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the washington times “It’s a culture that will use the politics to subvert the legitimate [contracting] process,” said D.C. Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent (above) of the conflicts brought to light by a contract to “turn around” a city-owned hospital. “It appears the District Staff who administered this procurement knowingly did not follow the procurement law which they are sworn to administer,” says Robert C. Bobb (left), a former D.C. city administrator and former president of the D.C. Board of Education. “They hijacked what was supposed to be an open competition.”

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LeBron James' 'I can't breathe' T-shirt the latest display of politics on the playing field

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.