The Post reports Councilmember Mary Cheh wondering aloud if Peter Nickles is a puppet. The Post recounts this particularly awesome exchange between the two at a hearing yesterday: “At one point, Cheh said the office appeared to have been no more than ‘a puppet of the mayor.’ ‘I don’t think anyone’s a puppet,’ Nickles retorted. ‘I’m not a puppet. I believe after 45 years in the legal profession, I’m entitled not to be called a puppet.'”

The AP reports that Howard University’s soccer coach has been arrested. He allegedly tried to solicit a 13-year-old for sex.

DCist writes about DDOT removing shoes from Shaw trees. The blog also has a great photo to go with the story.