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    You Can Land Bank On It: Beloved group home leader David Wilmot is looking at a win-win if a new Wal-Mart is built in Ward 6. Win No. 1: Wilmot is Wal-Mart's main lobbyist in D.C. Win No. 2: Wilmot is connected to the company that ownes the New Jersey Ave. land where the Ward 6 Wal-Mart is likely going to built. The Washington Times' Jeffery Anderson gets a front page story out of how Wilmot's group has taken advantage of a dysfunctional city government to "land bank" the centrally located property for twenty years without paying. Says former Mayor Sharon Pratt: "It’s not in the city’s interest to tolerate land banking if it’s not centered around a clear set of objectives. ... To just allow such arrangements to continue ad infinitum without strategic goals? I don’t understand it.”

    AFTER THE JUMP: HTJ Still Has Fans in Ward 5; D.C. Unfair to GU; Delicate Occupying talks...

    Split in Five: The Post's Tim Craig reports that embattled Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. still has fans in his home ward. Thomas, you're no doubt aware, is being investigated by the feds for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 in city funds and using the money to buy an Audi, go golfing, and eat at Hooters. "There is no way he did," is how one Ivy City supporter describes the majority opinion. Craig reports that the Thomas investigation has reached the grand jury phase. And Thomas doesn't respond to rumors that he's working out a plea deal. "I would endanger myself more if I tell my story before the legal process plays itself out,” says Thomas.

    In Other News:

    • Former juvie jail boss settles lawsuit with District.
    • D.C. being unfair to Georgetown University, says the Post.
    • Various agencies having "delicate" talks about the future of D.C.'s occupiers.
    • Nine murders in one week?!
    • Mayor wants FEMA to pony up $22 million for earthquake damage.
    • Former Gray campaign chairwoman Lorraine Green and the mayor have a chat.

    Gray sked: 7-Eleven One City * One Hire Pre-Screening Event at DOES at 10:30 a.m.; Media Interview: The Washington Post’s Chris Jenkins at 7:30 p.m.; and Media Interview: WJLA’s SportsTalk with Tim Brant at 8:45 p.m.

    Council sked: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry discusses "Human Rights for Ex-Offenders" bill at 11 a.m.

    • KingmanParkResident

      connections....connections.....Mr. Wilmot is a crook and
      so are all the politians that he defends!

    • NE John

      Fuking HTJ, on the way out!

    • Si Kailian

      Bible Way Temple is landbanking lots they got for a dollar near that location. and not paying any taxes.


      We have to kick all these churches out of dc.

    • Truth hurts

      So Thomas ain't saying nothing anymore. Contrast his newfound "no comment" demeanor with his smug, arrogant, "you can't prove it" pronouncements before Irv sued him.

      He's likely hoping to cut his losses with a pr-indictment plea deal. I doubt, though, the US ATTY will offer the sweet deal this jerk is praying for.

    • Wendy Washington

      HTJ is such an imbecile. Apparently his high-priced legal team has advised him to make no comment. Since it is costing him an arm and a leg to pay for them, he must have finally figured out it is best to take their advice.

      I don't know where LL is finding folks who still support HTJ -- most of the folks in my neck of the woods say Harry must go! Yes, we are all registered Ward 5 residents, too.

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