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District Line Daily: Billion Dollar Power Lines

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Days of derecho-style power outages could be a thing of the past. A District task force has endorsed a plan to spend a billion dollars on moving city power lines underground.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Fire closes Silver Spring Metro station. [Post]
  • Football player Vernon Davis' brother, charged with Petworth hammer attacks, is deemed competent to stand trial. [Post]
  • Nearly 20 percent of I-95 drivers in Virginia text and drive. [NBC 4]
  • Washington Monument earthquake scaffolding is finished. [Post]
  • Minority neighborhoods hit hardest by D.C. school closures. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. man alleged master burglar. [Post]
  • Weapons unsecured in homeless shelter. [Examiner]
  • Did Bryce Harper's brash playing style cause his run-in with a wall? [Post]

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

Photos of the Day: Fenwick Street NE.

Raise the Roof: D.C. planners are having fun trying to raise the city's height limit. Or they were, until they ran into the people who oppose it.

Downward Dog: The Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery is planning an exhibit on yoga—no Lululemon allowed. But the museum's plan to raise funds on Kickstarter is controversial.

Busy Lawman: U.S. Attorney Ron Machen—who built his name in Washington investigating local politicos—is directing the FBI investigation that resulted in the seizure of two months of Associated Press phone records.

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

  • Task force says: Bury the power lines. [Post]
  • Mapping government employment in D.C. [DCist]
  • National Aquarium might not leave the Commerce building for long. [Examiner]
  • A new grocery market is coming to Mount Pleasant. [WBJ]
  • Housing bubble check: Negative. [UrbanTurf]
  • Bike commuting has more than doubled in D.C. since 2000. [WashCycle]
  • Gentrification as an intentional city strategy? [newgeography]
  • Russ Ptacek strikes again: Cabs strand disabled passengers. [WUSA]
  • The driving boom is over. [U.S. PIRG]
  • But millennials will drive more as they age. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: Investors only

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

  • The District spent nearly $80,000 for gospel singer Kirk Franklin to play this year's Emancipation Day celebration. [Post]
  • After a stabbing temporarily shutters Fur, the nightclub fires go-go band TCB. [WJLA]
  • Smithsonian determines that the Hirshhorn Bubble would lose money in three tested scenarios. [Post]
  • A South Carolina slave shelter comes to the Smithsonian. [AP via Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Hang out at local art museums for free this weekend. [Post]
  • If you saw Chris Evans looking muscular around D.C. yesterday, it was probably because the Captain America sequel was filming downtown. [DCist]
  • Got a question for Ian MacKaye? Ask him at this Q-and-A on Thursday. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Listen to "Too Far Away," the newest song from Maryland electropop duo Ploy. [All Things Go]

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

  • What it's like eating in space [NPR]
  • Morels galore at Inn at Little Washington [Washingtonian]
  • Eighteen dishes that are worth the calories [Eater]
  • The seven best dog-friendly restaurants around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Basil Thyme offers $5 off lobster lasagna to Capitals fans this week. [DCist]
  • Food porn from Chupacabra on H Street NE [BYT]
  • PETA awards sexiest vegan. [HuffPost]

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