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We’ve been warned: On the cusp of marijuana legalization in D.C., the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser last night threatening prosecutions for, they claim, breaking federal law.


  • Mayor Bowser’s pick to replace her in Ward 4, Brandon Todd, used to be a Republican. [Loose Lips]
  • The SUV driver who killed a pedestrian on a downtown sidewalk Monday was accused of going 104 mph in a 55-mph zone just weeks before. [Post]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton pushes to end the ban on sledding at the Capitol. [WTOP]
  • Metro has a new anti-harassment campaign. [DCist]


Going Under: A long-dormant underground space on 14th Street NW becomes a new bar next week.

Q&A: Comedian Kyle Kinane on why he hates college shows and prefers music clubs over comedy clubs.

Pre-emptive Blow: Bowser wants to ban private marijuana nightclubs.

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

  • District preps for pot legalization, but congressmen try to quash it. [LLPostTimesWBJ]
  • Ward 4’s Brandon Todd faces questions about his residency, past Republican registration. [LL]
  • Clash continues over school for minority boys. [LLWAMU]
  • Bowser lays out committee to honor Marion Barry. [LL]
  • D.C. Public Schools will start offering principals longer contracts. [Post]
  • Pot activist plans to reopen his marijuana paraphernalia store. [Post]

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

  • First phase of massive Anacostia riverfront development gets zoning approval. [UrbanTurf]
  • Homeowners appealing their tax assessment almost always lose. [WBJ]
  • How the demographics of D.C. neighborhoods changed over a decade. [District, Measured]
  • Mapping where you can’t possess marijuana tomorrow. [Post]
  • Blagden Alley development can go forward without parking. [UrbanTurf]
  • Zoning Commission gives initial green light to flexibility on affordability units near Navy Yard. [JDLand]
  • Building sale near the Capitol is the priciest in D.C. history. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Logan Circle 1BR—-$399,900

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

  • The hooligans at the University of Maryland’s WMUC played Smash Mouth for 24 hours straight. [Bandwidth]
  • Photos of A Place to Bury StrangersEd Schraders’s Music Beat, and Multicult at the Rock & Roll Hotel [D.C. Music Download]
  • How Greg Pierce wrote Kid Victory, now playing at Signature Theatre, with John Kander of Cabaret and Chicago [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Sirius XM host Joe Madison will shoot for record-breaking fundraising numbers for the forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture. [Post]

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

  • DCity Smokehouse will pop-up near Union Market and eventually expand to a larger space. [Post]
  • A look inside Alexandria gastropub Mason Social [Washingtonian]
  • The D.C. area’s nine hottest coffee shops [Zagat]
  • BLT Steak has a new beverage director. [Eater]
  • The top Irish bars in Arlington [ARLnow]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser moves to ban private marijuana nightclubs. [Loose Lips]