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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Monday. But let’s not dwell on that.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Arrest of youths for robberies up 17 percent over last year. [Examiner] Voters can give one-third of the members of the D.C. Council their walking papers tomorrow. [Times] White student leads black student union at Virginia high school. [Post] Rumored Mega Millions lottery winner—one of three—lives in Maryland. [WJLA]
YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Friday, City Paper‘s Needle ticked up 3 points. The bad news: The National Monument is sinking to the tune of $15 million. The good news: Georgetown University is training a puppy to stand in for Jack the Bulldog while he recovers from an injury. Take a look here.
SIX CITY PAPER STORIES FROM THE LAST 72 HOURS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Who In Ward 8 Is So Concerned?: LL wants to know which “Concerned Citizens of Ward 8” papered the ward with flyers attacking candidate Jacque Patterson. LL thinks they’re similar to pro-Vincent Orange flyers produced last year by “Concerned Ward 8 Residents.” He finds that, “There’s certainly no mention of any ‘Concerned Ward 8 Residents’ in records at Office of Campaign Finance. The Post noted that former Ward 8 Councilmember Sandy Allen, who was with Orange helping to pass out flyers, “took credit for helping to put together the advertisement,” but LL’s not sure that means she paid for it. Allen, who is Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry’s current campaign manager, didn’t immediately return LL’s calls.”
The Historification of Southwest Begins In Earnest: Lydia DePillis notes that residents of some Southwest condos have nominated their homes for historic status. “Why are they historic? The applications claim a lot of the same attributes, like being “an outstanding example of modernist architecture and urbanism.” Harbour Square, designed in the early 1960s by Cloethiel Woodard Smith and landscape architect Dan Kiley, has also been home to a handful of politicians and Supreme Court Justices.” Confidential to you, “outstanding example of modernist architecture” or not, we think they’re pretty ugly.
If Bars And Restaurants Can Stay Open Later, Why Not Food Trucks?: Chris Shott argues in favor of later hours for food trucks: “Right now, food trucks primarily do their business at lunch time. Even if the truckers wanted to cater to late-night crowds, current city rules make this difficult. Under the existing regs, food trucks may operate no later than 10 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends. With that system, there is little point to parking along a popular party corridor if you’re going to have to pack things up long before last call.”
Uber Knows Who You Did Last Night: Rent-a-cab company Uber is tracking anonymous user data to determine which cities have the most one-night stands. It’s creepy.
An Interview With Andrew D’Angelo: Contributor Michael J. West talks to the jazz bandleader, who tells West how having a brain tumor removed changed his process. “Having two brain surgeries helped me realize that there is a choice in life. A person can choose to live or die. Life is about choices and everything that we experience reflects those choices. That includes brain cancer or anything else. Since I knew on some level that I had chosen to invite brain cancer into my life, it meant I could choose for it to leave. My compositional process changed because I realized every note I pick is a choice.”
D.C.’s New Chinatown: Shanghai?: D.C. is setting up a business office in China, DePillis reports. “The yet-to-be-named center, which Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins set up on his swing through China a few weeks ago, is similar to ones maintained by Maryland and Pennsylvania. In fact, Hoskins recruited the same guy who runs them, Ning Shao—a former managing director at Weber Shandwick who worked for Hoskins in Maryland—to start the District’s own version in Shanghai.”
AERODYNAMIC PHOTO SLIDESHOW OF THE DAY: Blossom Kite Festival
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LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by Alan Suderman (tips? email@example.com)
- Was the day before the primary, and all through the District … [Post, Times, Examiner, WAMU]
- Talking heads say: throw them bums out. [Post, Post]
- At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange is endorsed by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham. [Post]
- VO went a little nuts on the Twitter over the weekend, repeatedly jabbing Councilmembers David Catania andTommy Wells over their endorsement of Sekou Biddle. [@vincentorangedc]
- And Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry got into it with the Federal City Council’s John Hill, also on the Twitter. [@MarionBarryJr, @jwhill1515]
- Mayor Vince Gray‘s spokesman a little off on the genesis of federal investigation into 2010 mayoral campaign: “The investigation is there because he’s the one who requested it.” Umm, no. [Examiner]
- VO’s bizarre campaign finance report. [DC Watch]
- The big plans for St. Elizabeths are in trouble. [Post]
- Jeff Thompson lobbyied hard against an audit that wound up costing him millions in a settlement. [Post]
- If you build it, they will eventually come? [Post]
- Are Metro cops dumb, corrupt? [Times]
- D.C. Council needs to get a grip on city’s finances. [Examiner]
REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex blogger Lydia DePillis (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- So, um, St. Elizabeths is in trouble. [Post]
- The goods and bads of privatizing your transportation. [Post]
- Rahm is up to some big things in Chicago. [TransportPolitic]
- D.C. office landlords didn’t start the year too well. [WBJ]
- How people get to D.C. [DCentric]
- The Weed Walmart won’t talk to you about growing pot. [DCist]
- Three cheers for woonerfs. [GGW]
- Is one city’s loss another’s gain? [TNR, NewGeography, AtlanticCities, Urbanophile]
- Geekeasy kicked upstairs in Manhattan Laundry. [PoP]
- Most interesting thing in this piece: Only 15 percent of Nats game-goers are from the District. [Post]
- Today on the market: Best price in Ledroit Park.
ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? email@example.com)
- Kwame Kwei-Armah, the new director of Baltimore’s Centerstage, was disturbed by the treatment of race in Bruce Norris‘ Pulitzer-winning gentrification drama Clybourne Park, which had two successful runs at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. (Arts Desk was disturbed, too.) The playwright is penning a response, Beneatha’s Place, which his company will mount next season along with a production of Clybourne Park. [Post]
- Inspired by discussion at Forum Theatre’s recent Female Voices symposium, local playwright Stephen Spotswood contemplates the writer’s role in changing how theater addresses the perspectives of women. [2AMt]
- Local rapper/promoter SmCity hosted one of his “Indie Life” showcases during South by Southwest in Austin last month, and brought along a bunch of DMV artists (and surprise guest Beanie Sigel). This is what it looked like. [D.C. Mumbo Sauce]
- D.C., Legend of Zelda-style. [We Love D.C.]
FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry columnist Chris Shott (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Tangysweet‘s Aaron Gordon is bringing “no bullshit breakfast” to 14th Street NW. [Dining Bisnow]
- “Cuzn Mike” Clements (ex-Red Bean) will be cooking at the expanded Solly’s. [Prince of Petworth]
- Things to expect at Frederik de Pue‘s Table in Shaw. [Washingtonian]
- Minibar is one of America’s sexiest restaurants. [Details]
- Take a bus to The Inn at Little Washington. [Urban Daddy]
- An op-ed in support of later alcohol hours. [Blade]
- Get amped about ramps. [Borderstan]
- Make your own Kölsch. [We Love DC]