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District Line Daily: Tokyo Drift

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On the cover of the latest issue of Washington City Paper: The D.C. punk band E.D. Sedgwick goes on tour in Japan and things go—well, you'll see.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Agencies like the Office of Campaign Finance and Office of the Inspector General, which are supposed to act as a government watchdogs, have had pretty lackluster responses when it comes to problematic campaigns.
  • D.C. leaders should not cave in when it comes to changing the Height Act. [Housing Complex]
  • Mayor Vince Gray submitted environmental legislation to the D.C. Council, which includes a ban on Styrofoam containers. [Post]
  • If he were still on the dais, Gray says he would have voted in favor of legislation that urged Washington's football team to ditch its racist name. [Post]

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

Street Food: Should taxpayer-funded city grants be helping to pay for restaurants and bars?

Pop Down: Councilmember Jim Graham is asking the zoning commission to put an end to pop-ups sprouting from the tops of row houses.

Honest Pike: A D.C. realtor touts that he's part of the "Dupont/Logan Circle neighborhood gentrification efforts."

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

  • Vince Gray says he'd have voted for the D.C. Council's Pigskins resolution if he was still on the dais. [Post]
  • More on the campaign finance bill, which passed its first Council vote Tuesday. [WAMU]
  • Should the District be investing in restaurants? [Young & Hungry]
  • Backed by Teamsters, cabbies sue over modernization rules. [Washingtonian]
  • Would-be gun march organizer Adam Kokesh admits loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza. [Times]
  • Jim Graham wants Zoning Commission to crack down on pop-up building growth, isn't clear whether they can. [Housing Complex]
  • Options charter, at the center of alleged self-dealing scandal, is running a million dollar deficit. [Post]
  • No middle ground on Height Act, says WCP's Aaron Wiener. [Housing Complex]
  • Four people shot outside Payless shoe store. [NBC 4]
  • Whole Foods announces plan for H Street store, sparks gentrification panic. [Housing Complex]
  • And inspires a PoPville post from the future. [City Desk]

 

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)Why is D.C. giving grants to bars? [Y&H]

  • More details on the Cohen Cos. project coming to M Street SE. [JDLand]
  • Those long-delayed Capitol Hill Oasis townhouses? They're on sale for over $1 million. [Frozen Tropics]
  • The latest tenant at CityCenterDC is...another luxury bag store! [WBJ]
  • Details of the 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. SE project. [Commissioner Brian Flahaven]
  • D.C. needs your help counting rabbits. [Hill Rag]
  • Why we can't afford to delay the zoning update. [GGW]
  • D.C. is less walkable than Miami? [WalkScore]
  • Metro is now slightly safer. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Brightwood Park 5BR

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

  • Glen Echo Park seeks to raise the $200,000 it lost during the government shutdown. [Gazette]
  • Oman wants to put a cultural center at 16th and L streets NW. [Short Articles about Long Meetings]
  • Kennedy Center will premiere a new Gigi revival in 2015. [Post]
  • On the outside of its building, the Holocaust Museum projects images of homeless Rohingya people. [AP]
  • Local rappers Pacman and Peso gear up for their North Korea trip. [Post]
  • Nail, meet Blockbuster's coffin. [WJLA]

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

  • Eight great grilled cheeses in D.C. [Zagat]
  • The 11 best doughnuts in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • Richard Sandoval's Shaw restaurant will be casual Mexican but not El Centro D.F. [Eater]
  • Get half-off pizzas at RedRocks on H Street NE on Tuesdays. [Post]
  • Brazilian steakhouse and pizza spot PizzaPass replacing Jiffy Shoppes in Bethesda. [Bethesda Mag]
  • No live music for Bracket Room. [ARLnow]
  • Grocery invasion map [Housing Complex]
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