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    We're Number Last: The D.C. region, are you ready for this, has the worst traffic in the country, a new study finds. The average commuter spends 74 hours a year stuck in traffic. Seems like the only logical solution is to build more roads, right smart growthers? Wait, what?

    AFTER THE JUMP: Spare $700,000;  RIP Panetta; Let's borrow!

    Wanted: $700,000: That's how much is needed to keep the D.C. Economic Partnership's door opens. The non-profit "manages the District’s massive presence at the International Conference of Shopping Centers in Las Vegas, provides site location assistance, organizes networking events and serves as an information clearinghouse," reports the WBJ. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans wants to city to cough up the cash to keep the partnership alive. Sounds like the mayor's office isn't as gung-ho.

    RIP Mike Panetta: D.C. Shadow Rep. Mike Panetta says he won't run for re-election next year and is supporting his former rival, Nate Bennett-Fleming. "Three terms for an unpaid job is enough," says Panetta, who also took to Twitter to let people know that he's still got another year and change left on his last term.

    In Other News: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry's son to be sentenced on drug charge. Chuck Thies' message to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder: Arrest Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown and/or Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. so as not to embarrass the president. D.C. issues 10,000 tickets to drivers on cell phones. Developer Jair Lynch moves in on H Street.  CFO Nat Gandhi buys $1.3 million apartment. "The District of Columbia may borrow the most in its history at a record-low cost today," reports Freeman Klopott. Post follows up on Bellvue library name controversy. District too frequently taking away kids from their families and putting them in foster, study finds.

    Gray sked: Helping Hands Anti-Violence Program PSA Taping at 9:30 a.m; National Gay Man’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Proclamation at 11 a.m.

    Council sked: Middle school roundtable at 10 a.m.; Taxi issues at 10:30 a.m.

    • GOPUnite

      1.3 Million dollar apartment?? Welp Gandhi so long buddy. You need to get out of that position anyway. DC Government is a first class joke. Republicans UNITE!!!

    • NE John

      Holder should arrest HTJ, but let me swiftly dole out the justice.

    • Art

      DC Economic Partnership is a joke and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Good riddance!

    • John

      Yes, build more roads and start with Klingle Road in NW.

    • DC5

      Sewerman - your link to Chuck Thies' gratuitously racist commentary is real low (but not below you).