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District Line Daily: The State of Vince Gray

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Mayor Vince Gray delivered his 2014 State of the District address last night, and began the address by denying he had any knowledge of the off-the-books, Jeff Thompson-financed shadow campaign to elect him in 2010. "Who do you believe?" Gray asked. "A greedy man attempting to save himself, or me, a public servant who has dedicated my entire career and my entire life to giving back to our communities in the District of Columbia?" In the speech, he also announced a number of plans and initiatives, including increasing the school budget by more than $100 million and a program to locate housing for homeless families.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Voters can decide in November whether to legalize possession of marijuana for personal consumption in the District, election officials ruled this week. [Loose Lips]
  • Mayor Vince Gray loyalists are sticking by their man, saying they have no faith in the allegations that he knew about the illegal happenings of his 2010 mayoral campaign. [Post]
  • High winds and winter temperatures are returning to D.C. today. [WJLA]
  • A former D.C. teacher was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday for child pornography. [WAMU]

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

Mappers' Delight: The Korean population in Northern Virginia has finally gotten politically organized. So why did they choose an obscure cartography issue as their first real battle? Read our latest cover story to find out.

Food in Motion: José Andrés' food truck Pepe is back on the streets again today after its winter hiatus.

Star Endorsement: Sulaimon Brown, the guy that the Gray 2010 campaign paid to stay in the mayoral race and bash Adrian Fenty, announced that he'd be endorsing Fenty protegee Muriel Bowser in this year's mayoral race.

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

  • In State of the District speech, Vince Gray says he didn't commit any crimes. [LLPost, LLTimes, WAMU]
  • Vincent Orange says he didn't know about the shadow campaign to get him elected. [Post]
  • Gray leads challengers in mayoral fundraising. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser responds to Gray's State of the District speech. [LL]
  • Bowser wins the Sulaimon Brown seal of approval. [LL]
  • Gray pals still believe him over Jeff Thompson. [Post]
  • Post ed board: Questions still remain about settlement deal with Thompson's company. [Post]
  • Voters confused by early voting robocall. [LL]
  • New plan from Gray would expand hours at some schools. [WAMU]
  • Gray announces rapid rehousing plan in State of the District. [Housing Complex]
  • Gray wants to add more than $100 million to schools budget. [Post]
  • Marijuana legalization could make the November ballot. [LLPost, WAMU]

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

  • D.C. is not the only city with a rising homeless shelter population. [NYT]
  • Congress will weigh a minute change to the Height Act today. [WBJ]
  • Why we need Metro improvements [PlanItMetro]
  • New renderings of Capitol Hill townhouses. [UrbanTurf]
  • How the 11th Street Bridge Park could go wrong, or right. [GGW]
  • Muriel Bowser wants to replicate Deal Middle School; Tommy Wells scoffs at the idea. [GGE]
  • Today on the market: Columbia Heights studio—$145,000

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer. (tips? jfischer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Zoning battle imperils Keegan Theatre's renovation plans. [Post]
  • Banksy-created image will be projected onto the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Gallery, and the Supreme Court to increase awareness of the Syrian humanitarian crisis. [Washingtonian]
  • Frederick writer Lara Prescott is participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival on Friday by tweeting out a short story. [Post]
  • No no no no no no no [DCist]

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

  • Seven newly reopened drinking spots [Washingtonian]
  • Where to find meat-infused ice creams [Zagat]
  • The best bars for March Madness [Thrillist]
  • Westover Beer Garden to open second location near Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • Roofers Union, Toki Underground, and more will serve food at Sweetgreen's Sweetlife Festival. [Eater]
  • Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue returns to the Building Museum in May. [Post]
  • Poppa Box now open at 20th and I streets NW. [PoPville]
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