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If the District ever becomes a state, it may not be called “New Columbia” after all. On Tuesday, the D.C. Council approved a proposed constitution for a “State of Washington, D.C.,” where the “D.C.” would stand for “Douglass Commonwealth,” after abolitionist Frederick Douglass. More significantly, the Council voted to require a constitutional convention of elected delegates within two years of any would-be state’s admission to the Union, which could settle governance issues.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
A former high-ranking official under Mayor Vincent Gray faces prison time. [Loose Lips]
Is Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance plan really improving the hapless rail system? [Post]
The District’s black women are more likely to be discriminated against while looking for housing. [Housing Complex]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
The Draw of Shaw: The Northwest neighborhood sees more black-owned restaurants.
“One-Stop Shop” Services: Nonprofit groups are serving hundreds of homeless today.
Room and Board: Bars and eateries are set to open an imminent Adams Morgan hotel.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
Right-to-die legislation moves forward. [Post]
Talkin’ McMillan. [InTowner]
More tax cuts for the District. [WBJ]
More about changes to MLK Library. [WAMU]
Downtown shooting was purportedly over drug turf. [Post]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bad Brainsamong the nominees for the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction class. [Bandwidth]
Listen to a new Title Trackssong, from its forthcoming new album—its first in five years. [Stereogum]
The Smithsonian needs $300,000 to preserve Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. [Washingtonian]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? email@example.com)
Try a salad bowl from Erik Bruner-Yang at Sweetgreen. [Washingtonian]
Which Dupont Circle burger joint had a rat visitor? [Borderstan]
Play debate bingo at Ventnors tonight. [Eater]
Building a taco wall around Trump’s Las Vegas hotel. [Thrillist]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
Low-income residents could get free legal help for housing under a new bill. [Next City]
A strip club in an industrial part of Ward 5 takes a hit after a zoning decision. [WAMU]
REI’s flagship D.C. store will open Friday at the historic Uline Arena in NoMa. [FOX5]
Smart-growthers excited about changing the “Comp Plan.” [Greater Greater Washington]
A vacant office building in Adams Morgan is being converted into condos. [UrbanTurf]