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On the cover of this week’s Washington City Paper: Jonathan L. Fischer investigates the friendly graffiti messages stenciled on the city’s bike lanes—-and meets the mysterious artist behind them.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- By law, the city is required to give “great weight” to Advisory Neighborhood Commission’s recommendations on certain issues, but when it comes to public land deals, that weight isn’t very great. Here’s a look at why. [Housing Complex]
- The latest campaign finance reports show Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser leading the pack in terms of money, with Evans being the first candidate to pass the $1 million fundraising mark. [Loose Lips]
- The District’s food trucks are still adjusting to the city’s new regulations. [Young & Hungry]
- The first streetcar is scheduled to make an appearance on the H Street NE tracks on Friday for testing, but passengers still won’t be able to ride it for quite some time. [WAMU]
- American University was put on lockdown Wednesday after a student reported seeing a man with a gun in his holster on a university shuttle bus. The lockdown was lifted just before 8 p.m.; the man in question was an off-duty police officer. [News4]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Big Questions: D.C. voters love ballot questions, so why doesn’t the D.C. Council?
Tacos and Punches: The son of Bandolero’s owners has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching one of the restaurant’s food runners in the face.
One Track Mind: Take a listen to the latest track from Columbia Heights’ Nitemoves, which just released its second soft-edged electronica album, Themes.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vincent Orange, Muriel Bowser, and Jack Evans voted to close the LLC loophole, but their campaigns are benefiting from it. [WAMU]
- Evans breaks $1 million in fundraising. [LL]
- Tommy Wells goes shopping on his minimum wage budget. [WAMU, LL]
- Jonetta Rose Barras considers Andy Shallal. [Post]
- How much weight should go into “great weight”? [Housing Complex]
- Post ed board weighs in on teachers union debate: “Shame on those who pandered to the noise.” [Post]
- Reports show D.C. students moving between schools. [WAMU]
- Everybody loves ballot questions, except the D.C. Council. [LL]
- Hospital nurses vote to unionize. [Post]
- The streetcar is here, sort of. [WAMU]
- Mystery stenciler hits D.C. bike lanes for good.[WCP]
- Food trucks respond to new vending rules. [Young & Hungry]
- The D.C. health exchange won’t release its numbers. [WBJ]
- Equipment on police cruisers auto-scans license plates. [WAMU]
- Someone’s trashing Blade boxes. [Blade]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- The story behind those mysterious bike-lane stencils, revealed! [WCP]
- Developer buys big Southwest building, aims to preserve affordable housing. [Post]
- Metro is cheaper than driving, says…AAA? [PlanItMetro]
- Fourteen-lane bowling alley could open early next year in Georgetown. [Post]
- Streetcar testing set to start this weekend on H Street NE. [NBC4]
- Residents forced to line up outside in the cold for social services in Anacostia. [CHOTR]
- GSA unsure whether outsourcing real estate leasing saved it any money. [WBJ]
- Blast from the past: a trippy old Columbia Heights promo website. [New Columbia Heights, innercity.org]
- A panoramic 1oo-year-old view of D.C. [Ghosts of DC]
- Today on the market: Swanky Dupont condos—$985,000 and up
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The former H Street Playhouse to become a CrossFit gym. [WBJ]
- Members of Congress present a bipartisan bill that would look into establishing a National Women’s History Museum. [Post]
- Port City Brewing is brewin’ up more Borracho beer. [Post]
- Local blues player Chris Polk has died. [In a Blue Mood]
- Anne Midgette mulls the significance of the Kennedy Center’s new president. [Post]
- God help us, there is another U.S. Royalty song out there. [Interview]
- RIP, Philippa Hughes‘ cat, Louie. [Art Is Fear]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Where to eat late at night in D.C. [Thrillist]
- Chef Geoff Tracy settles lawsuit over downtown D.C. leasing dispute [WBJ]
- Where to eat at Reagan National Airport [Eater]
- Why Momofuku‘s David Chang wants to buy the Pigskins [Post]
- Kinkead’s alum named new chef at BlackSalt.[Zagat]
- Richard Gere spotted dining at Rasika. [Washingtonian]
- Moroni & Brothers Pizza closes (temporarily?) on Georgia Ave. NW [PoPville]