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Councilman Kenyan McDuffie says he will introduce legislation that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco in the District from 18 to 21. The New York City Council approved the same change last week.


  • A D.C. government education agency paid a Chicago consulting firm nearly $90,000 for one day’s work at a city education conference. The money paid for a half-hour keynote speech, three 45-minute parent workshops, and hundreds of copies of parenting books. [Post]
  • It’s election day in Virginia. And your esteemed choices for governor: Terry McAuliffe or Ken Cuccinelli. [WAMU]
  • Paul Zukerberg announced that he’d file his candidacy papers for the 2014 attorney general’s race. At the same time, he is also suing the D.C. government to stop a bill that would move the election to 2018. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C. Taxicab Commission Chair Ron Linton says the reported troubles with credit card readers are not as bad as they seem, and the “vast majority” of the Payment Service Providers are meeting performance standards. [Post]


Futuristic Plans: A group hoping to open a Museum of Science Fiction in the District launched a crowdfunding campaign to back the first phase of the project—-a storefront preview museum slated to open late next year.

Silly Scribe: The newly named editor of FishbowlDC is local comedian Patrick Tutwiler.

TaKo Home: TaKorean is expanding its food truck and Union Market business and will open a storefront in Navy Yard next summer.

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

  • What was Harry Thomas Jr. doing back in D.C.? [Times]
  • OSSE pays almost $90K to consulting firm for a day of work. [Post]
  • Cabbies want to meet with Mayor Vince Gray over modernization law. [WAMU]
  • New documents allege WUSA9 anchor J.C. Hayward was paid by contractor in charter school scheme. [Post]
  • Paul Zukerberg, suing over the attorney general election, is now running in it. [LLTimes, WAMU]
  • Chuck Thies: Can you imagine a judge canceling an election? [NBC 4]
  • Kenyan McDuffie wants to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21. [WAMU]
  • McDuffie talks on NewsTalk. [News Channel 8]
  • Dan Snyder asks Pigskins fan to lobby D.C. Council over name resolution. [WashingtonianPost] Harry Jaffe profiles planning boss Harriet Tregoning. [Washingtonian]
  • Tregoning opponents throw a dance party. [Housing Complex]
  • LGBT group moves into Reeves Center, probably not for long. [Blade]
  • Phil Mendelson: Bill Clinton was better for the District than Barack Obama. [YouTube]
  • NBC 4 reporter catches consumers getting duped on paper towels. [NBC 4]
  • Happy trails, Don Graham. [Romenesko]


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

  • Five Metro-adjacent sites opened to development. [Post]
  • Metro pitches dedicated bus lanes on 16th Street NW. [PlanItMetro]
  • Weird 14th Street NW arcade will be enclosed. [WBJ]
  • Another attack on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. [DCist]
  • A look back at D.C.’s first mixed-income development. [Post]
  • GSA cancels Webster School solicitation. [WBJ]
  • Double-arrowed parking sign confuses Mount Pleasanters. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Columbia Heights 1BR

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

  • Maryland-based blues guitarist Bobby Parker died last week at age 76. [Arts Desk]
  • Watch this web-only video of Dismemberment Plan playing “Invisible” on Jimmy Fallon. [Jimmy Fallon]
  • A museum of science fiction may come to D.C. [Housing Complex]
  • Read an excerpt from Dan Morse‘s The Yoga Store Murder, the Washington Post reporter’s book about the 2011 slaying of a Lululemon employee in Bethesda. [Post]
  • The District bids farewell to outgoing library chief Ginnie Cooper. [Post]
  • The new editor of FishbowlDC has a background in comedy, and apparently, prostitution and drug dealing. [City Desk]
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to show at the White House. [AP]
  • 12 Years a Slave bears a connection to a slave pen in Alexandria. [AP]
  • The World War II memorial now has an app. [AP]
  • Not many tapes from the old 9:30 Club are known to exist. So… do you have any? [Arts Desk]

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

  • Overrated and underrated D.C. dining trends [Zagat]
  • Al Crostini on U Street NW closes. [PoPville]
  • Glow in the dark ice cream can be yours for $225. [HuffPost]
  • Chef Tim Ma on Water & Wall‘s hectic opening weekend [Eater]
  • Markham’s Bar & Grill opens in Bethesda. [Post]
  • Food porn or art? A look at Modern Cuisine‘s photography [NPR]
  • Get  fancy Blue Bottle Coffee at Bean & Bite is $1 this week. [DCist]
  • In the kitchen with BakeHouse [BYT]