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The D.C. Taxi Commission approved new regulations Monday that would prohibit some fuel-efficient vehicles, like the Toyota Prius, from being categorized as sedans—-a big blow for Uber’s latest spinoff, UberX, which is banking on its cars to operate under the law as sedans.


  • Cycling advocates are pushing back on the Department of Transportation’s decision to turn a block of the proposed M Street protected cycle track into a regular bike lane for less than one block so a church can maintain its parking spaces. [WAMU]
  • The Pigskins beat the Steelers last night, but another quarterback was injured in the process. [AP]
  • The owner of Maryland’s ZZ Pizza posted an angry video online claiming that WUSA9—-which ran a report highlighting the restaurant’s health code violations—-planted a cockroach to make the restaurant look bad. [WUSA9]
  • Baby boomers make up 26 percent of the Washington-area population, but account for 47 percent of the region’s homeowners. [Post]


Legacy Clemency: Mayor Vince Gray could still face charges over his 2010 mayoral shadow campaign, but no matter, the redesigned Dunbar High School features the Vincent C. Gray Ninth Grade Leadership Academy

Bus App-titude: BusTrackDC is now available for Android phones.

In The Playhouse: The Anacostia Playhouse opens for business with Broke-ology.

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

  • Less than half of D.C. public school students in closed schools re-enrolled. [WAMU]
  • Chartered, Jeff Thompson‘s former company, settles a potentially $30 million bill for $8.4 million. [WBJ]
  • Beer lot plan backed by the mayor’s son earns harsh words from police chief Cathy Lanier. [Post]
  • Public school teacher salaries lead charter school equivalent. [Post]
  • Ribbon cut on new Dunbar High School. [Housing Complex]
  • Cab commission, Uber spar over Prii. [NBC 4]
  • “The creeper” spooks 15th Street. [WTOP]
  • Metro passenger spits on bus driver, gets away. [Post]

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

  • Students from closed schools aren’t re-enrolling at DCPS. [WAMU]
  • Lots more debate over the M Street cycletrack. [DDOT, GGW, WABA]
  • The pros and cons of rapid rehousing. [Post]
  • D.C.’s streetcar network in 1880. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Baby boomers could scramble the D.C. housing market. [Post]
  • Bikeshare closes the cycling gender gap. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Probably the most in-depth story of all time on a tiny pocket park. [Hill Rag]
  • Today on the market: Wesley Heights with a view

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

  • RIP Ellsworth J. Davis, the first black photographer to work for the Washington Post. [Post]
  • Kathleen Hanna talks to Stereogum about Julie Ruin, riot grrrl, and her recent life-changing illness. [Stereogum]
  • Pleasure Curses drops a new music video. [The Deli Magazine]
  • Clinton Yates searches for Terio, the 6-year-old Internet celebrity/dancer, at Trillectro. [Vice]

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

  • Restaurants mark up lobster despite surplus. [New Yorker]
  • Food events to check out this week [Washingtonian]
  • CakeLove coming to Reagan National Airport. [PoPville]
  • Highlights from Bluejacket‘s preview party [Eater]
  • Amsterdam Falafel coming to 14th Street NW. [WBJ]
  • Where to get the most out of Restaurant Week [DCist]
  • Cookies, cakes, and pies—oh my! [BYT]