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The D.C. Council votes today on its large retailer living wage bill—-and if it passes and is signed into law, Walmart says it will kill three of its six planned stores in the District. And that could have a larger impact on one of Mayor Vince Gray‘s largest economic development ambitions.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh was arrested in Herndon last night after filming a video in which he loads a weapon in D.C.’s Freedom Plaza. [WTOP]
- D.C. police say they checked the car that 7-year-old Michael Kingsbury was found dead in four times before his body was found. [Post, City Desk]
- D.C. Council will consider a bill today that would give people living in the United States illegally the chance to obtain a driver’s license. They’ll also vote on a new smoking-restrictions bill. [WJLA, Post]
- A man in a wheelchair who fell onto the tracks at Metro Center was saved by bystanders. [NBC4]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Too Chic: Introducing what just might be “D.C.’s douchiest restaurant website.”
Broth Ire: Troubled noodle joint Taan in Adams Morgan is getting a makeover in the form of more Vietnamese dishes and, presumably, less internal strife.
London Calling: Local pop-rap trio RDGLDGRN went to London to hang out with football hooligans.
Photo of the Day: “Man in Red,” here.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Walmart says it’ll back out of three D.C. stores if large retailer bill passes—or is it bluffing? [Housing Complex, WAMU, WBJ, WBJ, NBC 4]
- Mammoth day at the D.C. Council, with votes on smoking bans and licenses for undocumented immigrants. [Post]
- Irv Nathan and DC Appleseed argue about attorney general’s future. [WAMU, WAMU]
- Vincent Orange wants the Council to be able to boot the mayor or attorney general over ethics. [Post]
- D.C. schools plan to introduce “twilight academies” for students who fail ninth grade. [Post]
- Deliberately breaking D.C. gun laws leads to negative consequences. [NBC 4]
- Jeffrey Thompson‘s Chartered lost money, members. [WBJ]
- Marion Barry weighs in on Elliot Spitzer. [Detroit Free Press]
- Georgetown students think their ANC reps are too nice to neighbors. [Hoya]
- DMV shortage means months-long wait for driving test. [NBC 4]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If Walmart pulls out, Skyland Town Center is dead. [WBJ]
- I.M. Pei buildings are historic landmarks; development thrown into question. [UrbanTurf]
- Old church gets new life as an arts space. [WJLA]
- The revenue and service benefits of transit-oriented development. [PlanItMetro]
- In defense of Tommy Wells‘ reasoning on parking. [GGW]
- Coast Guard headquarters at St. Elizabeths could get a new name. [WBJ]
- A sampling of D.C. rents in 1914 [Ghosts of DC]
- We’re measuring school success wrong. Here are the real best schools in town. [GGW]
- A century ago on the market: Columbia Heights rowhouse for $425. [Ghosts of DC]
- Today on the market: Dupont condo (weirdly angled rugs not included)
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- Rest in peace, Norm Parish. [Lenny Campello]
- Smithsonian raises $170,00 for its forthcoming yoga exhibit. [Washington Business Journal]
- Ibiza nightclub files for bankruptcy protection. [Eater]
- Politics & Prose plans a D.C. cartoons exhibit. [ComicsDC]
- Who will get Arlington County’s art grants? [ARLnow]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Does mumbo sauce at trendy restaurants equal swaggerjacking? [Post]
- Minibar hosts open house in honor of its 10-year anniversary. [Washingtonian]
- Early look at Attman’s Delicatessen in Potomac [DMV Dining]
- Where to celebrate Bastille Day [Drink DC]
- Bryan Voltaggio launches hot dog car in front of his Frederick, Md. restaurant Family Meal. [Eater]
- Parking enforcement finds another reason to ticket food trucks. [Food Truck Fiesta]
- Eight must-try burgers around D.C. [Zagat]