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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Friday. Today in 1981, John Hinckley Jr. tried to kill President Ronald Reagan.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Mayor Vince Gray wants to impose “jock tax” on non-resident athletes. [Examiner] Breathalyzers in area bars. [WJLA] GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will win Tuesday’s primary easily. [WTOP] Charles Snelling, 81-year-old former airport authority head, killed himself and his Alzheimer’s-suffering wife yesterday. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Thursday, City Paper‘s Needle ticked up 3 points. The bad news: The Wizards would probably beat a college basketball team… probably. The good news: Commemorative tickets for the lottery! Take a look here.


Ward 8 Voters Told To Stay Away From Jacque Patterson: LL gets a tip about a flyer papering Ward 8 that lists reasons not to vote for challenger Jacque Patterson: “The 11 reasons include Patterson’s time at the working for the Federal City Council and his endorsement by The Washington Post, two organizations the flyer says are enemies of the ‘poor and disposed.’ Also, the flyer says that in general, Patterson is not a man of his word and ‘CANNOT BE TRUSTED BY ANYONE.'” So far the other candidates are denying any involvement.

Department Of Health Picks Six Pot Cultivation Centers: Lydia DePillis has the list.

Can You Match The Seasonal Pantry Dish With The Wu-Tang Song That Inspired It?: Contributor Sam Hiersteiner has the menu for the sold-out “Wu-Tang Dinner” and he wants to know if you can figure out which item description goes with which classic song.

What’s Wrong With Putting Red Light Cameras Everywhere: Commenters Strike Back: “I think problem here is that the law that is being broken is ridiculous in some instances. DC is overdue for an extensive study of its speed limits to come up with reasonable. I guarantee you that if even 75% of drivers on DC roads started strictly following posted speed limits tomorrow, traffic would get even more out of control than it is now.”

The Choral Arts Society’s Good Gamble: Contributor Mike Paarlberg takes note of the new director at the Choral Arts Society: “Scott Tucker. Who? Yeah, exactly. The guy who finally got the nod after a lengthy selection process is a relative unknown. He hasn’t been in the news much. What we know about him: He’s currently the director of choral music at Cornell University, where he runs the women’s chorus and glee club. He directed the latter at a well-received performance at the Kennedy Center in 2009. He plays the trumpet.  He looks sort of like Javier Bardem.”

D.C. Considers Closing Ford’s Theatre Block To Cars. DePillis: “You know what downtown D.C. doesn’t really have? A pedestrian mall. That could change, if a city proposal flies. Specifically, the District Department of Transportation is shopping a pilot project that would close the block of 10th Street NW between E and F Street to vehicular traffic. It’s a good spot to try, given that the street is already fairly narrow, and generally overrun with mobs of tourists around Ford’s Theater anyway.”



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

  • Department of Health approves six medical marijuana cultivation centers despite objections of locals. [Housing Complex]
  • Thompson-partner Ralph Bazilio, whose name also appears on the feds’ subpoenas, has had election-related trouble in Maryland. [Times]
  • Good chance a man is dead because a 911 dispatcher is apparently too dumb to Google “Clay Terrace.” [Homicide Watch]
  • Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham not so keen on longer bar hours. [Post]
  • Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown pushes back against the Post editorial board. [Post]
  • What will scandal fatigue mean at the polls? [NBC4]
  • Vince Gray wants more tax breaks for tech companies and their investors. [Post]
  • Gray also wants more money for charter schools. [Post]

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

  • The Duke has landed. [Post]
  • That’s a gigantic solar array. [DCMud]
  • Put your hands together for MARC! [Post]
  • Is the Mall sinking, or what? [WTOP]
  • Why it’s worth it to be a stadium food vendor. [WBJ]
  • Washington Circle gets more sidewalks. [GGW]
  • Welcome to the weed economy. [USAToday]
  • Graham “struggled to build his case” against longer alcohol service hours. [Post]
  • Cashing in on apartment sales. [WBJ]
  • Rhode Island Avenue gets a potential shot in the arm. [RIAInsider]
  • Gray wants more tax breaks for tech companies and their investors. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Two million in Brookland.

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

  • Andy Rooney‘s desk has been donated to the Newseum. Former City Paper staffer Andrew Beaujon notes that he can probably secure for the institution the Fuego/Frio whiteboard, an equally critical piece of journalistic history. [Style BlogTwitter]
  • It’s not the LACMA rock, but the Smithsonian as of today is home to a life-size replica of the prehistoric snake Titanoboa. [DCist]
  • David Dower chats withWashington Post critic Peter Marks about D.C. theater. [HowlRound]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry columnist Chris Shott (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • José Andrés is now serving food in a shoe. [Post]
  • Restaurateurs back the mayor’s plan for later liquor hours. [Washington Times]
  • Good Stuff Eatery is replacing Georgetown’s outgoing Crepe Amour [Eater via Burger Days]
  • The Chick-fil-A truck in D.C. is the idea of a lone franchisee. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
  • Fuel Pizza opens in Penn Quarter [PQ Living]
  • Adour has a new lunch menu. [We Love DC]
  • Mama Chuy is now serving brunch. [BYT]
  • What to expect at the revamped Jaleo. [Zagat]