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District Line Daily: Will Walmart Walk?

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The D.C. Council votes today on its large retailer living wage bill—and if it passes and is signed into law, Walmart says it will kill three of its six planned stores in the District. And that could have a larger impact on one of Mayor Vince Gray's largest economic development ambitions.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh was arrested in Herndon last night after filming a video in which he loads a weapon in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza. [WTOP]
  • D.C. police say they checked the car that 7-year-old Michael Kingsbury was found dead in four times before his body was found. [Post, City Desk]
  • D.C. Council will consider a bill today that would give people living in the United States illegally the chance to obtain a driver's license. They'll also vote on a new smoking-restrictions bill. [WJLA, Post]
  • A man in a wheelchair who fell onto the tracks at Metro Center was saved by bystanders. [NBC4]

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

Too Chic: Introducing what just might be "D.C.'s douchiest restaurant website."

Broth Ire: Troubled noodle joint Taan in Adams Morgan is getting a makeover in the form of more Vietnamese dishes and, presumably, less internal strife.

London Calling: Local pop-rap trio RDGLDGRN went to London to hang out with football hooligans.

Photo of the Day: "Man in Red," here.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Walmart says it'll back out of three D.C. stores if large retailer bill passes—or is it bluffing? [Housing Complex, WAMU, WBJ, WBJ, NBC 4]
  • Mammoth day at the D.C. Council, with votes on smoking bans and licenses for undocumented immigrants. [Post]
  • Irv Nathan and DC Appleseed argue about attorney general's future. [WAMU, WAMU]
  • Vincent Orange wants the Council to be able to boot the mayor or attorney general over ethics. [Post]
  • D.C. schools plan to introduce "twilight academies" for students who fail ninth grade. [Post]
  • Deliberately breaking D.C. gun laws leads to negative consequences. [NBC 4]
  • Jeffrey Thompson's Chartered lost money, members. [WBJ]
  • Marion Barry weighs in on Elliot Spitzer. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Georgetown students think their ANC reps are too nice to neighbors. [Hoya]
  • DMV shortage means months-long wait for driving test. [NBC 4]

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

  • If Walmart pulls out, Skyland Town Center is dead. [WBJ]
  • I.M. Pei buildings are historic landmarks; development thrown into question. [UrbanTurf]
  • Old church gets new life as an arts space. [WJLA]
  • The revenue and service benefits of transit-oriented development. [PlanItMetro]
  • In defense of Tommy Wells' reasoning on parking. [GGW]
  • Coast Guard headquarters at St. Elizabeths could get a new name. [WBJ]
  • A sampling of D.C. rents in 1914 [Ghosts of DC]
  • We're measuring school success wrong. Here are the real best schools in town. [GGW]
  • A century ago on the market: Columbia Heights rowhouse for $425. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: Dupont condo (weirdly angled rugs not included)

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

  • Rest in peace, Norm Parish. [Lenny Campello]
  • Smithsonian raises $170,00 for its forthcoming yoga exhibit. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Ibiza nightclub files for bankruptcy protection. [Eater]
  • Politics & Prose plans a D.C. cartoons exhibit. [ComicsDC]
  • Who will get Arlington County's art grants? [ARLnow]

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

  • Does mumbo sauce at trendy restaurants equal swaggerjacking? [Post]
  • Minibar hosts open house in honor of its 10-year anniversary. [Washingtonian]
  • Early look at Attman's Delicatessen in Potomac [DMV Dining]
  • Where to celebrate Bastille Day [Drink DC]
  • Bryan Voltaggio launches hot dog car in front of his Frederick, Md. restaurant Family Meal. [Eater]
  • Parking enforcement finds another reason to ticket food trucks. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Eight must-try burgers around D.C. [Zagat]
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