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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Robert L. Johnson
A previously unexamined internal memo drafted by the Greek gambling firm that won the District of Columbia's $38 million-a-year lottery contract in 2008 and again after a rebid a year later offers an inside view of a toxic climate that prompted the vendor to spend more time worrying about local political machinations than about the lottery itself.
Don Cornelius, the silken-voiced host of TV's "Soul Train" who helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting-edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75.
In a recent email to The Times, Mr. Payne recalled receiving a call from Mr. Washington, who said Mr. Johnson and others were "interested in providing me with an unsolicited proposal."