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The D.C. Council passed legislation Tuesday to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. If the bill becomes law, blazing in public, however, would still be considered a criminal offense.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- President Barack Obama‘s budget would grant D.C. greater autonomy, but it’s unlikely it will pass Congress. [City Desk]
- The Maryland Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would ban discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing, and public places. [Post]
- Police are looking for about a dozen teens after they robbed the high-end True Religion store in Georgetown in a flash mob-style heist two weeks ago. [News4]
- In the first six months of 2013, seven pedestrians were killed by cars, compared to three during the same time period the year before. [WAMU]
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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vince Gray says Secret Service road closures are “paralyzing” the District. [NBC 4, Times, Post]
- D.C. Council passes marijuana decriminalization bill. [Post, Times, WBJ, WAMU]
- How to smoke (almost) legally once the decriminalization bill becomes law. [LL]
- David Catania‘s D.C. Promise bill passes the Council. [Post]
- Compare where the mayoral hopefuls stand on issues. [Post]
- Gray lands Chamber of Commerce endorsement. [LL, Post]
- Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander caucuses back Gray. [Huffington Post]
- Bill to increase nursing staff levels remains stuck. [Post, WBJ]
- Muriel Bowser likes Nirvana, and four other facts about her. [Post]
- Vincent Orange hasn’t always worn such jaunty pins. [Post]
- Jim Graham legislation would put party promoters through ABC Board regulations. [Times]
- Mayoral candidates talk homeless policy. [Housing Complex]
- Fox 5’s general manager wants fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe to get the boot. [Fox 5]
- Trinidad and Petworth home values show biggest growth. [Housing Complex]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips email@example.com)
- Mayoral candidates weigh in on housing, the Height Act, and D.C.’s growth. [GGW]
- With people driving less, is it time to rethink our transportation funding? [WAMU]
- The GSA’s looking to create a civilian cybersecurity center in the D.C. area. [WBJ]
- D.C. and other cities work to combat the pressures of gentrification. [NYT]
- Where could the Circulator go next? [GGW]
- The history of chickens in D.C. [Hill Rag]
- U Street NW ANC committee votes to support lowered parking minimums. [SALM]
- Today on the market: Cathedral Heights co-op—$324,000
ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The Kennedy Center’s 2014-2015 season includes the return of The Book of Mormon, a revival of Gigi, and the premiere of a Degas-inspired musical.[Arts Desk]
- The Post‘s critics analyze the just-announced KenCen season. [Post]
- Proposed 2014-2015 federal budget would increase Smithsonian, National Gallery funding. [Post]
- A close look at the Corcoran’s collection—and what the National Gallery may want to keep from it. [Modern Art Notes]
- 1982 Post report on a neighborhood music festival: “A Different Kind of Action Goes Down at 14th and U.” [Facebook]
- An interview with Comet Ping Pong show booker Sasha Lord [D.C. Music Download]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? email@example.com)
- Inside the fridge’s of D.C.’s top chefs [Thrillist]
- Le Diplomate is set to bring in $16 million in sales by its one year anniversary next month. [Post]
- Where to find Chick-fil-A knock-offs around D.C. [Zagat]
- Sweet Belly Cookies opening pop-up in Arlington and then a shop in Falls Church. [NoVa Mag]
- D.C. points tourists to Rose’s Luxury, Daikaya, Del Campo, and more. [Eater]
- New service delivers meat by bike [UrbanDaddy]
- Another steakhouse?! This one’s called Mastro’s. [WBJ]
- Meet La Piquette‘s chef Francis Layrle. [Washingtonian]