A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A historically leaky part of Metro’s Red Line turned positively stormy on Tuesday afternoon, becoming a reservoir of flash flooding that pummeled the region. Riders exiting the Cleveland Park station had to wade through Titanic-like conditions, which forced its closure for roughly two hours after 6:30 p.m. Brave souls tweeted their way home.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- The D.C. Council officially approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage increase. [City Desk, WAMU, Post]
- The District has announced more stringent standards for lead levels in public water. [FOX5]
- Lawmakers will mark-up a controversial proposed bill on fair scheduling practices come Thursday. [Times]
- A new report finds that D.C. children face some of the harshest economic barriers in the nation. [City Desk]
- Lame-duck councilmembers helped shut down a campaign-finance reform measure yesterday. [Loose Lips]
- Cyclists and pedestrians rejoice: The D.C. Council is set to reform “contributory-negligence” laws. [NBC4]
- Another congressional Republican—this time from Arizona—wants to void D.C.’s gun laws. [City Desk]
- D.C. is pushing to become a state yet again this year. But is it doing so in the most effective way? [WAMU]
- Post op-ed on violence: “What does it mean when five D.C. kids are shot and there’s no outcry?” [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- To Still a Mockingbird: Shaw bar Mockingbird Hill will close for the summer to revamp (more cocktails).
- RIP, Preston Blue: The prominent District go-go producer and manager died last week at the age of 49.
- High Hopes?: Legal-marijuana advocates argue that a bipartisan effort could get rid of D.C.’s weed rider.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Council approves $15 minimum wage. [WAMU]
- Council’s lame ducks help to block campaign finance reform. [LL]
- Scheduling bill heads to committee on Thursday. [Times]
- Ben’s Chili Bowl owner unhappy with scheduling bill. [Real Clear Politics]
- Courtland Milloy: The District is too tolerant of kids being shot. [Post]
- Should this Northwest neighborhood have sidewalks? Neighbors have a surprising answer. [Washingtonian]
- Zoning Commission raps NoMa developer for lack of community benefits. [WBJ]
- MPD launches nightlife zones to protect cab- and Uber-hailers. [WCP, Post]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- CulturalDC sells Flashpoint Gallery. [WCP]
- The best live venues in the D.C. area. [Washingtonian]
- Listen to Mistochord‘s new futuristic concept album New World Voyage. [Bandwidth]
- Details on the African American History Museum’s music collection. [DC Music Download]
- Famed go-go producer and manager Preston Blue has died. [WCP]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Founding Farmers writes manifesto after zero-star review. [WBJ]
- D.C.’s essential sandwiches [Eater]
- Eight new frozen drinks to try this summer [Zagat]
- Why does a strawberry grown down the road cost more than one from California? [Post]
- La Jambe opening in Shaw on Thursday [PoPville]
- Where to find food along Northern Virginia’s hiking trails [NoVa Mag]