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Marion C. Barry Backs Trayon White for Ward 8… If He Runs

Marion Christopher Barry came in sixth in April's special election to replace his father in the Ward 8 D.C. Council spot, but he promised to start running for the seat's 2016 election the next day. It turns out, though, that Barry's campaign work next year won't be for himself. In a Facebook post this morning, Barry endorsed one-time election rival Trayon White.

"Our councilman can't be hand picked for political reason," Barry writes, an apparent reference to Muriel Bowser favorite and current Ward 8 councilmember LaRuby May. "We need a leader with the voice of OUR people, who understands OUR problems and has solutions with OUR best interest."

Barry's continuing legal troubles might help ensure he stays out of the race: An outburst at a Chinatown bank hamstrung his campaign this year. He then spent part of this summer serving weekend jail terms after breaking the terms of his probation.

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Vincent Orange Issues Ping-Pong Challenge

The D.C. Council has a month and a half left on its summer recess, meaning that its 13 members can't defeat each other legislatively any time soon. But At-Large Councilmember and fitness enthusiast Vincent Orange has another sort of competition in mind. In an email yesterday, Orange challenged his colleagues to a ping-pong tournament.

"This will be great fun," Orange writes.

So far, according to Orange, Councilmembers Jack Evans, Yvette Alexander, David Grosso, Brianne Nadeau, Kenyan McDuffie, and Brandon Todd have accepted. No word yet on the stakes of the contest.

If councilmembers exerting themselves is your idea of a good time, you can check out the tournament Sept. 4 between noon and 2 p.m., at the Golden Triangle BID's "Farragut Fridays" event.

"Grosso's the favorite," says Orange.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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Jeff Thompson's mystery 2010 loan to an Adrian Fenty pal. [LL]

LL gets the backstory on Ibiza, the District's most tumultuous megaclub. [WCP]

Detectives investigate the gun involved in a 3-year-old's shooting. [Post]

Fenty-era deputy mayor will take over the downtown BID. [WBJ]

Muriel Bowser's affordable housing "strike force." [WAMU]

Kenyan McDuffie organizes public safety meeting after bout of violence. [WAMU]

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Jeff Thompson Made a Big Loan to a Fenty Pal Ahead of the 2010 Primary


For years, District Medicaid contractor Jeff Thompson held his wallet open to connected Washingtonians. As the ongoing federal investigation into Thompson’s illicit funding of Vince Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign shows, he didn’t care if the law got in the way.

But there’s one problem with taking money from the man who was once one of the biggest crooks in local District politics: When Thompson is hard up for cash himself, he’s going to come back and collect.

That’s what Omar Karim, who once starred in a Wilson Building scandal of his own as a politically wired frat brother of ex-Mayor Adrian Fenty, found out last week. One of Thompson’s companies sued Karim’s company, revealing a mysterious loan that Thompson made to Karim and his firm just a week before the 2010 Democratic mayoral primary that Fenty lost to Gray.

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Post ed board huzzahs Phil Mendelson on ethics disclosure bill.  [Post]

It's almost the mayor's birthday. Pay up. [LL]

LL looks at sex crime-related lawsuits at one of Georgetown's hottest restaurants. [Y&H]

UMC shake-up! [WBJ]

D.C. Taxicab Commission aims money at improving handicap access. [WAMU]

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Muriel Bowser, Birthday Mayor

When it comes to birthday presents, there's no gift less thoughtful than a check. Except for Muriel Bowser's birthday party tomorrow, when the mayor will celebrate her 43rd birthday party with contributions from District bigwigs.

To commemorate her birthday (which falls on Sunday), Bowser is soliciting donations to her constituent service fund with a party at H Street NE restaurant/sneaker emporium Maketto. Suggested donations are $25, but District regulations allow $500 maximum contributions.

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DCFEMS lieutenant disciplined after child's choking death. [Post]

LaRuby May struggles to handle violence in Ward 8. [Post]

Seafood vendors sue the District over alleged Wharf development-related sabotage. [Housing Complex]

New DDOE anti-idling rule will affect construction sites. [WBJ]

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With Boston out, Muriel Bowser mulls another Olympic bid. [City DeskWBJ]

MPD accused of anti-Canadian discrimination. [LL]

Expect more housing news from Greater Greater Washington. [GGW]

Pepco thinks it will be taken over by Exelon soon. [WBJ]

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MPD Staffer Sues Over Alleged Canadian Discrimination

The Metropolitan Police Department has been sued for discriminating over race and sexual orientation. As far as LL knows, though, the department has never been sued for discriminating against a Canadian. Until now!

In a lawsuit filed last week, former MPD personnel staffer Laurie J. Samuel, a Canadian who has lived in the United States for nearly 20 years, says her supervisor discriminated against her because of her Canadian background.

Among the supervisor's alleged offenses against Samuel's heritage, according to the lawsuit: sabotaging her application for a work permit, telling MPD Chief Cathy Lanier that Samuel was in the country illegally, accusing Samuel of "talking white," and condescendingly explaining the American concept of "play cousins".

In fact, there was apparently a lot of explaining going on—Samuels says her supervisor would often begin sentences with "Here in America..."

Read more MPD Staffer Sues Over Alleged Canadian Discrimination

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Time to drug-test councilmembers, says former D.C. Council candidate. [LL]

Rep. Louie Gohmert tacks onto the District's immigration policy. [Times]

What's behind this wild Metro contract? [Post]

Police continue their prostitution stings. [NBC4]

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