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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.


  • 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]


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? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.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? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.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? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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]