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District officials are now considering taking the Reeves Center out of the D.C. United stadium swap deal. The controversial deal that Mayor Vince Gray and City Administrator Allen Lew negotiated last year called for the city to sell the Reeves Center on 14th and U streets NW for cash and land for the stadium on Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C.


  • The GOP-controlled Congress isn’t showing much interest in preventing D.C.’s marijuana legalization law from going into effect. [Washington Post]
  • A study from the Maryland Department of Legislative Services found that the state’s film incentive fund—-which gives big tax breaks to shows like House of Cards—-may not be a winner for taxpayers. [WAMU]
  • A blighted Anacostia building has reopened as condos for low-income residents. [Housing Complex]
  • A judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging D.C.’s health exchange funding. [Washington Post]


Art Burn: During the course of the city’s recent biennial 5×5 Project—-a government-funded, citywide public art exhibit—-the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities yanked two pieces that created a public outcry. Our latest cover story explores what led to the decisions to remove these already-commissioned art pieces and just how much public input there should be in public art.

Taco Time: Regulars on the farmers market scene, Chaia signed a lease for a Georgetown storefront to sell its vegetarian tacos.

Fortunate Flop: Thankfully, a million bikers did not descend on the National Cathedral to protest a Muslim prayer service Friday.

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

  • The Reeves Center could be dropped from the soccer stadium deal after all. [Post]
  • Post ed board questions streetcar expansion. [Post]
  • Jack Evans, busted after parking in front of a fire hydrant, apologizes. [LL]
  • Health exchange lawsuit dismissed. [Post]
  • Congress probably won’t act on District marijuana laws. [Post]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton: Back off, Congress. [WAMU]
  • Colby King: Hurry it up, Ron Machen. [Post]
  • The mayor-elect’s brother’s least favorite gay stereotype? Lack of power-tool knowledge. [Blade]
  • Anacostia gets an affordable housing condo. [Housing Complex]
  • Man held for decades over necklace theft could finally be released. [Times]
  • Hurray for Muriel, says Peter Rosenstein. [Blade]
  • More students are in top charter schools. [Post]
  • Investigation continues into FBI agent. [Post]

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

  • The promise, and challenges, of converting old office buildings to apartments. [Post]
  • It’s not just rich white kids whose test scores are going up. [GGW]
  • Progress for the new east-of-the-river DC Eagle. [WBJ]
  • Can gas-station restaurants make the suburbs more urban? [CityLab]
  • The Peace Corps may have found its (tiny) memorial site, near the Capitol. [WBJ]
  • Protected bike lanes make streets safer for pedestrians. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: 2BR in newish Truxton Circle townhouse—-$525,000

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

  • Busboys and Poets will open an Anacostia location. [Housing Complex]
  • Listen to Fugazi‘s first-ever demo tape. [Arts Desk]
  • How Shakespeare Theatre Company revisits oft-forgotten classic plays and interprets them anew [DCist]
  • A duo of identical twin pianists bring “brutal physicality” to the Kennedy Center. [Post]
  • Listen to Young Rapids‘ new dream-pop track, “Melt,” inspired by a fight between a snake and a stray cat. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Playwright Mickle Maher on writing about “middle-aged sex and love and death” in There Is A Happiness That Morning Is, now showing at WSC Avant Bard [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Seven gourmet riffs on fast food staples [Washingtonian]
  • How to make DGS Delicatessen‘s chicken schnitzel [Post]
  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia checks out Wiseguy NY Pizza. [PoPville]
  • Q&A with Restaurant Association Metropolitan president Kathy Hollinger [WBJ]
  • Ramen doughnuts are a thing. [BuzzFeed]
  • A journey through the history of American food in 100 bites [NPR]
  • Native Foods Cafe opens Penn Quarter location. [Eater]