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District Line Daily: Minimum Wage Showdown

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Mayor Vince Gray proposed increasing the city's minimum wage to $10 an hour. A council committee will vote on a separate bill today that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. police activated 100 new "next-generation" traffic cameras over the weekend that will catch a growing number of traffic violations. [Washington Times]
  • It's another very cold day today. Expect a rainy winter storm to hit us tomorrow. [WJLA]
  • A man died Saturday after plummeting from the fourth floor railing at the National Museum of the American Indian. [WUSA9]
  • Stadium Club settled its tax debt with the government and was back open for business this weekend. [City Desk]

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

People Issue: ICYMI, we asked, they answered—20 interviews with people who make D.C. what it is. And pick up a print copy for all the gorgeous portraits.

Party Tease: Mayor Vince Gray did not announce whether he would run for reelection at his birthday party Friday, but he did say he was aware of the looming deadline to make the big decision.

Popped and Loaded: Those unpopular pop-up rowhouses  sure are profitable. .

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

  • D.C. Council committee voting on minimum wage hike today. [WBJ]
  • Vince Gray wants a $10 hourly minimum wage. [Post]
  • Gray tight-lipped on re-election plans at birthday party. [LLPost]
  • State superintendent of education nominee gets a tough time from D.C. Council's education committee. [Post]
  • Michael Brown is too obvious a choice to be "turkey of the year." [Post]
  • Stadium Club pays almost a third of its tax bill in singles. [WBJ]
  • GW Hospital considering taking over United Medical Center. [WBJ]
  • Andy Shallal's campaign manager interviews him, likes what he sees. [YouTube]
  • Post's Colby King would be more excited watching paint dry than following current mayoral hopefuls. [Post]
  • "Prayer warriors" rally for WUSA9 anchor J.C. Hayward. [Post]
  • New traffic cameras hit the streets. [WAMU]
  • Shaw Middle School deals with the murder of principal Brian Betts. [WAMU]
  • More on cab credit card mess. [WAMU]
  • Gray attends transgender remembrance event. [Blade]

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

  • D.C. loses its strip club. [City Desk]
  • The business of patching over vacant property, feat. Douglas Development. [WSJ]
  • American Indian museum evacuated after man jumps to his death. [AP]
  • Southeast Boulevard looks an awful lot like Southeast Freeway. [GGW]
  • DDOT says traffic zebras are pretty effective. [DCist]
  • Vince Gray backs a modest minimum-wage hike. [WNEW]
  • San Francisco's gentrification backlash: different from D.C.'s in degree, but maybe not in character. [NYT]
  • Today on the market: Rowhouse by Brookland Metro—$635,335

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypape

  • "Sugar Foot" Ricky Wellman, who drummed with Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers and Experience Unlimited, has died. [TMOTTGG]
  • Man falls to his death inside Smithsonian American Indian Museum. [AP]
  • Letters to the editor: why the Post needs comics [Post]
  • The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts is still iffy on Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial design. [DCist]

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

  • Stadium Club reopens after settling TruOrleans tax debt. [City Desk]
  • Chef Billy McCormick leaves Mexican restaurant Diego after recent revamp. [Eater]
  • Vegan Chinese restaurant Vegetable Garden relocates to Silver Spring. [Post]
  • Sin Bin Sports Bar & Restaurant coming to H Street NE. [PoPville]
  • Where to take holiday visitors for food and art [Zagat]
  • Restaurant Eve's Cathal Armstrong shares his turkey and stuffing recipes. [Washingtonian]
  • Thanksgivukkah, The Red Hen style [Express]
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