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District Line Daily: Special Election Day

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The polls are open in Ward 4 and Ward 8, in two races that will continue a major overhaul of the D.C. Council.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. is sending 34 police officers to assist police in Baltimore. [@TomSherwood]
  • The Post editorial board seems to think Muriel Bowser's picks for Council won't feel indebted to her if they're elected. [Loose Lips]
  • The Silver Line to Dulles won't happen until at least 2019. [Housing Complex]
  • The co-working company WeWork is looking to expand to H Street NE. [WBJ]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

High-Brow, Low-Key: Little Salon brings high-quality art to informal settings, for free and without exclusive invitations.

Realty Check: This alley garage with no address can be yours for just $900,000!

Meal Ticket: This new Shaw restaurant will reward you for your parking ticket or moving violation.

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District Line Daily: Dorothy Fauntroy Waits

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

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Dorothy Fauntroy has been waiting more than three years for her husband, missing former D.C. Del. Walter Fauntroy, to come back to D.C. Friends believe Fauntroy is in Dubai.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • This restaurant in Shaw will reward you for getting a parking ticket. [Young & Hungry]
  • Metro could be worse. [Post]
  • Feds: Senate staffer confesses in alleged sex-for-drugs scheme. [City Desk]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Council Hopefuls: Ahead of tomorrow's special election, read up on the races in Ward 8 and Ward 4.

Sound Check, Please: Restaurants face challenges when they double as live music venues.

Folk Lite: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be smaller this year.

Read more District Line Daily: Dorothy Fauntroy Waits

Feds: Senate Staffer Confesses in Alleged Sex-for-Drugs Scheme

A U.S. Senate staffer allegedly dabbled in drug importation, according to law enforcement. Fred W. Pagan, a staffer for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) allegedly told law enforcement agents that he imported drugs from China in a plan to exchange them for sexual favors, according to new documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Yesterday, officers from Homeland Security and the Metropolitan Police Department raided Pagan's home on the 5700 block of Colorado Ave. NW. Inside, they allegedly found 181.5  grams of meth, which Pagan allegedly told officers he received on behalf of "his distributor."

Agents arrested Pagan yesterday, according to a statement of facts filed by a Homeland Security agent. Pagan works as Cochran's office manager.

Pagan first came on law enforcement's radar on April 9, when customs agents found a Chinese package addressed to him in Ohio that held more than a kilo of GBL, a controlled drug akin to "date rape drug" GHB. After the search, Pagan allegedly told investigators that he had received three other GBL packages. According to the court filing, Pagan said that he handed out the GBL and meth "in exchange for sexual favors."
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District Line Daily: Big Victory for Low-Income Tenants

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A judge rejected an ultimatum from the owner of Museum Square Apartments that low-income tenants come up with $250 million to buy the building or face eviction. The fight over the building sparked not just a court battle but legislation by the D.C. Council.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. judge recognizes homeless defendant as Harvard Law classmate. [Housing Complex]
  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will look a lot different this year. [Arts Desk]
  • WMATA takes further safety steps in the aftermath of the deadly smoke incident earlier this year. [WAMU]
  • Shoe shine man Fuzz W.S. Fuzzy mourned. [Hill Now]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Up in the Heir: Ward 8 picks Marion Barry's successor.

Sound Check, Please: Restaurants double as music venues.

Withering Heights: The city's commitment to mixed-income housing runs aground in Lincoln Heights.

Read more District Line Daily: Big Victory for Low-Income Tenants

Near Northeast Resident Finds Package Full of Bees on Her Doorstep

BEEEEEEEEEEESSSSArriving home to find a package on your doorstep is usually met with a joyful exclamation like, "Oh good! My Amazon order of gel pens wasn't stolen!" But a resident of Near Northeast likely sounded like Nic Cage last week when she found a package containing around 1,000 live bees on her doorstep. She hadn't ordered any bees.

"We normally don't handle bees," says Ray Noll, director of Animal Control Field Services for the Washington Humane Society. But the resident who mistakenly received the shipment "was freaked out" and threatening to call the mayor's office, according to Noll, so he headed over to 11th Street NE last Friday. There he found a plastic mail bin containing a wood-and-screen box filled with bees. Noll attempted to calm the woman, he says, but as she rightly pointed out, "You're not the one with the bees on your porch!"

Noll called the number on the package (a requirement for livestock orders) and discovered that the bees were destined for Southeast D.C., not Northeast. He delivered the bees to their rightful keeper.

This is the first time Noll has been dispatched to the scene of a mistaken bee delivery, but he has been contacted by employees at post offices who've received (illegal) shipments of chicks.

New regulations on beekeeping in D.C. were instituted as part of the Sustainable DC Act of 2012. Beekeepers are required to register with the District Department of the Environment. Apiarists can only have a certain number of hives and need a permit to move bees into D.C., as the DC Beekeepers Alliance helpfully points out on its site.

Photo courtesy of Washington Humane Society

Buy D.C.: Etsy

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This Week’s Page Three Photo

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1600 Block of Park Road NW, April 17

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Chatter: Park It

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The story from last week’s issue that generated the most online chatter was not City Paper’s fantastic package on Filmfest DC. Nor was it the column on go-go in the digital age or the piece on investing in a restaurant “pop-up megaplex.” No, what readers really wanted to discuss was Aaron Wiener’s column on a parking lot in Spring Valley that some neighbors want designated a historic landmark.

The war on cars never fails to attract an audience. There were jokes to be had, as Dan Berman of National Journal showed on Twitter: “Someone wants to declare random suburban parking lot as historic. Would only old cars then be allowed use it?” Jamelle Bouie of Slate tweeted, “We could build more retail and bring more tax revenue into the city, or we can declare a parking lot ‘historical!’” while the Atlantic’s Yoni Appelbaum wrote, “Historic preservation laws were intended to stop landmarks from being turned into parking lots. The irony; it burns.”

Kenya Downs, who reports on race for NPR, had a grimmer reaction: “When you don’t want outsiders moving into your community, declare a parking lot as a historical landmark.” @URFloorMatt just wanted to know, “Seriously, why does being a homeowner in a major urban market turn you into a goddamn despicable piece of shit?” The active conversation in the comments section included ten (!) uses of the term “NIMBY,” including in Jeff’s comment: “I really don’t understand NIMBYs or what motivates them. It seems at time to be pure selfishness, since they are obviously motivated only by what what is good for extremely narrowly defined communities. However, that doesn’t really describe it since these are people that are active in the community and do appear to at least care on some level what happens to the people around them. I just don’t get why this is where they choose to spend their resources. Go tutor a poor kid or help put handicapped accessible things on a veterans center or ....anything.”

NOT NIMBY, who lives in the area, stepped in to provide a different neighborhood perspective: “Most of you are woefully wrong. Those of us in the neighborhood who like walking and have younger families want this to happen in the worst way. The problem is that the ANC is full old-school croney-ism and a lack of thinking. They sit there and complain about a perceived parking issue when all they want is no change and to protect their ‘free’ subsidized DC street parking.” Lance added a comment to defend the parking lot’s honor: “It’s not that the parking lot in and of itself is historic, it’s that this mid-century building complex, as a whole, was built around having convenient parking. As such, the parking lot is an integral part of a historical complex, and is no more separable from that complex than gables and turrets are from a Victoriah mansion.” Sorry, Lance, but a new staff report from the Historic Preservation Review Board indicates that the April 30th vote will go against your position.

Finally, we must apologize: The word “an” was used in front of the word “historic” in the column’s headline when we should have used “a” like good Americans. It was an historic mistake, and we promise it will never happen again.

District Line Daily: Up in the Heir

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

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This week's cover story: As Ward 8 picks Marion Barry's successor, the late mayor-for-life still dominates the ward's politics. Meanwhile, Barry's son, who's running to succeed him, opens up about his own struggles and his father's.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • In the Ward 4 race, Brandon Todd is coasting (with an assist from some surreptitious Googling). [Loose Lips]
  • Sound check, please: Robert Wiedmaier is the latest restaurateur to take on live music. [Young & Hungry]
  • D.C.'s commitment to mixed-income development has run aground at Lincoln Heights. [Housing Complex]
  • The Washington Monument stinks. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Gear Prudence: I bought my girlfriend an expensive bike she won't ride!

Cinema Vérité: Homeless filmmakers tell their own stories in this documentary series.

Fermentation: Capital Kombucha is ready for a big expansion.

Read more District Line Daily: Up in the Heir

Gear Prudence: How Can I Convince My Girlfriend to Ride the Bike I Bought Her?

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Gear Prudence: I bought my girlfriend a brand new bike for her birthday (one that she picked out and was quite expensive), and she seemed really excited about it at the time. Now that the weather is nicer, I’m really stoked to go on rides with her—except for the past few times I brought this up, she didn’t really seem that into the idea. I asked her why not, and she hasn’t really given me any specific reasons. How do I convince her to ride her new bike with me? —Please Explain Reasonable Strategies Using Ample Different Examples

Dear PERSUADE: Let’s say you finally convince her. Will it go something like this?

At mile 3: “Hey honey, how’s that bike I bought you riding? Pretty great, right?”
At mile 10: “Wasn’t it a great decision for me to buy you this bike?”
At mile 21: “You sure look fast on that expensive bike that I bought you for your birthday.”
At mile 27: “What do you mean ‘ride with other people?’ I bought you this bike!”

Bicycling with your partner can be a great experience, but your compatibility off the bike is no guarantee of your compatibility on it. Maybe you ride at different paces or maybe have different expectations of what makes for a reasonable weekend jaunt. Or perhaps, as suggested above, she’s preemptively fatigued by your quid pro quo gifting strategy, wherein your primary motivation for the birthday present was your fulfillment, not hers. 

That’s why you’re going to need to trick her. Ride out to a place on the C&O Canal towpath that’s inaccessible by car. Send a text indicating that you’re grievously injured, and she needs to get to you as soon as possible and that she’ll need to ride her bike to get there. When she arrives, surprise her by explaining that it was all an elaborate ruse and that you’re perfectly hale. Then you’ll get to ride home together! The icy silence will make the ride seem that much longer. You should really savor it too, since it’s likely the last time that you’ll be cycling (or doing anything else) in each other’s company. 

Conversely, you could not rely on subterfuge (it’s a terrible idea). Instead, the next time she suggests a couples activity, politely inquire if she’d be interested in arriving there via bicycle. Rather than putting biking together as the forefront purpose of your activity, it’ll serve as ancillary one. If she agrees, use the trip to demonstrate how courteous and charming you are as a riding partner. That might invite repeat excursions and soon you’ll be pedaling everywhere together. 

Ultimately though, it’s possible that you and your girlfriend will never become bicycling buddies. This is OK! You don’t need to make it a bigger deal than it is. —GP

Gear Prudence is Brian McEntee, who blogs at talesfromthesharrows.blogspot.com and tweets at @sharrowsdc. Got a question about bicycling? Email gearprudence@washcp.com.

District Line Daily: Birth Control Bill

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

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The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would let women in D.C. get a year's worth of birth control at a time.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Preservation authorities: This parking lot is not historic. [Housing Complex]
  • Jim Vance is stepping down from NBC4's 11 p.m. newscast. [Post]
  • Charter school gets mixed up in Ward 8 campaign trash talk. [Loose Lips]
  • Despite speed camera, residents say Maryland Avenue NE remains dangerous. [WAMU]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Listen: If you missed our Ward 8 debate, here's the audio.

Spiritual Adviser: D.C. bartender Derek Brown is advising the National Archives on its booze exhibit.

Protest Music: GW students speak out against music program budget cuts.

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District Line Daily: The Latest in BBQ Sauce Dispensing

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

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Barbecue sauce from a beer tap is now a thing. Smoke & Barrel says they're doing it partly for cleanliness, partly for the cool factor.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Yvette Alexander has a challenger in Ward 7. [Loose Lips]
  • Congressional Republicans want to undo two D.C. anti-discrimination measures. [WAMU]
  • "Bustin' Loose" no longer plays after every Nats home run. [Washingtonian]
  • Metro to expand car sharing to new stations. [WTOP]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Sing With Your Mouth Full: Record a vinyl record and eat a sandwich at this new Adams Morgan cafe.

Listen In: In anticipation of this year's In It Together Fest, check out this mixtape of live cuts recorded at DIY shows.

Survive and Advance: This year's Filmfest DC almost didn't happen, but it's shaping up to be one of the best.

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District Line Daily: Uber’s Surge

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

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How the D.C. area became one of the country's most welcoming regions to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Howard University Hospital doctors are pushing to begin labor negotiations. [WBJ]
  • Hundreds of homes and businesses are without power in D.C. [Post]
  • The White House was struck by another fence-jumper. [ABC7]
  • D.C. Fire and EMS is bringing back an entrance exam for new recruits. [WAMU]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Cinema Roll: Filmfest DC continues today. Read our guide.

Go-Going the Distance: How go-go is finding its place in the digital age.

It Pours: A NoMa underpass will become a never-ending rainstorm.

Read more District Line Daily: Uber’s Surge

This Week’s Page Three Photo

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3400 Block of 7th Street NE, March 30

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District Line Daily: Magic Jim

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

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Former Councilmember Jim Graham is now organizing strip shows at the Georgia Avenue NW club, the House. "In addition to being edgy and erotic, it'd be nice to have something that has real merit to it in terms of dance," Graham told Loose Lips. The ex-Ward 1 rep hopes to convince the male dancers to wear one of his signature bow ties.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Two juveniles shot, wounded in Benning Ridge. [NBC4]
  • Full cellphone coverage in Metrorail stations and tunnels still three to four years away. [WAMU]
  • Class-action lawsuit claims fines and fees from Interstate 495 toll lanes are “unfair, illegal, and unconscionable." [Post]
  • Former Mayor Vince Gray endorsed Ward 4 candidate Dwayne Toliver. [LL]
  • Kesha is playing the Black Cat Tuesday, and the $25 tickets are already being re-sold online for much more. [ArtsDesk, Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Cinema Roll: Our guide to this year's Filmfest DC.

A Lot to Lose: Can a parking lot be an historic landmark?

Caffeine Dream: All-in-one coffee shop, bar, and ping pong hangout coming to Park View.

Debate Date: The Loose Lips Ward 8 debate is this Monday at Uniontown.

Read more District Line Daily: Magic Jim

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