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The D.C. Council is holding a hearing today on a bill that would regulate marijuana sales. Meanwhile the fate of the city’s marijuana legalization remains uncertain.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Poll: 44 percent of D.C. voters oppose the Pepco-Exelon merger. [CBS9]
- Metro says federal tax policy is causing ridership to decline. [Post]
- D.C. Fire and EMS plans to increase training for Metro incidents. Only half the department’s firefighters have ever had the training. [NBC4]
- D.C. is investigating a suicide at the city’s central cell block. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Public Shaming: Egregious examples of news organizations saying things are “blocks from the White House” when the subject has nothing to do with the White House.
To Boats: A restaurant opening along the Georgetown waterfront will deliver to boats.
In Smoke: The Dupont Circle Metro station was briefly evacuated and closed Friday due to smoke.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Muriel Bowser administration backs off request for loosened homeless housing requirements after finding new motel rooms. [WAMU, Post]
- Conservative groups ask Congress to fight District bills on contraception and gay marriage. [Post]
- Fire department didn’t track which responders had Metro training. [Post]
- City rolls out teacher recruitment plan. [Post]
- Colby King: What do we feel after a fatal shooting? [Post]
- Apparent suicide in D.C. Jail. [Post]
- New D.C. Lottery ads are a bummer. [WBJ]
- Tire-slashing spree in Congress heights. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- Feds alter plans for St. Elizabeths move. [WBJ]
- D.C. is gentrifying faster than every city but Portland. [Post]
- Few D.C. firefighters are trained for Metro emergencies. [WJLA]
- Smoke briefly shuts down Dupont Circle Metro station. [City Desk]
- Metro needs to expand its train storage capacity. Development could suffer. [GGW]
- The growth of D.C. cycling, in one chart. [WashCycle]
- A snapshot of the McMillan saga. [Hill Rag]
- Institute for Contemporary Expression challenges Bowser administration’s contention that it’s not raising enough money. [Post]
- What do you call a street that’s really a parking lot? [GGW]
- Before buying a house, some people give it a test drive. [WSJ]
- Here’s how 7th Street NW looked a century ago. [Ghosts of DC]
- Today on the market: Columbia Heights 3BR townhouse condo—-$575,000
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- No selfie sticks allowed at the Hirshhorn [Washingtonian]
- Listen to Makeshift Shelters‘ new punk track with pop sensibilities: “Opposite Directions.” [Bandwidth]
- Here’s what you can hear Alexander Graham Bell say at the American History Museum. [Post]
- Photos of beautifully designed, touchable crafts on view at the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence [BYT]
- John O’Hurley reprises one of his favorite all-time roles, Chicago‘s Billy Flynn, at the National Theatre. [DC Theatre Scene]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- D.C. now has an Alexander Graham Bell-themed, steampunk-inspired restaurant. [Eater]
- Six insane Valentine’s Day desserts [Washingtonian]
- How to use flowers in cocktails for Valentine’s Day [Post]
- A ranking of every Starbucks drink [Thrillist]
- Five new must-try bakeries in D.C. [Zagat]
- Bespoke Kitchen prepares two gluten-free supper clubs this month. [PoPville]
- Confessions of a former White House chef [VICE]