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** FILE ** Councilman David Catania questions a witness during a hearing held by the D.C. Council Monday, March 28, 2011, in Washington, D.C., about the hiring processes in Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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the washington times D.C. Council member David Catania calls the contract to be voted on Tuesday a “sideshow, a distraction” from the real issues facing United Medical Center.

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the washington times D.C. Council member David Catania calls the contract to be voted on Tuesday a “sideshow, a distraction” from the real issues facing United Medical Center.

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D.C. Council member Jim Graham’s attorney disputed an ethics board’s unfavorable ruling and said his client didn’t have a chance to present evidence in his favor to be considered. (The Washington Times)

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"I agreed to hold a public roundtable, in effect a hearing, and it will be open to the public," said Phil Mendelson, D.C. Council chairman. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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"I agreed to hold a public roundtable, in effect a hearing, and it will be open to the public," said Phil Mendelson, D.C. Council chairman. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (The Washington Times)

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When asked if the mayor were trying to deter him from blocking a contract awarded to Huron Healthcare, D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange replied, “I think that text message [I received late Wednesday night] speaks for itself.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (The Washington Times)

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When asked if the mayor were trying to deter him from blocking a contract awarded to Huron Healthcare, D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange replied, “I think that text message [I received late Wednesday night] speaks for itself.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) **FILE**

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"I'm concerned about fraud and abuse" involving the city's contract procedures, D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange says. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange, at-large Democrat. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander calls the $12.7 million contract to overhaul chronically troubled United Medical Center “quite pricey for what they are tasked to do.” (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander calls the $12.7 million contract to overhaul chronically troubled United Medical Center “quite pricey for what they are tasked to do.” (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jim Graham (The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

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“When you see someone’s picture, it may offer the opportunity to connect a person up with other crimes,” said D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh, a Ward 3 Democrat who has introduced a bill to lift the ban on releasing mug shots of suspects. “It allows us to connect a string of crimes in a way we otherwise wouldn’t.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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“When you see someone’s picture, it may offer the opportunity to connect a person up with other crimes,” said D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh, a Ward 3 Democrat who has introduced a bill to lift the ban on releasing mug shots of suspects. “It allows us to connect a string of crimes in a way we otherwise wouldn’t.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (left) and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray unveiled the glass-enclosed, carpeted pavilion with a banner outside proclaiming, "A more perfect union must include full Democracy in D.C." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Before he was D.C. Council chairman, Phil Mendelson urged that D.C. police Sgt. Mark Robinson be regarded as a whistleblower, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Times. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)