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Good afternoon sweet readers! This roundup will be quick and dirty, much like LL’s career as a plumber. News time:
- Cabriding citizens of the District, relax: your taxi fares aren’t about to double, despite what a certain local tabloid may have you believe. DCist has the details on a five-hour taxi commission hearing yesterday (seriously, why do hearings in DC take so long!?) and notes that a fare increase is far from certain.
- TWT notes that Safeway v. Walmart is also a clash of titan lobbyists Bruce Bereano and David Wilmot. Also brings up that Mayor Vince Gray‘s fence builder is tied to Skyland deal.
- Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells is starting a new book club. (First book: How to Win Friends and Influence People. Kidding!)
- Missed this from Jaffe‘s column yesterday: “Sources tell me the FBI has been aggressively investigating new leads in the Thomas case. ‘There are more tentacles to this case than the AG could find,’ one source has told me.”
- You may soon be able to pay $25 extra in order to let the world know you’re a Redskins fan. (As if you haven’t suffered enough.)
- 30 percent of D.C. kids live in poverty, says census.
- Long lines for affordable housing in Columbia Heights.
- Let’s try this thing with the Stevens School again.
- Fire chief wants change shifts from 24 hours to 12. Union says no thanks.
- Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, a Missouri Republican who oversees the District’s budget, got her first gig out of school working for the DCGOP.
Gray sked: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 am: Monthly Mayor-Council Breakfast; 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Fairmont Washington DC Hotel 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony;
Council sked: Ethics bill at 10 a.m.; Finance committee markup at 1:30 p.m.; Parks and Rec talks emergency preparedness at 2 p.m.