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(Washington Post) — Minutes after D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray won the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, residents in large swaths of Northwest Washington sent dire messages on community e-mail groups and Facebook.

The missives predicted plummeting property values, rising crime and a swift return to a government that couldn’t collect trash, fix streets or provide students with textbooks.

“Are you . . . kidding me DC?” one local businessman posted on Facebook the day after the election. “Back to the Marion Barry days we go.”

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