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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
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? email@example.com)
- Congressional deal stops marijuana legalization. [City Desk, Post, WAMU, Post, City Desk]
- Muriel Bowser picks Alexandria’s Rashad Young to be her city administrator. [LL, Post]
- 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, WAMU, Post, Post, Post]
- 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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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]