District Line Daily: Who’s Next for Ron Machen?
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Ex-Councilmember Michael Brown's guilty plea to a bribery charge yesterday brings to a close an FBI sting—and, in all likelihood, Brown's political career. But Brown's cooperation with prosecutors on future investigations points to more legal trouble ahead for D.C. politicians.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Brown faces up to 37 months in prison under plea deal. [LL]
- Marion Barry wants more money for summer jobs program. [Examiner]
- District avoiding insurance price jumps from health exchanges. [Examiner]
- "Reconstitution" process, most recently seen at Cardozo, meant to improve schools. [Post]
- Charter school employee pleads guilty to embezzling more than $75,000. [Post]
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LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Michael Brown pleads guilty to bribery charge. [WAMU, Post, LL, Times]
- Activist say medial marijuana applications don't exist yet, Department of Health says they do. [Times]
- Disgruntled ex-director of Public Employee Relations Board was offered $30,000 severance. [Times]
- Summer jobs program needs more money, Marion Barry says. [Examiner]
- D.C. Council ignored warning signs about Brown, says Chuck Thies. [NBC 4]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- An 1886 plan to divert Rock Creek and build on top of it to unite Georgetown with the city [Ghosts of DC]
- On the need for more productive Ward 8 community meetings. [Congress Heights on the Rise]
- 11th Street condos hit the market this week. [UrbanTurf]
- MoCo's doing its own urbanist zoning rewrite. [Post]
- More on the McMillan fight. [New Columbia Heights]
- Average D.C. home now costs nearly $500k. [UrbanTurf]
- But hey, at least we don't have $30,000-a-month rents (yet). [WSJ]
- Today on the market: Benning Road, the new H Street?
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Neal Augenstein talks to photographer Lucian Perkins and The Teen Idles' Nathan Strejeck about Perkins' book of early D.C. punk photos, Hard Art. [WTOP]
- A juicy nugget from Chris Richards' story about Hard Art: When Bob Woodward saw Lucian Perkins' photos of D.C. punk, he seemed dismissive, saying, "This doesn't exist in Washington." [Post]
- A takeaway from last weekend's SuperNOVA performance art festival [Pink Line Project]
- Every now and then, writes Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, it's OK to have a boring season. [Huffington Post D.C.]
- Kathleen Hanna's Julie Ruin releases a new album this September. [Spin]
- Trillectro presale tickets on sale now. [The Couch Sessions]
- "I grew up with a poster of Anton Chekhov in my bedroom, ok gurl?" [Pink Line Project]
- More WaPo readers chime in on the deflated Hirshhorn Bubble. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)