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Members of Congress wielded their power over D.C. last night and introduced a provision to a massive federal spending bill that would prevent the city’s voter-approved initiative to legalize marijuana from going into effect.


  • The firefighter accused of neglecting to help a dying man outside a D.C. fire station was fired yesterday after repeatedly failing to show up to work. [Washington Post]
  • D.C. charter school Potomac Prep, on the verge of being closed, is asking for more time to prove that it can effectively educate its students. [WAMU]
  • A breakdown of what happened to D.C.’s marijuana legalization law Tuesday. [City Desk]
  • Meet Foggy Bottom’s newly elected Advisory Neighborhood Commission member, William Kennedy Smith—-the famous Kennedy cousin acquitted of rape in 1991. [Washington Post]


Welcome to Miami: Here’s what D.C.-area gallerists were doing in Art Basel last week.

Woman of the Pedestrians: Incoming At-large Councilmember Elissa Silverman says she doesn’t want to reap the benefits of the council license plate privilege, which gives members immunity from most parking tickets.

Luddites: Pizza Vinoteca will open in Ballston Thursday without the restaurant’s signature iPads at every table.

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

  • Congressional deal stops marijuana legalization. [City DeskPostWAMUPost, City Desk]
  • Muriel Bowser picks Alexandria’s Rashad Young to be her city administrator. [LLPost]
  • Elissa Silverman won’t use a D.C. Council license plate or hand out special ones to her supporters. [LL]
  • Developer won’t be able to close part of 395 after all. [Housing Complex, WAMUPost, PostPost]
  • Nominate the best District politics quotes of 2014. [LL]
  • Firefighter involved in Medric Mills case canned after not showing up to work. [Post]
  • Group courts Bowser with online survey. [Post]
  • Reliability questions loom ahead of Pepco merger. [WAMU]
  • Bowser appears in Olympic bid video. [WBJ]
  • So does Newt Gingrich. [Roll Call]
  • Once-controversial member of the Kennedy clan wins a spot on an ANC. [Post]
  • Vince Gray will be on hand to receive the District’s first piece of Walter Reed property. [WBJ]
  • Potomac Prep wants to keep its charter. [WAMU]
  • Read the program from Marion Barry‘s memorial. [Post]
  • Tied ANC race will come down to a “casting of lots.” [WAMU]
  • Education activist: don’t kill the education committee. [GGW]

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

  • D.C. (pop: 646,449) overruled by Andy Harris (pop: 1) on legal pot. [City Desk]
  • Why the Council shouldn’t scrap its education committee [GGW]
  • Lincoln Memorial station is now Capital Bikeshare’s busiest, overtaking Dupont. [CaBi on Facebook]
  • DDOT finalizes Circulator expansion plans, with six new routes over 10 years. [DCist]
  • JBG’s in charge, apartments are getting smaller, and other D.C. development stats. [WBJ]
  • Crumbling Lockkeeper’s House, on National Mall, to be restored. [DCist]
  • Six-story residential building planned for H Street NE. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Logan Circle 1BR condo—-$399,000

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

  • At the Miami art fairs, one local gallery showed work that everyone in D.C. loved, but was “too chickenshit” to buy. [Arts Desk]
  • Sheryl Crow‘s first stab at musical theater, Diner, premieres at Signature Theatre—-but don’t worry, fanboys, it’s not a direct adaptation of the film. [Post]
  • Americans for the Arts’ Abe Flores on facilitating conversations about diversity in D.C. arts organizations [ARTSblog]
  • President Obama tried to take over Stephen Colbert‘s job at a Colbert Report taping at GW. [DCist]
  • The Caribbean remixed Tereu Tereu‘s “Cut the Line” for an album to benefit HIPS. [BYT]

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

  • 12 must-try hot toddies in D.C. [Zagat]
  • The best dishes of 2014 [Washingtonian]
  • D.C.-made shrubs, bitters, and tonics [Express]
  • How to turn canned goods and toys into free beer [Post]
  • Get free chicken at Nando’s Peri-Peri today. [PoPville]
  • The Big Stick opens Monday in Navy Yard. [UrbanDaddy]
  • More trouble with Ray’s at CityVista [Eater]