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Murals keep popping up, including the new D.C. statehood mural in Southeast. Reminder: the House of Representatives is holding the first statehood hearing in 26 years tomorrow, at 10 a.m. in the Rayburn Building.


The Council is back and that means bills, bills, bills. 

On Tuesday, At-Large Councilmember Robert Whiteintroduced legislation to track sexual misconduct complaints within the D.C. government; Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allenintroduced legislation to provide loans and rent subsidy options to small and local businesses; and At-Large Councilmember David Grossointroduced legislation to protect abortion rights in the District.

But one piece of legislation has garnered a lot of attention, given that President Donald Trump even supports the idea and wants to take it national: banning flavored e-cigarettes. 

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a bill to prohibit the sale or distribution of “flavored electronic smoking.” The bill says this includes flavored e-cigarettes, e-liquids, and e-cigars. And that means goodbye to fruity, dessert- or mint-flavored e-cigarettes. The penalty? A civil fine of no more than $1,000. And a license to sell tobacco products could be suspended for a first or second violation, and revoked for a third. 

“The e-cigarette industry has built this youth market by targeting children through advertising and widely available flavored products—taking a note from the playbook of the closely-aligned tobacco industry,” says Cheh in a press statement. 

This bill has support from nine other members, meaning it could actually become law and override a veto should Mayor Muriel Bowser not support it. (Her spox didn’t respond to a request for comment.)    

Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray also introduced a bill that bans the sale of any electronic smoking device or liquids unless it’s at a pharmacy or medical marijuana dispensary to a person with a prescription. The bill has less support, with four members co-introducing it.  

We’ve reached an anti-vaping tipping point, as hundreds have suffered vaping-related illnesses and seven have even died. On Tuesday, New York became the second state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. 

The Wilson Building is probably going to see a lot of vaping lobbyists in the coming weeks—maybe we’ll spot former Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden? Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • More than 100 workers lost their jobs in a month’s time. [WCP

  • After 3+ years of construction, you can now visit the Washington Monument [WAMU]

  • Are those scooters enviro-friendly? Well, a single e-scooter produced more emissions per mile traveled than a bus with high ridership. [DCist]

  • Amazon held a “Career Day” and thousands actually showed up. [Post]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Who do opportunity zones really help? [WAMU]

  • D.C. department head says shady lottery contract squares with the law. [Post]

  • Blaze it, D.C. employees! [DCist]

  • Home from prison for accepting a bribe, former Councilmember Michael Brown now has a radio show. [Twitter]

  • The JackEvansSharkTank video. [Twitter]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Whole Foods and Starbucks won’t support this weekend’s H Street Festival. [WCP]

  • Pizzeria Paradiso’s statehood pizza is topped with chili and half-smokes. [WCP]

  • This new Baltimore restaurant’s dress code is a big problem. [Post]

  • And the group behind that dress code is bringing two restaurants to D.C.’s Moxy Hotel. [Washingtonian]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Nina Totenberg remembers her friend and colleague Cokie Roberts. [NPR]

  • Meet the rich man behind the Washington Monument’s restoration. [Post]

  • Alexandria gets another news source. [Washingtonian]

  • Theater leaders Michael J. Bobbitt and Raymond O. Caldwell talk diversity and inclusion in the theater world. [DC Theatre Scene]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Mystics escaped with a 97-95 win over the Las Vegas Aces in Game 1 of the WNBA playoffs semifinal after a series of controversial events in the final minutes. Emma Meessemanled all scorers with 27 points. [FanSided]

  • Rookie catcher Tres Barrera took a long and emotional journey from South Texas to his debut in D.C. with the Nats. [WCP]

  • World Cup hero Rose Lavelle has been cleared to resume full training with the Washington Spirit and is expected to play on Saturday. [Post]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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