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 newly announced political action committee formed by supporters of ex-Mayor Vince Gray created a poll asking voters how they feel about him and other candidates, across 20 questions. Gray may run for D.C. Council this year.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Officials are being criticized after firefighters didn’t show up for nearly 20 minutes to the home of a 67-year-old man who was having a heart attack in Northeast on Sunday. The man subsequently died. [FOX5, Post]
- The D.C. Council approved pot clubs Tuesday—only to take it back minutes later. [City Desk, Post]
- Report: The long-awaited H Street–Benning Road streetcar is aiming to finally open by Feb. 20. [WAMU]
- Hate that noisy leaf blower near your home? D.C. could soon ban those that are gasoline-powered. [DCist]
- Residents who install security cameras on their properties are eligible for city rebates. [City Desk, WTOP]
- Being announced this morning: a new “task force” that will focus on combating robberies in D.C. [NBC4]
- Councilmembers are considering a bill that would increase the threshold for truancy among students. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- Defame-gate: Nats infielder Ryan Zimmerman sues Al Jazeera for alleged libel in a recent doping report.
- Poke Bowls: The Hawaiian specialty will arrive at Union Market’s District Fishwife next Thursday.
- Venus: A short film set in Columbia Heights tells the story of a group of self-proclaimed gender-benders.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Vince Gray supporters launch PAC to poll 2016. [LL]
- Streetcar officials look for late February launch. [WAMU]
- Firefighters miss stop, heart attack victim dies. [Post]
- Councilmembers flip-flop on marijuana clubs. [WBJ, City Desk, WAMU, Post]
- Andy Shallal talks workforce development on Kojo. [WAMU]
- David Grosso grouses about shortened zoo hours. [Borderstan]
- Council backs security camera incentives. [City Desk, Post]
- Courtland Milloy: Where’s D.C.’s anti-murder campaign? [Post]
- Bill would let schools avoid counting late students as truant. [Post]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Taffety Punk won’t stage an all-female Taming of the Shrew this year. [Post]
- In Venus, a new short film by Jen Meller, D.C. musicians and artists take on gender issues in the local music scene. [Arts Desk]
- DC Music Download’s favorite 9:30 Club moments. [DC Music Download]
- Listen to a new song from Manassas, Va.’s The Duskwhales. [BYT]
- Baby Bry Bry discusses the records that shaped his musical sensibilities. [DC Music Download]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Seasonal Pantry will close in early April. [Washingtonian]
- Nine mistakes you’re probably making when you dine out [Express]
- Bistro Bohem changes ownership. [PoPville]
- Buredo eyes Dupont location [Borderstan]
- 10 Restaurant Week reservations to make right now [Zagat]
- Restaurants that want you to break your healthy New Year’s resolutions [Eater]