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District law requires compa-
nies with large public contracts
to subcontract some work to
small local businesses to create
new jobs, expand the tax base
and grow the local economy.
However, Veterans Services
appears to have no employees,
according to interviews and Dis-
trict records. Until recently, the
company’s website touted execu-
tives who didn’t work there. The
man who leads it, Emmanuel
Bailey, is a Maryland resident
who is employed by an Intralot
subsidiary, public records and
company financial statements
In other documents and in
response to questions from The
Washington Post, Intralot offi-
cials said the work on the new
sports gambling and lottery con-
tract will be performed by DC09,
a company that a business agree-


The Greek company Intralot,
which last month received a
$215 million contract to bring
sports gambling to the nation’s
capital and to continue running
its lottery, s ays more t han half t he
work will go to a small D.C. firm
— a condition that helped the
gaming giant win the no-bid
The firm, Veterans Services
Corp., will “perform the ENTIRE
subcontract with its own organi-
zation and resources,” according
to a document signed this sum-
mer by a top Intralot executive.

Near miss for Puerto Rico Hurricane Dorian

appeared to spare the U.S. territory from a

direct hit as it wove an erratic path. A

Heating up in Ga. Two races are pending after

Sen. Johnny Isakson announced his exit. A


Fr om scent and sound to
colors and patterns, here
are 10 ways to make your
home more serene.


Stephanie Grisham heads
communications for the
White House. So why is
she nearly invisible? C

In the News


Democrats balked at
reports that President
Trump has assured aides
he will pardon them of
potential illegality as the
administration rushes to
build a border wall. A
HHS officials accused a
medical center in Ver­
mont of violating a Cath­
olic nurse’s rights by ask­
ing her to assist with an
abortion. A
In his upcoming book,
former defense secretary
Jim Mattis warns of the
dangers of a leader who
won’t work with
allies. A


U.S. military
cyberforces in June
knocked out a key data­
base used by Iran to pre­
vent it from interfering
with shipping traffic in
the Persian Gulf, officials
said. A
At least 27 people died
when a bar in the Mexi­
can state of Veracruz was
set ablaze after its exits
were blocked. A
Italy is on the verge of
having a new govern­
ment after two parties
formed a coalition that
shuts the far right out of
power. A


Amazon has introduced
a feature that pitches the
e­retailer’s own private­
label brands right before
customers add rival
products to their carts.
Facebook announced
that it will require
buyers of political ads to
provide more informa­
tion about who paid for
them. A

A ride-share driver and
his passenger were slain
in Prince George’s Coun­
ty. B
The D.C. mayor
defended a city agency
that failed to follow
through on a warning of

dangerous conditions at
a rowhouse before a
fatal fire there. B
Following criticism of
the response to a mass
shooting in Virginia
Beach’s municipal
offices, the city manager
resigned. B
The fourth attacker in
the beating of a black
man at the Charlottes­
ville white supremacist
rally was sentenced to
just over two years in
prison. B

Eddie Murphy, who is
credited with keeping
“Saturday Night Live”
alive in the early ’80s,
will return to host the
show in December. C



BUSINESS NEWS ....................... A
COMICS .......................................C
OPINION PAGES.........................A
OBITUARIES ................................ B
TELEVISION ................................. C
WORLD NEWS..............................A

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london — British Prime Minis-
ter Boris Johnson sparked angry
talk of a “coup” Wednesday after
he moved to shut down Parlia-
ment for several weeks in an ex-
traordinary effort to silence rebel
lawmakers and ram through Brit-
ain’s d eparture f rom the E uropean
The decision to shutter the leg-
islature for more than a month,
starting no later than Sept. 12,
stifled dissenters as the days
ticked toward Britain’s most mo-
mentous deadline in generations.
Outraged lawmakers said it con-
centrates power in Johnson’s
hands and sharply curtails their
ability to thwart a no-deal Brexit.
Some spoke of a constitutional
It a lso suggested that Johnson’s
bumbling e xterior conceals a ruth-
less tactician, ready to exploit any
opening to bring about the split
from the E.U. and consolidate
Absent a delay, Britain will
leave the European Union on
Oct. 31.
If it leaves without a transition
deal, analysts say, the country
could f ace food a nd fuel shortages.
The economic turmoil could
spread to the E.U. nations, which
collectively are the United States’
biggest trading partner. Many ob-
servers fear that with a hardened
border, fresh violence could flare
in Northern Ireland. And because
President Trump has embraced
Brexit and Johnson, the break
with Europe would become a ma-


The doorbell-camera company
Ring has forged video-sharing
partnerships with more than 400
police forces across the United
States, granting t hem potential ac-
cess to homeowners’ camera foot-
age and a powerful role in what
the company calls the nation’s
“new neighborhood watch.”
The partnerships let police re-
quest the video recorded by home-
owners’ cameras within a specific
time and area, helping officers see
footage from the company’s mil-
lions of Internet-connected cam-
eras installed nationwide, the
company said. Officers don’t re-
ceive ongoing or live-video access,
and homeowners can decline the
requests, which Ring sends via
email thanking them for “making
your neighborhood a safer place.”
The number of police deals,
which has not previously been
reported, is likely to fuel broader
questions about privacy, surveil-
lance, and the expanding reach of
tech giants and local police. The
rapid growth of the program,
which began in spring 2018, sur-
prised some civil liberties advo-
cates, who thought that fewer
than 300 agencies had signed on.
Ring is owned by Amazon,
which b ought t he firm last year for
more than $800 million, financial
filings show. Amazon founder Jeff
Bezos owns The Washington Post.
Ring officials and law enforce-
ment partners portray the vast
camera network as an irrepress-
ible shield f or neighborhoods, say-
ing it can assist police investiga-
tors and protect homes from c rim-
inals, intruders and thieves.
“The mission has always been
making the neighborhood safer,”
said Eric Kuhn, the general man-
ager of Neighbors, Ring’s crime-




hristopher Paul hasn’t felt a police
officer tapping at h is foot in more than
a month — the tap, tap, tap that
usually meant he was about to get another
citation that he was never going to pay.
Living on the streets for five years after he
lost his graphic design job, Paul has been
having undisturbed nights since the Austin
City Council and mayor eased restrictions
on “public camping” t his summer, a move
that liberal lawmakers billed as a humane
and pragmatic reform of the criminal jus-
tice system. But the change has drawn the
ire of Republicans and local business own-

ers who decry it as a threat to public safety
and the local economy, exposing a partisan
clash over how to manage poverty and
affordable housing in America’s cities.
Since Austin’s public-camping ban was
relaxed, “people can sleep much better in
the open, and they are a lot safer than
somewhere hiding in a back alley,” s aid Paul,
who estimates that he received 20 citations
for illegal camping before the rule change
went into effect July 1.
But as Paul, 50, sprawled out shirtless on
the sidewalk on a 100-degree day, shop
owner Craig Staley stood a few feet away on
Congress Avenue reconsidering his party
“I got two emails last month from cus-

tomers who said, ‘I can’t go to your store
anymore because it smells like urine,’ ” s aid
Staley, who operates Royal Blue Grocery. “I
am a Democrat at heart; I have been in
Austin, Te xas, for over 30 years. But I am
telling you, I am feeling a lot more red these
days when it comes to my business.”
With an estimated 2,200 homeless adults
sleeping on sidewalks and in makeshift tent
cities, Austin has become the latest flash
point in the national debate over whether
homeless residents have a constitutional
right to sleep on public streets, particularly

Austin joins rights battle

of urban homelessness

Allowing outdoor sleeping tests local businesses and forces hard look at what’s criminal






Now at your

front door:

More eyes

for police

For D.C. sports betting,

a company with no sta≠

As Amazon unit shares
doorbell cameras’ video,
critics fear for privacy

Johnson accused of
‘coup’ in stifling dissent

Alvin Sanderson, 64, has been on the street in Austin since he was freed from prison in 20 14. His story of being swept
away in a flash flood helped convince city lawmakers that they needed to bring homelessness out of the shadows.

Local partner aided Greek
gaming firm’s contract bid,
but is it doing actual work?


Everyone knows there’s a prob-
lem with Chubbs.
Dirt is smeared across his face.
His tongue is rolling out of his
mouth. He’s surrounded by signs
But the 5-month-old golden
retriever does not know how to
read. At a dog park in one of
Maryland’s wealthiest suburbs,
he spends this sunny August
morning rolling on his back. He
opens his mouth, and then, he
does it.
He woofs. Twice.
“CHUBBS!” four humans
around him yell, trying to stop
him from doing what dogs do —
just not in Chevy Chase Village
this summer.
Here in this community of the
rich and powerful, where the av-
erage household income is
$460,000, barking is the subject
of a ferocious (fur-ocious?) debate
— one that has divided the two-

legged one-percenters for nearly
a year.
The drama began last fall when
the village spent $134,000 to turn
a muddy triangle of land into a
park where pups could run off-
leash in a fenced refuge. Chase
tennis balls. Sniff one another’s
But after about a month, signs
decrying the barking of those
dogs began appearing around the
park. The village police started
receiving almost daily calls about
the noise, mostly from one partic-
ular neighbor whose house backs
up to the park. By spring, the
tension had escalated so much
that the Chevy Chase Village
Board o f Managers called a public
hearing. Then another in June.
And another in July.
At the center of it all is Elissa
Leonard, chair of the village
board and wife to Jerome H.
Powell, who is also a chair — of
the Federal Reserve. In recent
months, her husband has been

A dog park divides the rich and powerful

A battle over barking involves the wife of
the Federal Reserve chairman and lawyers
galore in a well-heeled Maryland suburb

Chevy Chase Village, Md., created a dog park last year. The
noise and traffic proved to be too much for some neighbors,
and the village spent $1,300 to study barking and parking.

NoMa encampments: D.C. advocates for the
homeless criticize “cold, callous letter.” B
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