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Speed and traffic cameras in the District issued 125,461 fewer tickets in 2013 than the prior year, which resulted in revenue dropping from $78,826,683 in 2012 to $75,713,666 last year. A sharper drop is expected in 2014.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Police Chief Cathy Lanier says Metropolitan Police Department headquarters is in such disrepair that the ceiling collapses on workers’ desks. There seems to be a “secret” plan to replace, swap, sell, or renovate the building at 300 Indiana Ave. NW. [WBJ]
- At least 5,000 of the D.C’s poorest children are not receiving the necessary mental health treatment, according to a new study from a mental health advocacy group. [Post]
- The Wizards beat the Pacers last night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. [News4]
- The D.C. Council is considering a bill today that would make the parking ticket appeals process quicker and more transparent. [WAMU]
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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- D.C. police HQ is in such bad shape that Chief Cathy Lanier fears the ceiling will fall on important items. [WBJ]
- The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs wants to spend $4 million on a TurboTax-style website. [WBJ]
- Mary Cheh bill would make challenging tickets easier. [WAMU]
- Lawyers back D.C. Council in budget autonomy lawsuit. [Legal Times]
- Ron Moten talks violence after zoo shooting. [Post]
- DDOT looks for $20 million for the Anacostia streetcar. [WBJ]
- H Street NE streetcar won’t start until late summer at the earliest. [WTOP]
- Man accused of setting Petworth fire that killed his wife. [Post]
- Vince Gray receives surprise award from gay group. [Blade]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips? email@example.com)
- Just how perverse is the homeownership craze? Imagine buying food the same way. [NYT]
- Students create a map of where D.C. homeless kids go to school. [Middle Child in DC]
- The Farm at Walker Jones bids adieu. [WJFarm]
- The wasteland that will become the world’s largest urban greenhouse. [Atlantic Cities]
- DDOT shames people who park in bike lanes. [DCist]
- The aftermath of the K Street NW strip club collapse. [Curbed]
- Logan Circle garden will become residences. [SALM]
- Adams Morgan dog daycare could become up to 145 residences. [UrbanTurf]
- Until it’s replaced, MPD headquarters is in rough shape. [WBJ]
- Today on the market: 1BR condo by the convention center—$414,900
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Art auction prices are rising to absurd heights. When will the bubble burst? [Post]
- A fifth grader from Silver Spring is one of 50 finalists in a nationwide Google doodle contest. Vote her up! [NBC4]
- Costume designer Deb Sivigny crafted a single set that will serve as a backdrop for every play in the Source Festival. [theatreWashington]
- Kitty Kelley, a local biographer of fancy people, will center her next book on the “verve and dynamic of the loveliest 12 square blocks in Washington.” No, she’s not talking about Bloomingdale. [Washingtonian]
- Leeway Overlee’s infamous “busty mermaid” sculpture has been traded out for something far less titillating. [ARLNow]
- A new documentary about D.C. punk is raising its final post-production funds on Kickstarter. [Bandwidth]
- “Pancake Mountain,” a rad D.C.-born kids TV show that went off the air in 2012, is BACK. [PBS]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? email@example.com)
- D.C.’s best tacos, guacamole, burritos, margaritas, and more [BYT]
- The 10 best happy hour deals in D.C. [Zagat]
- Impala Cantina y Taqueria opening on H Street NE this week. [Eater]
- Italian restaurant and gourmet grocery Carluccio’s is coming to Old Town Alexandria. [WBJ]
- ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen opens in Chinatown today. [Post]
- Fishnet opens in Shaw. [PoPville]
- Pizza Vinoteca coming to Ballston. [ARLnow]