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District leaders intend to use the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington to push for D.C. statehood in plans that Mayor Vincent Gray will detail at a press conference today.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- The D.C. Public Library is starting its search Wednesday for an architect to build a newer and bigger Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. [Washington Business Journal]
- The latest chapter in the battle between Uber and the D.C. Taxicab Commission is about seemingly-in-the-weeds regulations. [WAMU]
- Weirdo Do-Gooders’ are giving out free pie today on the streets of Chinatown. [DCist]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Dunbar Done: A time-lapse of the 20-months of construction it took to build the new Dunbar High School.
Blazing Drama: Did the District fire chief grab a firefighter’s phone without his permission because he suspected he took a picture of a firetruck that caught fire?
Keeping Tabs: Gmail’s new three-tab organizational system could hurt the D.C.-based LivingSocial, which relies on customers to see its emails to make money.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe denies grabbing a firefighter’s phone. [Post, LL]
- The aggrieved firefighter files a police report anyway, saying Ellerbe hurt his hand. [Post]
- Gray administration likes DDOT’s decision on the M Street NW bike lane. [WAMU]
- D.C. looks for an architect for Martin Luther King Jr. Library. [Post]
- Courtland Milloy writes about Ron Moten‘s new book: “What kind of street dude fights back with a book?” [Post]
- District unemployment rises. [WAMU]
- Pedestrian hit by a Metrobus on the Mall. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- City seeks architect to redesign MLK Library. [WBJ, WAMU]
- Will Jeff Bezos bring bike lanes to D.C., too? [Streetsblog]
- The opening of the old Dunbar High School wasn’t so smooth. [Ghosts of DC]
- Because Segways weren’t enough, electric bike tours come to D.C. [Post]
- Details on the 60-unit building coming to 14th and Wallach NW. [UrbanTurf, SALM]
- A map of property values in 1891, when eastern downtown was the hottest thing around. [Ghosts of DC]
- The latest renderings of the Congress Heights Metro development. [CHOTR]
- Old Masonic Home set to become condos. [WBJ]
- Today on the market: Two-level Columbia Heights condo
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- The alleged racial profiling that took place at the Majestic theater in Silver Spring may not have been unique or race-related. [DCist]
- The Smithsonian slashes a water feature from the planned National Museum of African American History and Culture. [Washington Business Journal]
- A plea to critics: Stop comparing Lee Daniels’ The Butler to Forrest Gump. [Atlantic]
- The next featured guest at the Hay-Adams author luncheon series? Christopher Buckley. [Post]
- Rorschach Theatre completes a successful Kickstarter campaign. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
- Galaxy Hut: not closing! [DCist]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Cheap eats [Washingtonian]
- Cheap drinks [BYT]
- Seven theaters you can drink in [Thrillist]
- FIve low alcohol cocktails worth trying [Drink DC]
- The former chef of The Pig pops-up at Three Little Pigs. [Eater]
- Custom Fuel vs. &pizza [Post]
- “Weirdo do-gooders” giving out free pie around town today. [DCist]