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District Line Daily: Contracting Kerfuffle

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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • What's next for MLK Library [Post]
  • Big layoffs coming at UDC. [Examiner]
  • No tax break for tech investors. [Examiner]
  • D.C. elementary school can keep its pets, under emergency Council legislation. [Examiner]
  • ESPN The Magazine publishing a D.C. sports-themed issue. [Sports Bog]

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

Photos of the Day: Fashion Flash Mob.

Housing Complex Returns: City Paper's real estate column and blog is back, filled by reporter Aaron Wiener. Here's what Wiener has planned, and see Housing Complex's morning roundup below.

Wide Open: The at-large election next spring to fill Phil Mendelson's seat is a golden opportunity for aspiring D.C. politicos.

Signature Oysters: Meet Bruce Wood, the man who raises "signature" oysters for D.C. restaurants.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • The Certified Business Enterprise program affects how hundreds of millions of dollars (if not more) are spent each year. And guess what: There's practically zero oversight. [City Paper]
  • Council tells Mayor Vince Gray where to put his lower taxes for techies proposal. [WBJ]
  • Post tells the greedy Nats to stop being so greedy. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh is pro-robot car. [DCist]
  • New plans for MLK library. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells wants classrooms to have guinea pigs, Marion Barry wants prisoners to have facetime with their visitors, and Barry and Jack Evans want to study gambling. [Post]
  • Layoffs possible at UDC. [Examiner]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • Behold, the MLK Library of the future! (Maybe.) [Post]
  • Jesse Jackson Jr.'s selling his D.C. home to pay medical bills. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Can a bus garage be a historic landmark? [GGW]
  • H Street NE's streetcar-fueled development continues apace. [WBJ]
  • Get ready for self-driving cars, says Mary Cheh. [DCist]
  • Wish Capital Bikeshare a happy birthday! [Washcycle]
  • Here's what the Eisenhower Memorial might look like. [DC Metrocentric]
  • Pizza with an attitude comes to Mt. Vernon Square. [PoP]
  • Jack Evans lives in style. [Post]
  • Today on the market: An "oasis" on T Street NW.

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan Fischer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. looks at proposals for renovation of MLK Library [Post]
  • An installation of made-up, anachronistic posters for failed political campaigns—groovy. [Style Blog]
  • The latest podcast of local tunes from Hometown Sounds [Pink Line]
  • Five awesome bassists, because The Make-Up's Michelle Mae is an awesome bassist [Express]
  • Video of The Make-Up's surprise D.C. show from earlier this year. [All Our Noise]
  • Four D.C. theater mainstays stage some warped Beckett in New York. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A popcorn cannon that shoots kernels into your mouth on voice command [HuffPost]
  • Tea house and "foot sanctuary" coming to Arlington. [ARLnow]
  • Restaurant critics from around the country give their take on D.C.'s food scene. [Eater]
  • Belga Cafe chef Bart Vandaele dishes on his Top Chef secrecy. [WBJ]
  • Happy hour at Whole Foods [Post]
  • Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr's 14th Street NW restaurant set to open in January. [PoP]
  • Champagne tower hidden at Jay-Z and Beyonce's fundraiser for President Barack Obama. [Reliable Source]
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