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On Tuesday, the D.C. Council voted to permanently ban pot clubs, semi-private venues where patrons could have legally smoked marijuana outside of their homes. Advocates decried the 7-6 decision as a concession to Congress, while proponents of the ban argued that the District wouldn’t be able to regulate any such clubs under the status quo.


  • District license plates may be tweaked to read: “End Taxation Without Representation.” [Post, NBC4]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s minimum-wage proposal will include tipped workers. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson asked a city contractor for a large donation. [AP, Post]
  • The District’s students are gearing up for this year’s Common Core-aligned PARCC tests. [WAMU]
  • Lawmakers unanimously approved a “Made in D.C.” locavore program. [Washingtonian, DCist]
  • The youth suspected of killing a teen at a Metro station has been linked to another murder. [Post]
  • Police arrested a demonstrator in Anacostia who was protesting a tour for development firms. [City Desk]
  • D.C.’s National Cannabis Festival set for this weekend will (technically) be free of weed. [Washingtonian]


  • Marion Barry: Close associates of the Mayor for Life are divided over his kidney-donation foundation.
  • “Crush”: D.C.-based writer Cathy Alter sits down for a Q&A on the phenomenon of celebrity crushes.
  • Housing Discrimination: A new bill would fine landlords for asking about applicants’ criminal histories.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • DCPS’ Kaya Henderson hit up troubled food contractor for $100,000 gala donation. [APPostTimes]
  • Mayoral photographer says he was fired over his photos. [LL]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s minimum wage bill includes tipped workers. [WAMU]
  • Post ed board: leave CityCenter alone, feds. [Post]
  • Marion Barry‘s entourage throws (kidney) stones. [LL]
  • Kenyan McDuffie wants to fine landlords who ask would-be renters about criminal histories. [City Desk]
  • More on the Vince Gray campaign and its poll numbers. [TimesWashingtonian]
  • Buzzkill: District keeps pot club ban. [City DeskWBJTimes]
  • These license plates aren’t doing enough for statehood. Charles Allen has a plan. [Post]
  • Pepco preps for rate increases in the District. [WBJ]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The next big hipster food trends [Thrillist]
  • Anxo will bring Basque ciders and snacks to Crane & Turtle in May. [Post]
  • Room 11‘s 4/20 menu includes gourmet Taco Chocos. [Washingtonian]
  • Six D.C.-area pop-ups to try right now [Zagat]
  • Mayor introduces legislation to increase tipped minimum wage. [City Desk]
  • Amsterdam Falafelshop expands to Texas, adds meat. [WBJ]
  • Espita Mezcaleria launches lunch. [Eater]