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For bowlers, the District has long been the civic equivalent of the gutter—a place with no pins. There are no public alleys within D.C. limits, possibly because of the fact that since 1902, city regulations have prohibited bowling alleys from opening on Sundays. But on Jan. 7, emergency legislation sponsored by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans took effect, knocking down the Sunday strictures. The measure, which passed unanimously, also lowers the legal age for entering a D.C. pool hall from 18 to 17. Developer Chip Akridge, president of the John Akridge Cos., calls the former laws “archaic,” like “prohibiting the shooting of rabbits from street cars.” Akridge is helping to develop the Gallery Place project near the MCI Center. Thanks to the emergency measure, Evans says, the Jillian’s company has agreed to put one of its entertainment emporiums—likely including bowling—in the complex. —Felix Gillette