A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that D.C. voters would definitely not be able to vote for the city’s next attorney general in 2014.


  • Two members of Congress are expected to send a letter to the NFL commissioner Monday, urging him to support changing the name of the area’s football team. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat who chairs the Indian Affairs Committee, says lawmakers will examine the NFL’s tax-exempt status and consider other ways to pressure the league to change the name. [New York Times]
  • Alice Deal Middle School students spoke before the D.C. Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment to lobby for a bus shelter at the Nebraska Avenue NW bus stop. [Post]
  • The Silver Line contractor says testing and construction of the trains is complete. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority now has to review the findings before the project is handed over to Metro. [WAMU]
  • A new DDOT report found that speed cameras are reducing crashes and injuries in D.C. [WJLA]


Busboys and Politics:ICYMI, our latest cover story is a profile of Andy Shallal, the owner of Busboys and Poets and a longshot mayoral candidate who’s hoping his status as the outsider in the race can lead him to victoryor at the very least get people talking about the issues surrounding race and class in D.C.

Muriel Mojo: Muriel Bowser once again tops Loose Lips’ mayoral power rankings.

Reading of the Future: Here’s some renderings of how the redesigned Martin Luther King Jr. Library could look.

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

  • Michael Brown admits he received $100,000 off-the-books help from man resembling Jeff Thompson. [LL, Times, Post]
  • No attorney general race for the April ballot [LL, Post, Times]
  • Soap magnate puts $20,000 into D.C. pot legalization [WAMU]
  • Spike in homelessness puts Vince Gray in a tough spot [Post]
  • Gray defends Andy Shallal‘s honor. [LL]
  • Mayoral power rankings return. [LL]
  • Cyclists want a better bike trail in Rock Creek. [WAMU]
  • Third-party candidates want in on debates. [LL]
  • Robert McCartney: Muriel Bowser is the leading anti-Gray candidate. [Post]
  • Alice Deal students take their case to the D.C. Council. [Post]
  • Former local Twitter gadfly runs afoul of federal rules with tweets about Kenyan McDuffie [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX is on vacation through next week. (tips awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Possible designs for Martin Luther King Jr. Library released. [Housing Complex]
  • Kennedy Center expansion OKed by feds. [AP]
  • Talk show host Wendy Williams donates her stuff to the Smithsonian. [AP]
  • An analysis of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s next season [Post]
  • Stomp dancers advise the Gallaudet Dance Company. [WJLA]
  • The Julie Ruin has a new music video [Pitchfork]
  • Relive The Beatles’ 1964 concert at the Washington Coliseum. [Post]
  • Here are some photos of No Kings Collective’s new spot in Adams Morgan. [BYT]
  • Art Enables is 12 years old. [DCist]
  • A chat with House of Cards creator Beau Willimon [Post]
  • See a bunch of D.C. murals in one place. [Art 202]

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

  • Bryan Voltaggio opening Italian restaurant called Aggio within Range. [Bethesda Mag]
  • Nurish Food & Drink opens in Anacostia. [Post]
  • House of Falafel opens in Petworth. [PoPville]
  • Muse nightclub closes in Penn Quarter. [PQL]
  • Trend alert: neck meat [Zagat]
  • Ten great guacamoles [The Plate]
  • Barack and Michelle Obama dine at Oyamel. [Obama Foodorama]