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

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here.

The food truck lottery system that will determine where food trucks can operate each weekday begins today.


  • A congressional committee will meet this morning to discuss the future of the Height Act, but won’t be considering a pilot program that would have brought taller buildings to K Street NW. (The D.C. Office of Planning and National Capital Planning Commission considered this program.) [Housing Complex]
  • The District has already missed a number of self-imposed deadlines to build a new soccer stadium, including a promise to have a land deal the city council could vote on this year. [Post]
  • The man who allegedly planted a banana peel on a Metro elevator, slipped, and then sued for damages, is set to appear in court today on second-degree fraud charges. [WJLA]
  • How a laptop that was stolen from a D.C. school made it to a pastor in Louisiana in 10 days. [Post]


Lil’ Bao Bao: The public has decided. The National Zoo’s baby panda is now named Bao Bao, which means “precious” or “treasure.”

Give It Up: WCP has partnered with the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington to present a guide to local charities.

The Slight Act: How D.C.’s tallest buildings stack up against the tallest buildings in some of America’s other, um, major metropolises.

LOOSE LIPS’ Will Sommer is on vacation. Links will return Wednesday. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Purple Line threatened by rare shrimp-like creature. [Post]
  • The schematics of the H Street streetcar. [GGW]
  • Department of Health and Human Services plans Federal Center SW office consolidation. [WBJ]
  • Shaw Ice Rink on thin ice. [DCist]
  • McMillan proposal goes to the Zoning Commission. [WBJ]
  • Georgetown ANC backs Georgetown Metro stops. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Mi Casa plans workforce housing for Georgia Avenue. [WBJ]
  • Opening of Sky House, scheduled for today, is delayed. [SWTLQTC]
  • Today on the market: Rowhouse by Malcolm X Park—$925,000

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

  • This flea market Renoir story has only gotten better. [Post]
  • The Franklin School could make for a great art museum, says Kennicott. [Post]
  • RIP, Ricky “Sugarfoot” Wellman [Post]
  • The Obamas visit Politics & Prose for Small Biz Saturday. [Huffington Post]
  • The Walkmen play D.C. and call it quits (for now). [Stereogum]
  • Star Wars diehards rally in support of the Museum of Science Fiction. [Post]
  • What’s next for UCB‘s Tre? [Post]
  • Meet Shannon Harkins, one of very few African American ballerinas in the D.C. area. [Post]
  • Marvin Gaye‘s oldest son sues Robin Thicke. [Spin]

FOOD LINKS’ Jessica Sidman is on vacation. Links will return Tuesday. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)