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District Line Daily: Don’t Put Your Weed In There, Mike Daisey At Georgetown

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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Wednesday. 32 years ago today, a lonely nation wondered: "Who shot J.R.?"

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Ward 4 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced legislation to limit money orders in campaign donations. [Examiner] National Airport to begin "PreCheck," a pre-screening program designed to speed up the check-in process. [Post] Architect Frank Gehry is open to changing to Dwight Eisenhower memorial after getting many tongue-lashings over it. [WJLA] Crime slows after the uptick earlier this year. [Times] Shadow Senator candidate Pete Ross is spending $202,000 to win a position without pay. [Post] Activists protest the recent spate of LGBT violence with a silent march. [WJLA]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Tuesday, City Paper's Needle dropped two points. The bad news: You may soon be adding bikes to your list of Metro rush hour annoyances. The good news: Yesterday was Mister Rogers' birthday. Take a look here.

SIX CITY PAPER STORIES FROM THE LAST 24 HOURS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

You Don't Put Your Weed In There: Ashley Dejean writes about yesterday's emergency regs passed by the D.C. Council to restrict medical marijuana even further. 9 councilmembers don't want cultivation centers anywhere that retail could grow: "Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander initially pushed for it out of concern over the possibility that pot farms might crop up in her ward and stymie economic development, but she says the legislation could affect other areas of the city as well." Worth noting: there's no actual evidence of this.

Capital Bikeshare Rolls Out Homeless Pilot: 10 homeless people who have a 90 percent participation rate in the bootstrappy-sounding "Back On My Feet" program will receive Bikeshare memberships. Lydia DePillis wants to see it further expanded: "Call me red, but I'd love to see a graduated pricing scheme for all levels of income. If you're on TANF, or receive food stamps, or live in section 8 housing, a Bikeshare membership is another great way to save money and time, but $75 is a big up-front cost. Just as Bikeshare stations are now a community benefit in development projects, perhaps they could also be a form of entitlement."

Mike Daisey Apologizes! Again. Kind of. Consciously or Unconsciously: Contributor Chris Klimek follows up with the This American Life contributor and fabulist after a night at Georgetown University. Klimek writes: "I don’t know if the evening changed anyone’s mind about anything. It seemed to reinforce what I already believed about Daisey: He’s a master talker. Even in a mostly extemporaneous speech (he had a notepad in front of him, but he didn’t look down at it much), he knows instinctively which syllable of which word to land on, where to permit a dramatic silence, when to let his voice thicken with humility or fury. He’s as good an actor as he is a writer. For many people, that’s as good as saying he’s full of shit."

Can Scott Drewno Repeat As D.C.’s Pork King?: There is such a thing as the D.C. Pork Olympics.

NYT Changes Digital Access: What Will You Do? Shani Hilton goes over your options, now that the New York Times has sliced the number of free articles you can access in half. It's starting to look like going with home delivery is the best answer.

Protip: If You Want A Building To Move Faster, Check Tax Records. DePillis finds that a local developer isn't paying the correct taxes, DCRA to send him a bill.

CONFUSED PHOTO OF THE DAY: Man In Doorway

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE: City Paper will be sponsoring a series of D.C. Council candidate debates this month.

Ward 7: Monday, March 26, Ray's the Steaks East River, 3905 Dix St. NE, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (guest moderator TBD).

LINKDUMP AFTER THE JUMP!

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

  • OCF knew about Jeff Thompson's bundling since at least 2002, after John Ray dimed on him. [Times]
  • Council passes huge education bill. [Examiner]
  • SNL alum Ana Gasteyer friendly with D.C. Council alum Sharon Ambrose. [Washingtonian]
  • Go away, red top meters. [Post]
  • Given the choice between a Ferrari and an unpaid shadow senate post, Pete Ross picks the latter. [Post]
  • Violent crimes slowing data show. [Times]

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

  • H Street project doubles in size. [Urbanturf]
  • What's in store for Wonderbread. [Left4Ledroit]
  • God forbid that outdoor seating get out of control. [PoP]
  • D.C.'s colorfully named, long-gone neighborhoods. [TheLocation]
  • Shops at Georgetown Park about to knock down some walls. [WBJ]
  • Things are happening in the Capitol Riverfront. [Post]
  • Baltimore selling its landmarks. [BaltimoreSun]
  • Congress probes Eisenhower spat. [HuffPoDCMUD]
  • What if climate legislation had come up this winter instead of during Snowmageddon? [Post]
  • I'm gonna agree with Martin here—bikes on Metro during rush hour are bad news. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: 1920s Chevy Chase.

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

  • Susan Eisenhower says Frank Gehry's proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial is communist, fascist, and gosh-darn disgraceful. [Post]
  • "One Life: Amelia Earhart," a year-long exhibit focusing on the legendary American pilot, will open at the Portrait Gallery June 29. [Post]
  • Wednesday's sold-out Fiona Apple concert has been postponed until March 28. [Sixth & I]
  • The Washingtonian's website gets a jazzy new look. [WashingtonianDC Porcupine]

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

  • Confessions of a coffee-phobe. [Post]
  • The latest projected opening for Wagamama is this fall. [Dining Bisnow]
  • Try the "Presley" at Crepes On The Corner [Refinery 29]
  • Get ready for the maple-bacon ice cream-waffle sandwich at Sugar Magnolia. [Urban Daddy]
  • Westend Bistro's pop-up barbecue stand returns April 27 [Eater DC]
  • Salvaged shipping containers are an unlikely restaurant design trend. [Blade]
  • Here's what Bourbon Steak's Adam Sobel eats after a 12-hour shift. [City Eats]
  • Old Siam is serving sushi now. [Prince of Petworth]
  • Three Little Pigs is hiring. [Food Jobs Central]
  • Masa 14's rooftop deck is opening in late April. [Borderstan]
  • The H Street farmers market returns April 21. [H Street Great Street]
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