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Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky says he knows his amendment to effectively overturn D.C. gun laws will be defeated. But, he says, he introduced it anyway to show his constituents back home that he is in fact pro-guns. Both Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Vince Gray denounced his amendment at a press conference Thursday as both dangerous and infringing on the rights of D.C. residents.


  • Councilmember Vince Orange wants the Council to be able to fire the mayor and attorney general. [Loose Lips]
  • Some “ordinary” Washingtonians actually like the sense of safety they get from top politicians’ and administration officials’ security detail. [NYTimes]
  • A look at some of the pot busts that occurred right before the D.C. marijuana decriminalization law went into effect. [Post]
  • JP’s, a Glover Park strip club, was evicted less than a year after it reopened. It was forced to close in 2008 after a fire destroyed it. [News4]


Compensatory Damages: The District spent workers’ compensation money on its general budget. So why is D.C.’s workers’ compensation still such a mess? Our latest cover story investigates.

Rebel Girls: A look at a girls rock camp and what it says about D.C.’s network of female musicians.

Fringe Festival: Make sure to check out all of our Fringe coverage on the Fringeworthy blog.

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

  • Muriel Bowser plans neighborhood hearings next week on the D.C. United stadium. [Post]
  • Congressman aims to lift the District’s gun laws. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Vincent Orange wants the D.C. Council to be able to oust the mayor, attorney general. [LL]
  • Housing agency struggles with marijuana decriminalization ruling. [Housing Complex]
  • After scandals, charter board looks into schools’ management contracts. [Post]
  • Police union wants more traffic enforcement. [Post]
  • DCPS hopes new hire will help male African American students. [Post]
  • After veto override defeat, Vince Gray‘s legacy lies in housing, Jonetta Rose Barras says.[Post]

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

  • Low-income U Street NW tenants ask to remain separated from future market-rate neighbors. [WBJ]
  • A political and environmental coalition opposes art project in the Anacostia River. [CityLab]
  • Some neighbors like the security presence outside top pols’ houses. [NYT]
  • Why Pennsylvania Avenue needs fixing. [GGW]
  • National Geographic creates a dual-track sidewalk on 18th Street NW. [WJLA]
  • The appeal of micro-units. [Post]
  • Charter asks to be able to give preference to neighborhood kids. [GGE]
  • Today on the market: Mount Pleasant 2BR co-op—$299,000

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? jfischer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C.’s attorney general now backs the plan to break up the Corcoran. [Post]
  • Local environmental and rowing groups oppose a planned Mia Feuer installation of a sunken gas station in the Anacostia River on the grounds that it “could single-handedly set back the river restoration and undo years of effort on the part of the D.C., Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County governments to convince people to keep oil out of the water.” [CityLab]
  • Even Columbia, Md., suburbanites are hosting house shows. [WAMU]
  • Ruben Casteneda chats about S Street Rising, his book about covering crime in the District. [Library Journal]
  • At the National Gallery, Degas‘ “Little Dancer” is about to get a bigger spotlight. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman  (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Why wine prices vary at small specialty stores [Post]
  • Where to eat brunch around town [Eater]
  • India Gate opens in Dupont from former Bombay Club cook. [Barred in DC]
  • Cafe du Parc welcomes a new chef. [Zagat]
  • How long meats are cooked at Fat Pete’s Barbecue [Express]
  • CityCenterDC restaurants are hiring. [WBJ]
  • District Doughnut opening approaches. [PoPville]