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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Wednesday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: D.C. Council votes down Mayor Vince Gray‘s windfall spending plan that would have paid back furloughed employees. [WAMU] U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is trying really hard to make Dulles Rail happen. [WTOP] Teacher with old-school style. [Post] On the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, you may see more Metro police around. [Post] Post circulation drop not as steep as it appears. [Poynter]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Tuesday, City Paper‘s Needle slipped one point. The bad news: War on cars? The good news: SUPERMOON. Take a look here.


D.C. Council Can’t Decide How to Spend Extra Cash: “Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry and At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange took Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to task for caring too much about mostly wealthy District residents instead of city employees. They were referring to the numerous residents, who tend to be well off, who are upset that the city has started taxing dividends paid on out-of-state municipal bonds. Evans tried unsuccessfully to tie a new sales tax on food trucks to an effort to abolish the muni bond tax. He also took great offense at Barry and Orange’s suggestion that he catered to the rich over hard workin’ city employees, saying he loves both children equally. (Not his actual words) In the end, Evans voted for the $22 million payout to city employees while Barry, for some reason as yet unknown to LL, did not.”

Top 10 Reasons To Allow Sunday Liquor Sales in D.C.: #6: “Sometimes D.C.’s Repeal Day falls on a Sunday (as it will in 2015) and how will you make D.C.’s state drink—the Rickey—then, huh?”

Hirshhorn Museum Staffs Up: “The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden just announced three new hires. Adam Budak, a curator from the Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria—an institution with a bubble even weirder than the Hirshhorn’s—will serve as the museum’s new curator of contemporary art. The museum also hired assistant curators Melissa Ho, an art historian from New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and Mika Yoshitake, a programmer with a good deal of West Coast institutional experience. You can find their resumes here. The hires are welcome—and long overdue.”

Georgia Avenue Church Vows to Fight Historic DesignationChurch vs. community!

“Coach Tommy” Fires Back at Feds: HTJ filed a rebuttal to the feds request that he get 46 months in prison, writing: “The government proceeds to turn a blind eye to the true significance of Mr. Thomas’ community service. Rather than crediting Mr. Thomas for guiding and mentoring numerous youth, including youth in underserved communities, the government suggests that Mr. Thomas is nothing more than a ‘sports enthusiast’ whose good works have been limited to ‘encouraging youth to participate in sports and organizing youth sporting events.’ … If Mr. Thomas were merely a ‘sports enthusiast’ and not a mentor, he would not be ‘Coach Tommy,’ the name by which so many people know him.”

Photos: Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion: “The attendees of Sweetgreen’s Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday were not daunted by the threat of rain. With a lineup that included Fitz and the Tantrums‘ blue-eyed soul, Explosions in the Sky‘s hypnotic post-rock, U.S. Royalty‘s cock-rock, Kid Cudi’s sensitive-dude hip-hop, and Avicii’s glittery EDM, there was a little something for everyone across the two stages.”


LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Council can’t decide where to spend extra cash. [Examiner]
  • Union boss Jos Williams is super pissed at Marion Barry, who spent all day yesterday talking about paying city workers $22 million back for their four furlough days, but then whiffed on the vote that would have done exactly that. [Post]
  • Number of double dipping unemployment-scamming city workers is more than previously thought, now nearly 300. [WAMU]
  • Jack Evans wants protestors to give “reasonable notice” before protesting. [Times]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Jim Graham‘s past troubles disqualify him from investigating the CYITC, plus it’s duplicative. [Examiner]
  • Jury awards nearly $3 million over negligent care of disabled man. [Post]
  • Barry will pay you up to $75,000 to be his spokesman. [DCist]
  • Tom Sherwood says Harry Thomas Jr. has devoted his life “to petty and major theft, self-dealing and a wanton disregard for the young people he talked about so glowingly as he picked their pockets.” [NBC4]

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex blogger Lydia DePillis (tips? housingcomplex@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • When trees obscure stop signs. [ParkViewDC]
  • Bludgeoning WAMU for a rookie mistake. [GGW]
  • Geekeasy finds a home in the MLK Library. [Post]
  • Homeownership, not doing so hot. [Urbanturf]
  • It’s National Historic Preservation Month! [RPUS]
  • Housing the homeless in hotels is just really inefficient. [DCFPI]
  • End of an era: Commander Salamander becomes a bank. [PoP]
  • Georgetown has a car-people complex. [GeorgetownMetropolitan]
  • Are there really that many people buying high-end cameras these days? [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Be the vice president’s neighbor.

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

  • Kathleen Turner coming to Arena Stage [Post]
  • Shakespeare Theatre director Michael Kahn talks failure and how he came to love the ol’ Bard [Washingtonian]
  • Local DJ Jerome Baker III remixes Dam-Funk [Soundcloud]
  • Scion A/V releases its own Moombahton comp [Nouveau Riche]
  • Steve Jobs patents to be displayed at the S. Dillon Ripley Center [Post]
  • WaPo‘s staff is reportedly suffering from low morale. Solution: Bring in a guy in a Hawaiian shirt! [Washingtonian]
  • Georgetown’s Commander Salamander becomes a bank. My 15-year-old self feels betrayed. [Prince of Petworth]

FOOD LINKS will resume shortly.