Drug-addicted, philandering, graft-seeking ex-con, ex-D.C. mayor to 'lie in state' before procession and funeral

In life, former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry was as disreputable a figure as any who ever held public office. In death, he is being treated as a civic saint, with a three-day marathon of paeans and plaudits – including the body of the former mayor being put on display at the convention center. Roll Call: The District of Columbia plans to bid farewell to its “mayor for life” over the course of three days, with a procession through all eight wards of the city and a massive celebration at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the Dec. 6 viewing and memorial service for Marion Barry, the former four-term mayor and Ward 8 councilmember who died Sunday at age 78. President Barack Obama’s name may even appear on the guest list, organizers suggested Wednesday. Mayor Vincent Gray declared Barry the most iconic figure in the history of the District of Columbia, then quipped, “and remember,...(Read Full Post)