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Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican Congressman from Maryland on the Appropriations Committee, is expected to introduce an amendment to block the District’s marijuana decriminalization law from taking effect through an appropriations rider. Even if it passes the committee, it would still need to be approved by the entire House, the Democrat-controlled Senate, and signed by President Barack Obama.


  • The D.C. Council voted to keep the “Yoga Tax” intact despite some strong and organized opposition from D.C.’s fitness buffs. [Loose Lips]
  • The Council voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers in the District by 2016. [Post]
  • Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in a low-turnout election. [WAMU]
  • The District’s Court of Appeals won’t move the attorney general election from 2014, which means the District needs to start preparing for the election STAT. [Loose Lips]


Magic Cure: Metro released three new TV spots touting all the benefits the soon-to-be-open Silver Line will bring, including helping your sad dating life.

Not GoodA D.C. Superior Court jury on Monday found that nonprofit group Miracle Hands, Inc. and its executive director improperly diverted grant funds intended for the District’s HIV/AIDS program to pay for renovations at strip joint Stadium Club.

Trinidad Fringe: The Capital Fringe arts festival is moving from Mount Vernon Square to Trinidad’s Connersmith Gallery sometime after this year’s festival.

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

  • Maryland rep. says he’ll try to stop marijuana decriminalization in the District. [Post,City DeskRoll Call]
  • Mayoral hopeful Carol Schwartz says a PAC is push polling against her. [LL]
  • The yoga tax lives! [WBJ, LL, Post]
  • Appeals court won’t take up the D.C. attorney general election again. [LLPost]
  • More details released on the D.C. United stadium deal. [Housing Complex]
  • Council bans foam containers for food. [Post]
  • One-time drug boss Cornell Jones admits using HIV/AIDS money to build strip club Stadium Club. [City DeskPost]
  • Post ed board applauds Council for examining soccer stadium plan. [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson‘s budget “effectively repealed” property tax exemptions for seniors, according to Anita Bonds.  [LL]
  • The Mayor for Life book tour continues. [Post]
  • What else the budget changes in the D.C. tax code. [Post]
  • Jeff Thompson gets court approval to go to New York for a wedding. [Document Cloud]
  • Latest Metropolitan Branch Trail robber wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. [Post]
  • You can’t believe everything you read on PoPville. [Housing Complex]

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

  • Metro ads: The Silver Line will make you less boring. [City Desk]
  • The fastest way to get from A to B in D.C. (It’s often biking.) [Curbed]
  • Capital Fringe to buy Trinidad gallery for new location. [Arts Desk]
  • How to solve regional inequality? More housing would help. [GGW]
  • Petworth tops D.C.-heavy list of top neighborhoods for home flipping. [New Columbia Heights]
  • Mount Pleasant homeowner aims for LEED Platinum. [UrbanTurf]
  • Renderings of the planned Homeland Security headquarters at St. Elizabeths. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Northern Petworth rowhouse—-$649,000

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

  • Capital Fringe has a new home: the Connersmith Gallery space in Trinidad. [Arts Desk]
  • Gio Russonello and Luke Stewart of jazz blog CapitalBop on how they found the art form [BYT]
  • Our top picks for the DC Jazz Festival [Arts Desk]
  • Studio Theatre’s Cock was a hit despite name-related marketing snags. [Post]
  • Watch Redline Graffiti‘s new music video for the downtempo, earnest “Junior June.” [D.C. Music Download]
  • Avenue Q‘s Stephen Gregory Smith on relating to the puppets he plays [DC Metro Theater Arts]
  • Glitterlust‘s Liz Yeljack and Freeform Radio‘s Nikki Smith in conversation about two collectives of women rockers [BYT]

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

  • Where to find cheap eats [Washingtonian]
  • A guide to D.C. oyster bars [BYT]
  • Tom Sietsema‘s first look at 14th Street NW newcomer Tico [Post]
  • Six upscale takes on carnival classics [Zagat]
  • Mediterranean Spot becomes Philly Cheesesteak & Gyro in Adams Morgan. [PoPville]
  • Urbana renovation gets pushed back. [Eater]