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“I don’t want to be in a position of Amazon saying ‘we want to locate to D.C.’ and then we are forced, in a very high-pressure situation, to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay.’ That’s not fair to the Council or residents.

Several D.C. councilmembers are raising concerns that Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s administration could be offering too much to Amazon in the District’s bid to lure the company’s second headquarters, which the tech giant has dubbed HQ2. City Paperasked each member of the Council about their thoughts on Bowser’s Amazon bid, and whether they support a public hearing on the city’s incentives package. Here are their responses.


  • Maryland lawmakers voted to expand the state’s hate crime laws. [WTOP]

  • After what students believe is the longest occupation of an administrative building in the school’s history, Howard University officials concede to seven of protestors’ nine demands. [WAMU]

  • The student at the center of Howard’s recent financial aid scandal reportedly plans on suing the university for millions. [WAMU]

  • D.C. residents—tax-paying citizens unable to vote for elected officials in national office—are moving to Maryland, where they can. [WTOP]

  • Growing strife over the departure of a minister at All Souls Unitarian church. [WCP]

  • The National Gallery of Art begins its search for a new director. [WBJ]

  • The District lost big against São Paulo in the World Cup of transit maps. [GGW]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. Council considers reducing federal estate-tax breaks to raise revenue. [Post]

  • Ward 2’s Jack Evans, the finance committee chair, cries foul over that effort. [Twitter]

  • D.C.’s right-to-die law remains unfulfilled, frustrating terminally ill. [Post, NBC4, WUSA9]

  • Education Committee Chair David Grosso wants Bowser answers on schools. [Twitter]

  • Some local pols are attending the funeral of Ward 4 leader Ron Austin today. [Twitter]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Good news! The Funk Parade is back on. [WCP]

  • The latest spectacle installation, the Renwick’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, is blowing up Instagram, because of course. [Washingtonian]

  • Simon Birch, creator of the Air and Space Museum’s 2001: A Space Odyssey exhibit, “The Barmecide Feast,” talks about his installation. [BYT]

  • Listen to Kalis Uchis’ new album. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

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

  • You can now order a $155 sushi roll on 14th Street NW. [WCP]

  • Abunai Poke isn’t showing its new neighbor much aloha spirit. [Washingtonian]

  • The latest fast-casual restaurant is your kitchen. [Post]

  • A happy hour idea for every night of the week. [DC Refined]

  • Dunkin’ Donuts is experimenting with fries, chicken, and pretzels. [WTOP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A Susan Sarandon-owned ping pong bar will open in the basement of the National Press Club. [WBJ]

  • It’s the middle of April. Why do you people still have Christmas trees? [PoPville]

  • Old GW dorms will turn into a luxury hotel. [WBJ]


  • ANC 2C meets at 6:30 p.m. 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

  • ANC 3G meets at 7:00 p.m. 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

  • ANC 6D also meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. 1100 4th St. SW.

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