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The opening date for the Silver Line has been delayed yet again, which raises the question: Will the H Street streetcar win the race and open before the Silver Line?


  • The D.C. Council is holding a public hearing today about a plan to bring the Pigskins back to D.C. [News4]
  • Proponents of marijuana legalization will make their case to the D.C. Board of Elections today to keep their initiative on the November ballot. [WAMU]
  • A judge ruled Monday that forcing District homeless families to sleep in recreation centers violates privacy laws. [Post]
  • The D.C. fire department came under fire during a hearing over the death of Medric Mills. [Post]


Judge Not: ICYMI, our latest cover story looks at why D.C. let a disbarred lawyer serve as a workers' comp judge, enabling him to issue hundreds of decisions through the Department of Employment Services that now could be overturned.

Stationary Stairs: The worst performing Metro escalators of 2013 and 2014 (s0 far.)

More Noms: The Italian restaurant Lupo Verde opened last night on 14th Street NW.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Tommy Wells grills fire officials over Medric Mills death at hearing. [NBC 4, Post, WTOP]
  • Pot legalization referendum will fight for a spot on the ballot this morning at the Board of Elections. [WAMU]
  • Judge: housing homeless families in rec centers breaks privacy rules. [Post]
  • Vincent Orange wins support from grocery workers' union. [LLPost]
  • Orange and his prolific candidacies get the Post profile treatment. [Post]
  • Orange practices his speeches on a podium in his office, explains how having orange-colored things became a way of life. [Post]
  • Heir to gay rights activist Frank Kameny now says Kameny's ashes will be interred at an undisclosed location. [Blade]
  • Don Graham goes in big for DCPS chancellor Kaya Henderson, calls David Catania "a bully." [Post]
  • Could China help win voting rights for the District? [LL]
  • Post letter writer amused by half-hearted Bowser endorsement. [Post]
  • D.C. Council education committee takes up missing D.C. TAG scholarship funds. [Post]
  • Ward 8 activists have a long list of wants from a developer. [WBJ]
  • Andy Shallal wins over TimesDeborah Simmons. [Times]
  • Wells says a former Federal City Council official pressured him over a charter school. [Post]
  • Plan out your early voting. [NBC 4]
  • Silver Line delayed again. [WAMU]
  • Will the Metro delay make the streetcar the first much-delayed transit project to finish? [Housing Complex]
  • Reddit users try to explain District politics to a new resident. [Reddit]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips

  • Don't expect the feds to keep paying for Metro improvements. [PlanItMetro]
  • Muriel Bowser is largely supportive of Vince Gray's economic development record. [Post]
  • Congress Heights leaders want millions from Metro project developer. [WBJ]
  • After failed vote, it's still legal for Virginia drivers to door cyclists. [Post]
  • CityCenterDC condos aren't selling as exorbitantly as expected. [WBJ]
  • D.C. architects build high-end shelter for feral cats. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Renovated Grant Park house—$289,000

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips?

  • Two new Union Station pavilions are forever dated by Death Cab for Cutie lyrics. [RackedDCist]
  • The African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation raises money to repair the memorial. [AP]
  • Meet the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra. [WJLA]
  • FACT Magazine is giving away free tickets to U Street Music Hall's anniversary. [Blisspop]
  • Poetry group Split This Rock has a mobile app. No kidding. [Blog This Rock]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • D.C. area's 10 hottest coffee shops [Zagat]
  • Where to buy Girl Scout cookies [DCist]
  • Latin steakhouse Toro Toro to open in March. [Washingtonian]
  • Michelle Obama dines at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. [Post]
  • Renderings of The American, coming to Blagden Alley [PoPville]
  • Blue Duck Tavern pastry chef adapts to celiac disease diagnosis. [Express]
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