City Desk

District Line Daily: Civilians to the Rescue

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here.

The D.C. fire department is expected to hire civilian paramedics to fill the extreme shortages in its emergency medical services workforce—a move that reverses a longstanding effort to create an agency in which employees are trained both as medics and firefighters.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The National Security Archive at George Washington University obtained declassified government documents that once and for all confirm the existence of Area 51. [WTOP]
  • Despite reports to the contrary, refinishing work on the Martin Luther King Jr. are expected to be completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington. [AP]
  • Is the National Zoo's female giant panda pregnant? Let the 24-hour panda pregnancy watch commence. [WAMU]
  • D.C.'s attorney general has officially opposed Pepco's efforts to raise rates—which would amount to $2 million in additional revenue—on low-income households.  [WAMU]

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

More Taxes, Please: Housing Complex provides a compelling defense for higher property tax assessments in the District.

White, Male, And Dead:  The demographics of D.C. theatergoers don't break much from the status quo.

Sugar Crazies: A round-up of some of the most outlandish dessert mash-ups in the District.

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

  • D.C. struggles under paramedic shortage. [AP]
  • Fire department says it will start hiring civilian paramedics. [Times]
  • M Street NW bike lane sets up fight between church, cyclists. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Blogger goes to ANC meetings so you don't have to. [City Desk]
  • Thefts on Metro are increasing. [WAMU]
  • American University bans outdoor smoking. [WTOP]
  • D.C. schools adopt the Common Core. [WAMU]
  • NSA mix-up intercepted calls from Washington instead of Egypt. [Post]
  • Pond algae killed the fish on the National Mall. [Times]

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

  • Want to escape natural disasters? Move to Bethesda, but not D.C. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Dupont ANC votes to extend reduced liquor license moratorium. [SALM, GGW]
  • Think tank buys IMBY blog. [UrbanTurf]
  • MLK Memorial work will be done by next week. [DCist]
  • D.C.'s emergency services are among the worst in the country. [AP]
  • Ward 2 is not a fan of free visitor parking permits. [GGW]
  • GW vows to address crappy, moldy dorms. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: "Pleasantly surprising" Eckington condo

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

  • SC Johnson donates $5 million to the National Museum of American History's "American Enterprise" exhibit. [Washington Business Journal]
  • National Park Service says the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial's inscription should be repaired by the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—aka Aug 28. [Post]
  • Now that the MLK memorial is being changed, what other monuments need tweaking? [Post]
  • Road work near Jiffy Lube Live won't ruin this weekend's Jimmy Buffett concert, but should thoroughly piss off Toby Keith fans next weekend. [Post]
  • Kendrick Lamar will play Rock the Bells—as will some of the rappers he challenged in Big Sean's "Control." Hope for some verbal sparring. [Post]

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

  • Taste test of the bakery at Ted's Bulletin on 14th St. NW [BYT]
  • Busboys & Poets owner considers a run for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C.'s 15 most anticipated fall openings [Thrillist]
  • The Reef closed after reported stabbing. [Post]
  • "In D.C., people love steakhouses," says restaurateur Richard Sandoval. [Eater]
  • Try the duck rolls at Imm Thai in Annandale. [NoVa Mag]
Blog Widget by LinkWithin
...