District Line Daily: Contracting Kerfuffle
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to email@example.com.
It's hard-copy City Paper day, so get yours and learn about the oversight mess that is the District's Certified Business Enterprise program.
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? firstname.lastname@example.org )
- 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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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]