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Before she was elected mayor, Muriel Bowser struck a deal with the city’s marijuana advocates to keep legalization low-key so as not to provoke opponents in Congress.


  • Metro fares won’t increase this year, but service cuts are still on the table. [Housing Complex]
  • Mayor Bowser now has sticker art detractors. [Loose Lips]
  • Wireless carriers may miss another deadline to provide cellphone service in Metro tunnels. [WAMU]
  • Vandals have struck a D.C. mosque twice in one week. [ABC7]


Call and Response: One woman’s account of reporting a sexual assault to D.C. police, and why the police responded better than she’d hoped.

Operator Error: A year after Relisha Rudd went missing, critics say it’s time for the operator of the D.C. General homeless shelter to go.

Dinner and a Show: Why tableside preparation is making a comeback at D.C. restaurants.

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

  • How Muriel Bowser handled pot activists ahead of Initiative 71 enactment. [Post]
  • Rep. Andy Harris is mad. [WAMU]
  • Petula Dvorak refuses joint, grows to regret it. [Post]
  • Punk band takes art fight with Bowser to stickers. [LL]
  • Bowser follows through on plan to block pot clubs. [Post]
  • Medical marijuana supplies run low in the District. [Post]
  • Metro won’t raise rates or cut service…for now. [TimesHousing Complex]
  • New taxi boss talks plans. [WAMU]
  • Dutch take offense at Bowser’s promise that the District won’t become Amsterdam. [Post]
  • Stop feeding children, demands Times columnist. [Times]
  • How day laborers deal with homelessness. [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Mapping D.C.’s potholes, and how long it takes to fix them. [NBC4]
  • Private bus service is coming to D.C. [Post]
  • Three H Street NE buildings set to be razed to build new residences. [District Source]
  • And a 52-unit building is planned nearby in Trinidad. [UrbanTurf]
  • You need to earn $77,000 a year to afford a home in the D.C. area. [Next City]
  • Dan Tangherlini, former chief of DDOT and GSA, cashes out. [Post]
  • The Dutch don’t like Muriel Bowser‘s insistence that D.C. won’t be like Amsterdam. [Washingtonian]
  • But we should aspire to be more like Amsterdam. [GGW]
  • Adams Morgan office building slated to become 47 residences. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Queens Chapel corner-lot house—-$485,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A new documentary probes the failings of a scholarship program for kids in Southeast D.C. [Arts Desk]
  • Harness Flux (aka John Masters) on the benefits of making music without a band [Arts Desk]
  • You can buy the entire House of Cards season 3 wardrobe. [Washingtonian]
  • A primer on the more confusing plot twists of House of Cards [Post]
  • A sampling of reviews for the DC Independent Film Festival… [Arts Desk]
  • …and why festival heads spent so much cash getting directors to come to their films’ screenings [Express]

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser taps burger and pizza shop owner Spike Mendelsohn to chair D.C. Food Policy Council. [Eater]
  • Food clubs bring together charcuterie, sandwich, and wine enthusiasts. [Express]
  • Eight D.C. pop-ups that might as well just happen [Thrillist]
  • How to decode D.C.’s coffee roasters [Post]
  • Custom Fuel Pizza closes in Dupont. [PoPville]
  • First look and taste test of SER [BYT]
  • A look inside Gaithersburg’s Old Town Pour House [Washingtonian]