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(Afro) — It’s been a turbulent three months for Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D). The city’s executive was arrested April 11 along with the other “DC 41”—local officials and activists who protested riders in an agreed upon 2011 federal budget that impinged on the District’s autonomy.  Before that, Gray had to shoulder criticism for his initial administration’s questionable hiring practices and exorbitant salaries. Heads did roll, mainly that of former chief of staff Gerri Mason Hall, who, in recent hearings led by D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh, admitted to wrongdoings, from setting salary caps, to not letting the mayor know about the hiring of five employees’ children to different posts in the administration. While the mayor did not seem to be directly implicated during the two days of testimony, the extent of the political fallout remains to be seen.

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