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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- 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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- DCPS’ Kaya Henderson hit up troubled food contractor for $100,000 gala donation. [AP, Post, Times]
- 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. [Times, Washingtonian]
- Buzzkill: District keeps pot club ban. [City Desk, WBJ, Times]
- 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? email@example.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]