A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The 9:30 Club holds a special place in D.C.’s heart.” Read excerpts from a new book commemorating the venue’s 35th anniversary this year, featuring memories from 9:30’s staff, fans, and the bands that made music history there.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Report: “Was Pepco’s $25-million deal for D.C. United naming rights a case of ‘pay-to-play’”? [WAMU]
- Southeast’s Navy Yard neighborhood is growing—perhaps more quickly than any other in D.C. [Post]
- Red pandas are coming back to the National Zoo, and Bei Bei makes his public debut next week. [DCist]
- 400 D.C. public school students and teachers could travel to one of 12 countries this summer. [City Desk]
- The D.C. Council will hold a public hearing today on stricter traffic fines that some have criticized. [Post]
- In other transportation news, cabs and rideshare cars won’t have the same accessibility mandates. [WAMU]
- The D.C. Guardian Angels are coming back to the Metro’s Red Line this weekend after violent incidents. [Post]
- Likewise, an ANC commissioner plans to organize a patrol near the Potomac Avenue station. [FOX5]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- Foam Rule: A newly instituted ban on expanded polystyrene foam seems to be serving its purpose so far.
- Fiscal Responsibility: D.C. Auditor Kathy Patterson had a very busy first year.
- New NFL Stadium: With reports that the Washington football team has contracted with Bjarke Ingels to design their new NFL stadium—somewhere in the region—is the Danish architect risking his reputation?
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Muriel Bowser: Police headquarters is probably the worst city-owned building. [WBJ]
- Kathy Patterson plans an ambitious 2016 as D.C. auditor. [LL]
- New fire department rules after man’s death. [Post]
- Kenyan McDuffie on Kojo Show [WAMU]
- Blade: Activists predict Vince Gray would win plurality of gay vote in D.C. Council run. [Blade]
- Marijuana strike for living wage initiative becomes more like a marijuana diet. [City Desk]
- Deborah Simmons: Why is New York Avenue so ugly? [Times]
- New bill would tie tax breaks to living wages. [WBJ]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Read excerpts from the 9:30 Club oral and pictorial history book. [Arts Desk]
- The Renwick Gallery’s new Instagram-ready “Wonder” exhibit is blowing up, but is the art any good? [Post]
- Listen to the new Tomato Dodgers [DCist]
- More murals coming at the D.C. Alley Museum. [Post]
- Iron Chic, Timeshares, Loud Boyz, Slingshot Dakota, and Lilac Daze headline the inaugural Breakin’ Even Fest. [Arts Desk]
- Is the 9:30 Club’s new World’s Fair exhibit whitewashing its own history? [Bandwidth]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Gwyneth Paltrow is an investor in Beefsteak. [Post]
- Eight can’t miss D.C. food and drink events in January [Zagat]
- Four D.C. restaurants getting a little crazy with ramen [Eater]
- Restaurant menus then and now [NoVa Mag]
- Hipster generated restaurant names decorate Ivy & Coney‘s door. [PoPville]
- Adams Morgan residents wary of forthcoming Italian restaurant. [Borderstan]