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Mayor Vince Gray says he supports the District's marijuana decriminalization bill, with the condition that it include provisions to prevent people from smoking in parks and drug-free school zones.


  • LivingSocial reportedly lost $25 million in the third quarter. [Post]
  • Japanese retailer UNIQLO and Gucci could be coming to CityCenter, but, contrary to past rumors, it looks like Apple is staying out. [PoPville]
  • Several students and adults were taken to hospitals after a carbon monoxide leak at Langley Elementary School in Northeast. [Post]
  • The Marine Corps Marathon is this weekend. Here's a roundup of all the activities surrounding the main event. [News4]


The Pot Issue: ICYMI, this week is WCP's Pot Issue, and it's filled with articles about the fumbles of medical marijuana, the possibilities of legalized pot, D.C.'s first legal pot reviews, and more. Pick it up on stands or read it here.

Brew Hub: A look at Bluejacket brewery, D.C.'s new laboratory for food-inspired beers.

Team Teamsters: Cab drivers are teaming with the local Teamsters with the hopes of gaining a louder political voice.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • Vince Gray backs marijuana decriminalization bill. [LL, WAMU]
  • Marijuana fine could drop to $25. [Post]
  • D.C. cabbies join the Teamsters. [Post, City Desk]
  • Height Act fight gives the Committee of 100 something to do. [Housing Complex]
  • Post ed board: Gray should take "serious pause" over re-election bid. [Post]
  • D.C. bus driver arrested for drunk driving. [WTOP]
  • LivingSocial lost $25 million in the third quarter. [WBJ]
  • Natwar Gandhi is testifying about the shutdown today. [WJLA]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Storey Park, with elevated public park, will replace Greyhound bus terminal. [Elevation DC]
  • Hampton Inn coming to Capitol Riverfront. [JDLand]
  • Details of SOME's Benning Road project. [WBJ]
  • Burnt-out Frager's will open temporary location next month. [Hill Rag]
  • Retail rumors for CityCenterDC include Uniqlo, Gucci. [PoPville]
  • A nice wish-list proposal: mosaics for Metro stations. [GGW]
  • Cab drivers to boost political voice by partnering with Teamsters. [City Desk]
  • Today on the market: Get in on the Brookland boom for cheap

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • John Fahey bio In Search of Blind Joe Death shows at AFI Silver Theatre this weekend. [Post]
  • The D.C.-set Scandal is just one TV show chipping away at the "strong black woman" stereotype. [Buzzfeed]
  • A Captain America trailer shows shots filmed in the District. [DCist]
  • Honoring Dance Place founder Carla Perlo means honoring decades of dance in the District. [Post]
  • Longtime radio personality Sheila Stewart killed in a car collision. [WTOP]
  • Brookland's Monroe Street Market hosts an art festival this weekend. [East City Art]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • Where to find other states' home-cooked classics in D.C. [Express]
  • Inside Michel Richard's ritzy New York restaurant [Eater]
  • Palena is turning its cafe into a "coffee shop." [Post]
  • Almonds: the perfect snack? [NPR]
  • Get crepes on a stick at Dolci Gelati. [Zagat]
  • Guess no one likes healthy burgers: Energy Kitchen closes. [PoPville]
  • Forge Brew Works opens in Lorton, Va. [NoVa Mag]


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  • Gary

    The side effects of the drugs that marijuana is supposed to substitute for have been thoroughly studied. Not so pot. And, if THC is needed, why in the form of a smoked intoxicant? Why not Marinol?