District Line Daily: The Chosen Charter
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The world of charter schools is already plenty experimental and controversial, but what happens when you throw a Hebrew language immersion school into the mix? With Sela Public Charter School, the first public school in D.C. to teach in the ancient language, we'll find out.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Hospitals nationwide are dealing with huge shortages of nutrients needed to help premature babies survive—and Washington-area NICU units are no exception. [Washingtonian]
- Some D.C. taxi drivers have been granted a one month extension on the installation of credit card readers in their cabs. [Post]
- Jack Jr., Georgetown's mascot-in-training will be heading into early retirement, in part because of a lawsuit filed by the parents of a child who was bitten last fall. [The Hoya]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
So Long, Affordable Housing: Who loses when a building owner in Adams Morgan upgrades the building, pays off departing tenants, lets the remaining ones keep their rent-controlled apartments, and jacks up the rent for everyone else? The District does.
Red Card: Building a new stadium for D.C. United is a great idea—but not, despite the hype, if the city is contributing half the funds.
Food Fight: Bandolero and Tacklebox are locked in a months-long battle with their Georgetown landlord over liquor licenses, and now celebrity chef Mike Isabella has cut ties with Bandolero.
Head Banging: Ian MacKaye may not have a licensing problem with the $28 Minor Threat T-shirts now being sold at Urban Outfitters, but he still thinks they're ridiculous.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Chances look slim of nine councilmembers voting to override a mayoral veto of the living wage bill. [Post]
- Some cabbies can wait another month, until Sept. 30, to install credit card readers. [WAMU, Post]
- The head of the Department of Health's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Administration was fired, sources say. [Blade]
- Is D.C.'s medical pot too pricey? [Post]
- D.C. United stadium deal isn't bad for the city...so far. [City Desk]
- City picks Barry Farm developers. [Housing Complex]
- New crosswalk signals intervals give pedestrians more time. [Post]
- Tom Sherwood cuts Gray out of stadium coverage: "It's not personal; it's business." [NBC 4]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Praise for D.C. United deal shows how crappy most stadium deals are. [City Desk]
- Mayor Vince Gray weighs in on the deal. [WJLA]
- Fight over 965 Florida Ave. hasn't spoiled MRP and JBG's partnership. [WBJ]
- Residents petition the city to reverse 965 Florida Ave. decision. [Change.org]
- The coming scratch-off shortfall. [WJLA]
- Attorney challenges transparency of Hine deal. [Capitol Hill Corner]
- Gray: Phil Mendelson may be holding living wage bill until councilmembers return. [LL]
- Today on the market: Logan(ish) condo
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- Should the Smithsonian acquire Trayvon Martin's hoodie? [DCist]
- Ron Charles has not 99 problems, and they're all books. [Post]
- No Chompie on the Discovery Building this year. [DCist]
- Austin Chronicle's Mike Kanin quotes the Post's Chris Richards in his piece about Austin, Texas' depreciating cultural capital. [Austin Chronicle]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Chef Justin Bittner leaves Bar Pilar for 8407 Kitchen Bar in Silver Spring. Ed Wittheads to Hawk 'n' Dove. [Post]
- Police shut down Marvelous Pizza on H Street NE alleging owners' fraud scheme. [ToTville via DCist]
- My Brother's Place in Capitol Hill is now My Place. [WBJ]
- Cleveland Park's Le Zinc closes after two years. [Eater]
- Great restaurants for omakase in D.C. [Zagat]
- First taste from Jackie's Restaurant's new chef Adam Harvey. [Bethesda Mag]