhile, some teachers will be getting pink slips as early as today.

    AFTER THE JUMP: Kwame Brown, Hero or Villain; Fenty's Back (Not Really); Summer Campaignin'...

    Kwame Brown, Hero or Villain: Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's image rehabilitation tour kicked off in the Examiner today in a column by Harry Jaffe that appears to be Jaffe's tryout to be Brown's new spokesman. "He's the most powerful chairman in the city's history," Jaffe quotes an anonymous councilmember saying. Jaffe gets some basic budget facts wrong before quoting Brown saying that Brown "thought he would make Capitol Hill's Tommy Wells happy by moving him from transportation to parks and recreation—with the addition of planning. 'He's a livable, walkable guy,' Brown says. 'Now he has the whole city to work with.'" Brown also tells Jaffe that his leadership style is "mixture" of former chairs John Wilson and Linda Cropp. And Jaffe ends the column with Brown asserting that there's no missing money from his 2008 re-election campaign (Office of Campaign Finance says Brown's campaign hasn't turned over records showing where large amounts of money was spent despite multiple requests) and that he expects to only have to pay a fine. WTOP's Mark Plotkin goes the other direction than Jaffe, saying that Brown acted like a petty politician and is "unfit to lead." And Postie Mike DeBonis' smart blog post from Tuesday was so nice, the Post ran it twice. (DeBonis informs Twitter that he's finishing up a story he's been working on for six (!) months.)

    Fenty's Back (Not Really): Former Mayor Adrian Fenty briefly emerged from exile yesterday for a couple of TV interviews to plug his new gig at a medical malpractice law firm. Fenty was diplomatic (if not evasive) when asked on his thoughts about the Gray administration, Sulaimon Brown, and the scandals affecting some councilmembers. Fenty, it sounds like, isn't paying too much attention to the goings on at the Wilson Building these days. Insert your own punch line about when that began here.

    No Rest For the Weary: TWT reports that Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans says he's already raised $100,000 for his re-election bid, and Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander are also looking forward to a summer of campaigning. The Times also reports that Evans "took a moment on Thursday to honor the 'Rickey'—a mix of gin or bourbon whiskey, lime and sparkling water—at the J.W. Marriott as the District’s official drink." What kind of drink can be made with either gin or bourbon? Sounds bogus!

    In other news:

    • MLK Drive is coming to D.C.
    • United Medical Center would-be purchaser George Chopivsky is suing the former hospital's owners, alleging that they "orchestrated an elaborate fraud to line their own pockets at taxpayer expense and are hiding behind a complex corporate structure to evade responsibility."
    • D.C. cop charged with multiple sexual assaults.
    • Gun dealer in a police station?
    • Columbia Heights crime wave causes residents to ask for more enforcement.
    • Report says D.C. must enforce housing discrimination law.
    • CFO Nat Gandhi to play the other Gandhi
    • Two slightly different versions of east St. E's.

    Gray sked: Taping of One City talk show at 9:30 p.m. D.C. Metropolitan Foster and Adoptive Parent Association wine tasting and jazz night at 7:30 p.m.

    Council sked: Nada.

    On Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt: Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Councilmember Phil Mendelson.

    • drez

      I usually like Jaffe's writing but his credulous repetition of the quote from Kwame- that giving Well's oversite of OP provides him with a city-wide platform- is just stupid.
      Planning does do that, of course, but Transportation does it far more directly.
      Furthermore, why is Planning with Parks and Libraries? Wouldn't it best be with Economic Development, or even with Transportation?
      Dumb, just dumb...

    • noodlez

      “The Times also reports that Evans "took a moment on Thursday to honor the 'Rickey'—a mix of gin or bourbon whiskey, lime and sparkling water—at the J.W. Marriott as the District’s official drink." What kind of drink can be made with either gin or bourbon? Sounds bogus!”

      YO SEWERMAN WHY DONT YOU POLL THOSE MYOPIC LIL’ TWITS WITH THEIR TOO SMALL IZOD LACOSTE SHIRTS FOR THEIR TAKE? (public service announcement: if you wear your shirt one size or more too small to pretend you have guns then guess what that means that you don’t have them) OR BETTER YET ASK TOMMY. HE DRINKS IT. HE DRINKS EVERYTHING!

    • drez

      Gin is best on the porch mixed with tonic.
      It's a quinine thing. Malaria will come back to DC, you know.

    • Really?

      Bahahahaa Silly Allen is "trying to make sense of Harry's Jaffe's” article. So Harry takes an adult view and provides balanced view on the situation.

      Not speculation

      Not a thousand post from Albee about his feelings about why Tommy “who put baby in the corner” Wells was removed.
      Nope what is Allen and the get fresh crew are baffled about is reporting objectively.

      As Joe Madison (Sirius/XM 128) says at least 3 times a day, “In America, we are culturally conditioned to believe that (anything) Black is inferior and white is superior. And the manifestation of that cultural conditioning is that blacks are underestimated, undervalued and marginalized.

    • DC Follower

      Every time I read the nick name Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown, I laugh. I don't know who at the City Paper coined the nickname but it is great. I was wondering why the city paper doesn't hold a $1,000,000.00 contest for nicknames of the other members of the City Council??

      If you do, here are my entries:

      Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown
      Marion “Smoke a Doobie” Barry
      Yvette “Steak and Cheese” Alexander
      Jim “Rocket Man” Graham
      Tommy “Had a Committee” Wells
      Michael “All In” Brown
      Phil “Set them all free” Mendelson
      David “Don’t pick up the soap in the shower” Catania
      Jack “Georgetown” Evans
      Mary “Catch and Release” Cheh (Squirrels)
      Muriel “Where is Fenty” Bowser
      Vince “Running for office again” Orange
      Harry “Bag of Donuts” Thomas

    • W4

      I am kind of tired of the "Fully Loaded" title for Kwame Brown. I know LL is trying to reproduce the success of "Mayor for Life" here, but I think our chairman wants to be called Kwame "Petty & Vindictive" Brown for a while.

    • Really?

      Tommy "nobody puts baby in the corner" Wells

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