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(New York Times) — When Vincent C. Gray campaigned for mayor last fall, he promised to bring character, integrity and leadership back to the District of Columbia.  But 100 days into Mr. Gray’s tenure, he is battling the perception that his administration has brought anything but, mostly because several staff members have been accused of helping their children get jobs in his administration and of receiving inflated salaries.  Mr. Gray’s supporters say that the allegations are overblown, and that salary caps were exceeded by small amounts and involved only a few people. But they nevertheless have cast a harsh light on the city just as it has become a target for Republicans in Congress over abortion and school vouchers.  This is all bad news for a city trying to overcome its past, Mr. Gray’s critics say. They argue that the headlines created by his missteps are reviving bad memories of the 1980s, when the city, under Mayor Marion Barry, bungled its affairs so badly that it was taken over by a federally appointed control board.

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