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Florida Rep. Trey Radel was charged with cocaine possession Tuesday after being busted in D.C. on Oct. 29 as part of a federal investigation into a D.C. drug ring.


  • One of the owner of Bloomingdale’s Boundary Stone restaurant and bar tweeted from the establishment’s Twitter account his opposition to legislation that would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, and the blowback was immediate. [Post].
  • The National Capital Planning Commission voted to send watered-down recommendations of alterations to the Height Act to Congress, stripping its original proposal of its only significant alteration to the 1910 law. [Housing Complex]
  • Police are still trying to piece together what led Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds‘ son to allegedly stab his father and then fatally shoot himself. Deeds is currently in fair condition in a hospital. [AP]
  • Labor groups are trying to launch a referendum that would raise the D.C. minimum wage to $12.50 an hour. [WAMU]


Mayor-for-Life: The only councilmember who supports greater D.C. autonomy over its skyline? Marion Barry!

Public Service Announcement: If you’re going to try the new Osteria Morini restaurant in Navy Yard, make sure you don’t rely on Google Maps. You’ll end up the wrong place. 

In Your Face: NSA leaker Edward Snowden‘s face may soon be plastered all over D.C. buses.

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

  • Marion Barry comes out for Height Act changes. [Housing Complex]
  • But they go down anyway. [PostHousing Complex]
  • Labor coalition wants minimum wage ballot referendum. [WAMU, Times]
  • Vince Gray performs a gay wedding. [BladePost]
  • Post ed board takes up voucher problems. [Post]
  • Twitter fight breaks out after Boundary Stone opposes increase in tipped minimum wage. [Post]
  • Younger slate wins Gertrude Stein election. [Blade]
  • Brooklanders spar over bar. [Post]
  • New District Walmarts will open Dec. 4. [Post]
  • Brookland Middle School opening delayed a year. [Post]

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

  • Despite being outside GSA’s boundary, Loudoun isn’t giving up on FBI. [WBJ]
  • Bike commuting in D.C. is up 445 percent since 1990. [Streetsblog]
  • More cities are using eminent domain to help underwater homeowners. [NYT]
  • Trinidad set to get a 49-unit mixed-use building. [UrbanTurf]
  • Why is Kaya Henderson talking about outsourcing middle school to charters? [GGE]
  • Is there an inverse relationship between diversity and community? [Atlantic Cities]
  • DDOT’s trying to train parkers not to get hit by the streetcar. [Hill Rag]
  • High-end downtown office building could be in for some trouble. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Compact Woodley Park 1BR—$325,000

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypape

  • That new public art project at The Yards begins today. [East City Art]
  • A former Army reporter donates a collection of Nuremberg transcripts to the Holocaust Museum. [AP]
  • D.C.’s GEMS crops up on this new All Songs Considered mix. [NPR]
  • Animal Collective will DJ U Street Music Hall on Nov. 29. [Post]
  • Reintroducing: the tap-dancing Manzari brothers [Arena Stage]
  • Arcade Fire tickets go on sale Friday. [Post]
  • Fairfax County Libraries want to stop tossing away books, reducing staff. [Post]

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

  • Revisiting 15 restaurants that have stood the test of time [Washingtonian]
  • Boundary Stone tweet tips off ruckus over restaurant minimum wage bill. [Post]
  • Maddy’s Tap Room looking to add more locations. [Eater]
  • Q&A with Patowmack Farm chef Tarver King [Zagat]
  • Advice for your Friendsgiving party [BYT]
  • School lunch goes gourmet. [WSJ]
  • Le Diplomate preparing for winter with an enclosed patio. [PoPville]