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Good morning sweet readers! The folks at PETA need to chill. News time:

Wal-Marts For Everyone: Do you remember when Mayor Vince Gray went to Vegas and told Wal-Mart officials that if they don't build a store near his house then they shouldn't bother to try and open any new stores in the District? Well, success! Wal-Mart announced yesterday that it's planning to open two more stores than the original concept had, including one at the Skyland shopping center in Ward 7 near Gray's pad. (The other "new" store is set to go at Fort Totten, which is only 1.5 miles away from a proposed store on Georgia Avenue.) The Post has the fun detail that Gray "personally called Bill Simon, president and chief executive of Wal-Mart U.S., to ask what the city could do to get the company to expedite a store at Skyland," and says that the proposed new store east of the river "consummate a dogged effort" by Gray and Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown to make things in their local neighborhoods. The question is whether Ward 7 and 8 residents who feel like they've been getting the short straw from their elected officials will see things differently now that Always Low Prices™ is moving in. And LDP notes that from a design standpoint, the new Walmarts ain't so bad.

AFTER THE JUMP: Gasman Bill Nearly Dead; Birthday Bash; Not a Kid ...

Not Enough Votes On Gasman Bill:Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh looks to be on the losing end of an effort to pry some control of the District's gasoline market away from gasman Joe Mamo, the Post reports. "Noting that Cheh’s proposal was not likely to be approved, Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) urged the rest of the council to postpone a vote on the legislation indefinitely. But a majority agreed with Cheh to delay it until January. “It’s not dead,” says Cheh. Yet.

Birthday Bash: The Georgetown Dish was on the scene at Mayor Gray's birthday bash last night. "In a jovial mood at B. Smith’s restaurant at Union Station, Gray, looking stylishly sharp, schmoozed and posed for photographs for several hours with friends and colleagues loyal to the core. ... Born November 8, 1942, the Mayor keeps in shape mentally and physically by playing first base in a local recreational baseball league."

Not A Kid: Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham says he's thinking about trying to restructure the city's troubled juvenile justice system so that it focuses on, you know, actual juveniles. "Nearly 50 percent of the DYRS wards are 18 to 21, even though the programs are set up for children," Graham tells WAMU.  "When you are 18 you are not a child, you are an adult."

Barry on Twitter: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry is on Twitter and his silver Jag is fixed up.  "“The social media is hot right now,” says Barry about Twitter. "The silver bullet is on the move,” he says about his car.

In Other News:

  • Down, but not out, in Anacostia after drug arrest of Uniontown owner.
  • Council looking at limiting cooperation with ICE.
  • No plans, yet, to kick out Occupy D.C.
  • DCist story on possible medical marijuana dispensary at Barracks Row means NBC4 scare piece is three weeks away.
  • "Many of Gray's moves since becoming mayor have seemed to come straight from Barry's playbook, replete with political pandering designed to shore up his base and protect his career," says Jonetta Rose Barras.

Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Mayor’s Biweekly Press Briefing; 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.: Committee of 100 on the Federal City Annual Meeting; 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Washington Tennis & Education Foundation Tennis Center Groundbreaking; 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Hope House D.C. Art Show and Fundraiser.

Council sked: COW at 11 a.m. for various dedications; Finance at 11 a.m. to talk income tax bonds.

  • James Copland

    Jim Graham LOVES THE KIDS! Right...How long is this city going to ignore that Jim Graham is the Jerry Sandusky of DC City council??? If LL really wants to make some news they'd hire a private investigator.

  • Kevin

    Gray gets a coup with the Skyland Wal-Mart. If he could convince a few more tech companies to move into the city to join Living Social, he would be on a role.