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Jeff Thompson, the man who allegedly funded the shadow campaign to elect Mayor Vince Gray, wants the Supreme Court to weigh in on part of his case.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- The Smithsonian Institution is facing a $65 million budget cut this year, which could lead to furloughs or museum closings. [WAMU]
- The public is invited to testify tonight in front of council members on legislation that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. [News4]
- Maryland Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler personally paid a $400 speeding ticket in D.C. issued to his state-owned vehicle 16 months ago, though he says he doesn’t actually know who was driving the vehicle at the time. [Post]
- A Metro station manager is accused of embezzling money by taking paper farecards and loading them on SmarTrip cards so he could then sell them. [WTOP]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
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D.C. Dudes: This D.C. punk trio, Dudes, really just doesn’t give a fuck.
Winter Weakness: Experts predict snow, but no Snowpocalypse this winter.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kenyan McDuffie drops measure from package of campaign finance reforms that would’ve eliminated Council approval of contracts. [Post]
- Jeff Thompson appeals to the Supreme Court. [LL, Post]
- You can’t live here. [Housing Complex]
- Natwar Gandhi‘s replacement answers questions ahead of his hearing today. [Post]
- Chuck Thies applies for post-health reform insurance. [NBC 4]
- Smithsonian could face furloughs. [WAMU]
- Keys stolen from Barry Farm. [NBC 4]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- No streetcar service this year. [WTOP]
- Don’t feel left out, Washington Monument: The Capitol will soon have scaffolding, too. [DCist]
- Latest details on Southwest’s Randall School project. [UrbanTurf]
- Sherman Circle robbery: Burglars hit several homes. [WJLA]
- Barry Farm robbery: Thief steals 100 keys. [WJLA]
- Elementary school robbery: Shirtless bandits steal equipment. [DCist]
- Angry neighbors get their way: Oyster-Adams digital sign removed. [WJLA]
- Today on the market: Capitol Hill rowhouse with basement rental
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Watch Uber Wars, a new, libertarian-approved short film about the battle over the car service in D.C. [YouTube via Post]
- The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents begins its search for the next Smithsonian CEO. [AP]
- Repairs to the Capitol Dome have begun. [AP]
- Winners of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards announced. [Art 202]
- Courtland Milloy endorses 12 Years a Slave. [Post]
- Homeland picked up for a fourth season. [Huffington Post]
- The 9:30 Club is up for a Billboard Touring Award. [WTOP]
- Listen: A Daytrotter session from Deathfix [Daytrotter]
- Woolly Mammoth’s forthcoming production of Appropriate gets a boost from some young actors. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Fat Shorty’s is closing in Clarendon. [Eater, Washingtonian]
- Nine millennials influencing the food scene. [Post]
- I Ricchi to add coffee and wine bar to appeal to a younger set. [WBJ]
- The most anticipated restaurants of fall/winter 2013 [In The Capital]
- Seasonal Pantry adds a “season pass” for $680. [Washingtonian]
- Ten food-friendly Halloween food event ideas [Eater]
- La Dulce Noche coming to Columbia Heights. [PoPville]