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Traffic is expected to be a nightmare today as the District closes roads for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter ,are all scheduled to speak today at the Lincoln Memorial.


  • Marketing officials announced a new District  tourism campaign for fiscal year 2014: “D.C. Cool.” [Washington Business Journal]
  • After a federal judge in New York ruled the city’s stop-and-frisk policy is racially biased,  D.C. police said it is making “two minor changes” to the department’s own policy. [WAMU]
  • Mayor Vince Gray met with President Barack Obama Tuesday for the first time in three years. [Washington Post]
  • The chair of the D.C. council’s transportation committee, Mary Cheh, said she would introduce legislation to legalize UberX when the council reconvenes in September. [WAMU]


A Chevy Chase Production: Chevy Chase residents faced off at last night’s ANC meeting against a planed 263-apartment building.

When Howie Met Sally: Media critic Howard Kurtz took some cheap shots in his latest column, and actually made us feel some sympathy for Sally Quinn.

Gas King: The District attorney general filed suit against Joe Mamo, who owns nearly half the city’s gas stations, alleging that his agreement with ExxonMobil unfairly eliminates competition from other gas wholesalers.

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray will get the living wage bill to sign or veto by Friday, according to Phil Mendelson. [Post]
  • Fire department ditches cross-training recommended after the death of reporter David Rosenbaum. [Times]
  • Fire chief says the department has “turned a corner.” [Post]
  • Police change stop-and-frisk rules. [WAMU]
  • Mary Cheh promises legislation to set aside taxi regs and make Uber’s UberX legal. [WAMU]
  • Taxi commission boss Ron Linton isn’t worried about the Post ed board: “How many people read the Post these days?” [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. police admit infiltrating anti-sweatshop group. [Post]
  • D.C. United stadium could be used in Olympics bid. [WBJ]
  • Gray gets his first meeting with Barack Obama in nearly three years. [Post]

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

  • Redemption for D.C.’s troubled fire department? [City Desk]
  • A cost-benefit analysis of Nationals Park [GGW]
  • Ward 3 ANCs request (modest) street improvements for bikers. [WashCycle]
  • D.C.’s the most expensive rental city in America. [GlobeSt]
  • Steven Chu sells his Chevy Chase home for $1.7 million. [WBJ]
  • The living wage bill will reach the mayor’s desk by Friday. [WJLA]
  • D.C. drivers are the worst. [WAMU]
  • How living alone came to be normal [Atlantic Cities]
  • A civil rights case for the living wage bill [Post]
  • Today on the market: Ranch house across the street from Maryland

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

  • Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough publishes an e-book about the importance and challenges of digitization. [Post]
  • Sonic Circuits Festival expands, and needs a lot of money to do it. [D.C. Music Download]
  • George W. Bush, painter, enters his cat period. [Gawker]
  • Phil Kennicott on the challenges facing orchestras [New Republic]
  • ICYMI: David Werner, a former member of political-satire group The Capitol Steps, was found dead in an Eastern Shore hotel room over the weekend. [Washingtonian]

Links from Young & Hungry columnist Jessica Sidman will return next week. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)