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Marijuana legalization is days away in D.C., but thanks to a meddlesome Congress, the city has been unable to create rules for how residents may obtain it.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- It is going to snow. [Capital Weather Gang]
- The Washington Monument has shrunk a bit. [WAMU]
- At the Obamacare deadline, a flurry of sign-ups in D.C. [ABC7]
- Ward 4 candidate Brandon Todd faces residency challenge. [Loose Lips]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
David Carr: Former City Paper staffers remember their legendary former editor, who died suddenly on Thursday.
Self-Determination: Mayor Muriel Bowser is considering changing the mayoral position on whether the budget autonomy referendum has legal force.
Franklin School Fallout: The mayor’s decision to pull the plug on the Franklin School museum project runs the risk of ruining the city’s reputation as a business partner, plus five other reasons to reconsider.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Marijuana legalization—and lots of questions—await the District in ten days. [Post]
- …but Rep. Andy Harris says the city’s “bravado ran out” on legalization. [WAMU]
- Muriel Bowser could reverse mayoral direction on budget autonomy referendum. [LL]
- Brandon Todd challenged on his residency in the Ward 4 race. [LL]
- Prosecutors have a plea deal for Christopher Barry. [Post]
- Department of Justice wants stay on gun purchasing ruling. [Times]
- Marijuana business seminar heads to D.C. [WBJ]
- Contemporary Metro is reminiscent of five years ago. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Six of the biggest developers in D.C. have submitted bids for the FBI’s Hoover Building. [Post]
- Six reasons Muriel Bowser should rethink her decision to pull the plug on the Institute for Contemporary Expression. [Arts Desk]
- Washington’s bust: Bad for D.C., good for America. [New York]
- An independent review will examine the errors at Metro’s control center during the Jan. 12 incident. [Post]
- Potential designs for the Pepco Buzzard Point substation. [SWTLQTC]
- D.C. hotels profit from elaborate Indian weddings. [Post]
- Why those extra stories on MLK Library didn’t make financial sense. [GGW]
- Today on the market: Logan Circle 1BR—-$334,900
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? email@example.com)
- Six reasons Mayor Bowser should reconsider pulling the contemporary-art kunsthalle from the Franklin School… [Arts Desk]
- …and a letter to sign if you agree that she’s selling D.C. short [Arts Desk]
- Why building residential space on top of MLK Library [Greater Greater Washington]
- Meet Showtime’s house band, Granny and the Boys, and its 82-year-old frontwoman. [WAMU]
- How the Smithsonian’s $1.5 billion fundraising goal breaks down among its museums [Post]
- Members of the Sweater Set and Ballad’ve interview one another about songwriting, ukeleles, and shape-note singing. [D.C. Music Download]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A Philippine restaurant will fill the shuttered Tonic space in Mount Pleasant. [Express]
- 21 D.C. eats that won’t break the bank [BuzzFeed]
- The Columbia Room will pop-up at PX March 10. [Post]
- Highline RXR is now open in Crystal City. [Washingtonian]