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Muriel Bowser preps statehood plan. [WAMUPost]

Yvette Alexander slams Vince Gray; Gray campaign calls her a "suicide bomber" for the Green Team. [LL]

Trayon White takes on LaRuby May in the Ward 8 race. [LL]

John Kasich has an opinion on statehood. Unless you don't like it; he can change it. [City Desk]

Time to change the District's contributory negligence law? [WAMU] Read more LL Links

Alexander Email Blasts Slam Gray Over Shadow Campaign

Ward 7 voters might finally be getting some of the anti-Vince Gray messaging that incumbent Yvette Alexander tested last month. Jumping off the release of nearly 1,000 pages of documents related to the Gray investigation, Alexander slammed Gray this week with back-to-back emails that Gray's campaign says have turned her into a "suicide bomber."

One email, entitled "Taking Responsibility," quotes a 2013 column from the Washington Post's Colby King where King writes that Gray should be disqualified from "future service." The email's solution to keeping "honesty and integrity" on the D.C. Council? Donating to Alexander's campaign, or requesting a yard sign.  Read more Alexander Email Blasts Slam Gray Over Shadow Campaign

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Restaurant owners unhappy with Muriel Bowser's increased minimum wage for tipped employees. [Times]

Student brawls prompt change to the hours at DCPS high schools. [LL]

Should the District step in for the city's jazz performers? [WAMU]

Diabetic D.C. Jail prisoners are caught in a catch 22, lawsuit says. [LL] Read more LL Links

Ward 8, Round Two: Who Will Win the Rematch Between LaRuby May and Trayon White?

Trayon White

A year from now, Trayon White could be the most powerful politician in Ward 8. Last weekend, though, he struggled to move a few blocks—people kept stopping to hug him.

LL was supposed to join White for a quick walk from his Congress Heights headquarters to a community event, then a door-knocking session across the ward. But cars keep pulling over to honk at him, and White keeps finding old basketball teammates, kids he’s mentored, or a particularly violent corner.

As yet another person asks White for help, multiple White campaign workers describe it as their job to keep the talkative candidate moving. But then White sees another friend, this time on the other side of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

“I know,” White tells one exasperated campaign volunteer as he jogs away. “But I gotta see Al.” Read more Ward 8, Round Two: Who Will Win the Rematch Between LaRuby May and Trayon White?

DCPS Changes High School Hours Over Student Brawls

After-school brawls between students at two District high schools have gotten so bad that administrators are changing the high schools' start and end times, LL has learned.

The changes at McKinley Technology High School and Dunbar High School, set to start on Monday, come after multiple fights between the students in NoMa, including a melee earlier this month at the NoMa Metro station. The end-of-day rush of students from both schools headed to the station has lately meant brawls around the Metro station or the nearby Wendy's on New York Avenue NE. Read more DCPS Changes High School Hours Over Student Brawls

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DCPS' Kaya Henderson hit up troubled food contractor for $100,000 gala donation. [APPostTimes]

Mayoral photographer says he was fired over his photos. [LL]

Muriel Bowser's minimum wage bill includes tipped workers. [WAMU]

Post ed board: leave CityCenter alone, feds. [Post]

Marion Barry's entourage throws (kidney) stones. [LL] Read more LL Links

Longtime Mayoral Photographer Says Bowser Administration Fired Him Over Photo Dispute

Longtime mayoral photographer Lateef Mangum got the boot from the Muriel Bowser administration last week, officially for not filing 30 years of tax returns as part of a personal tax protest. But Mangum says that taxes were just a cover for the real reason that Bowser officials wanted him gone: his photos.

Mangum has worked in some capacity as mayoral photographer for every District mayor since Sharon Pratt Kelly—save an interlude in the Adrian Fenty administration. A few months ago, Mangum says, Bowser officials asked him to provide all of the mayoral photographs he's taken since the 1990s for a city archive. Read more Longtime Mayoral Photographer Says Bowser Administration Fired Him Over Photo Dispute

Marion Barry Entourage Divides on His Legacy, Kidney Foundation

Marion Barry

To hear Herman Foushee tell it, Marion Barry spent one of the last moments of his life fretting about the kidney donation nonprofit that bears the mayor-for-life’s name.

“I want you to be the treasurer of the foundation because I know I can trust you,” Barry told Foushee in a phone call shortly before his death, according to an affidavit filled out by Foushee. “Niggers in D.C. steal and I know you will not steal from the foundation.”

This account serves Foushee’s interests—he’s the treasurer of the now hotly contested foundation, after all. But Barry did have good reason to fret about the fate of the Barry Dickens Kidney Foundation. A year after Barry’s widow first sued the foundation for using his image, the fight over what Barry wanted has divided some of the people who were closest to him. Read more Marion Barry Entourage Divides on His Legacy, Kidney Foundation

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Congressman bashes the District's handling of taxes, but doesn't pay his own D.C. taxes on time. [LL]

Vince Gray campaign poll predicts big lead on Yvette Alexander in Ward 7. [LL]

More woes for Muriel Bowser's shelter plan. [Post]

D.C. Council set to ban pot clubs for good. [City Desk] Read more LL Links

District-Bashing Congressman Doesn’t Pay His Own D.C. Taxes On Time

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) ripped into the District's finances at a hearing on Metro last week, fuming that he won't "bail out Washington, D.C." by funding the transit system.

Now District tax records reviewed by LL reveal that Mica isn't so fiscally responsible when it comes to his own share of the city's tax money.

Between them, Mica and his wife Patricia Mica own six units on Capitol Hill, according to Office of Tax and Revenue records. Between 2006 and 2013, they've racked up $1,071.81 across 17 penalty payments for paying their property taxes late. In 2006 alone, the Micas were hit with $608.29 in combined late penalties. Mica didn't respond to LL's requests for comment. Read more District-Bashing Congressman Doesn’t Pay His Own D.C. Taxes On Time

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