A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority found a money tree? It seems like it. Although the organization has been criticized for wasteful spending, MWAA execs landed big raises this year.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- D.C. Council blocks hire of 100 more cops. [Examiner]
- Even though gay marriage is legal in Maryland, gay couples there won’t file joint tax returns. [WTOP]
- Council moves campaign finance to 2013. [Times]
- Marion Barry‘s ex-offender bill goes down. [WJLA]
- Alleged Fairfax County butt slasher extradited back to U.S. from Peru. [Post]
- Energy-drink pushers are after our youth. [Post]
- Soon-to-be-ex at-large Councilmember Michael Brown heads to Newschannel 8 at 10 a.m. to announce future plans. Like running again? [Twitter]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Today’s Sky.
Campaign Finance Deform: It’s always been hard to track corporate campaign contributions in D.C. politics, but now, thanks to the D.C. Council, it’s even harder.
Karaoke on Two Wheels: A D.C. karaoke league wants to take its amateur singing mobile with a bike-mounted karaoke machine.
Fly Away Hume: D.C. prog-poppers Hume are calling it quits.
Pop: The District’s best homebrewer is taking on a new challenge: draft-only soda.
Food Deserted: Can a grocery store survive in Anacostia? Maybe if it’s across from the Anacostia Metro Station, according to an in-depth new map.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com)
- Michael Brown to announce he’s running, er, whether he’s running in special election on Newstalk today at 10 a.m. [Twitter]
- Campaign finance reforms put off until next year, maybe. [Times]
- Harry Jaffe: Vince Gray is cop-friendly mayor. [Examiner]
- Council rejects mayor’s plan for more cops. [Examiner]
- Marion Barry’s ex-offender bill dies, Barry says his white colleagues support discrimination. [WBJ, WJLA]
- Howard Town Center gets an $11 million tax break neither the mayor nor CFO say is needed. [Post]
- Child and Family Services is close to being out from under federal oversight. [WAMU]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Pinch your pennies: Water bills going up by 30 cents to pay for flood relief fund. [WJLA]
- The maker of the Bushmaster rifle doesn’t like suburban sprawl. [TNR]
- And the New Republic is moving to new digs on 9th Street NW. [WBJ]
- Residents of 25 cities can now check out their Bike Scores. [Walk Score]
- CityCenter gets its skywalks. [DC Metrocentric]
- It’s not just smart growth that relies on the government. [GGW]
- D.C.’s chief librarian wins the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. [AIA]
- Chinatown regulars are practiced Barnes Dancers. Here’s the dance’s history. [Atlantic Cities]
- Today on the market: A cozy home just a block from the freeway!
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Critic Todd Kliman‘s most memorable meals of 2012 [Washingtonian]
- The 10 best new restaurants of 2012 [The Plate]
- The D.C. area’s 13 hottest restaurants of 2012 [Zagat]
- Iron Gate Inn opening delayed until spring. [Eater]
Pizzeria Paradiso gets in on the Mayan apocalypse action [DC Beer]
Peregrine serving Geisha coffee for $7.50 [Post]
Charges filed against Canadian maple syrup thieves [NPR]