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District Line Daily: Gray’s Budget Crunch

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Mayor Vince Gray kicked off his tenure as a lame-duck mayor Monday by sparring with councilmembers over his proposed budget, which plans to use more than $100 million of a tax windfall to spend more money than the city foresees taking in next year.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • An autopsy shows that police on Capitol Hill shot Miriam Carey, the woman killed after a high-speed car chase six months ago between the White House and Capitol building, multiple times from behind, including a shot to the back of the head. [News4]
  • Two D.C. legislators are introducing a bill that would allow doctors to determine whether their patient needs medical marijuana, which would greatly expand access to medical marijuana in the city. Currently, doctors are only allowed to recommend marijuana to patients with a few qualifying diseases. [WAMU]
  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is introducing legislation that would allow voters to elect an attorney general for the first time in November. [WJLA]
  • Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry was once opposed to new apartment buildings in Ward 8, but now he's introducing emergency legislation to push forward a proposed Anacostia building with affordable apartments and retail. [Housing Complex]


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

Election Issue: Our post-election Election Issue is on stands and online. Read it to find out what's next in D.C. politics, how Muriel Bowser sealed her victory, and what Mayor Vince Gray's sad last day on the campaign trail looked like.

Family Dinner: A night at D.C.'s weirdest, most unnecessarily sexualized underground supper club.

Door-to-Door ServicePhotos of a cab that crashed into a D.C. office building Monday.

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

  • Councilmembers spar with Vince Gray over budget proposal. [Post]
  • DCRA boss out; old Office of Planning boss is back in. [Housing Complex]
  • Lawyers in Chinatown bigwig Tony Cheng's case want to know if jurors will judge Gray connection against him; government releases evidence list. [LL]
  • David Catania pitches himself to LGBT donors. [Post]
  • Motion picture office officials bemoan "greedy" House of Cards execs. [LL]
  • In surprising move, Yvette Alexander backs expanding medical marijuana qualifying conditions. [WAMU, DCist]
  • District will get a Republican mayoral candidate, maybe. [APPost]
  • Who wins and who loses in the school boundary plans. [Housing Complex]
  • Remembering when Kennedy Street wasn't just for Jack Evans campaign photo ops. [Housing Complex]
  • School boundaries phasing-in plan unclear.  [Post]
  • Doggy daycare takes another shot at 14th Street. [WBJ]
  • Former Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies notices a disturbing trend. [Twitter]
  • Post ed board cheers CityCenterDC deal. [Post]
  • The Silver Line will open on July 4. Maybe! [WTOP]
  • Letter to the editor: boundary plan hurt parents who improved schools. [Post]

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

  • D.C.'s cheapest and most expensive neighborhoods for housing. [UrbanTurf]
  • Neighbors urge city to slow down traffic on Arkansas Avenue NW. [Fox, change.org]
  • Six developers interested in building on Shaw lot. [WBJ]
  • With transit improvements, McMillan development won't choke traffic. [GGW]
  • Apartment rents drop slightly, but rise in the NoMa/H Street area. [UrbanTurf]
  • ANC rep: We're doing too much for bikers, because they don't ride in bad weather. [WashCycle]
  • "Dave Thomas Circle" could soon be changed or eliminated. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Penn Branch colonial—$330,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • This new Chain and the Gang video is why green screens were invented. [Arts Desk]
  • Slightly frightening photos of the Dismemberment Plan at B-more's Ottobar [Consequence of Sound]
  • A likeness of Maya Angelou was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. [Post]
  • Hip-hop and feminism linked up at the Kennedy Center. [BYT]
  • DCist is throwing a free concert on May 31, headlined by Outputmessage. [DCist]
  • And today, in Things That Blow: A backpack belonging to Italian experi-lectro band JoyCut, containing the members' passports and loads of work, was stolen from the Dunes. Let 'em know if you saw something. [Facebook]

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

  • Peet's Coffee & Tea opens first of 23 D.C. locations [Washingtonian]
  • Thirty-one ways to make Chipotle employees hate you [BuzzFeed]
  • Eight up and coming D.C. food artisans [Zagat]
  • Ted's Bulletin introduces PeepTarts. [Eater]
  • Penn Commons coming to space previously slated for Townhouse Kitchen and Bar. [PoPville]
  • Love nightclub up for auction after bankruptcy. [Post]
  • Four Sisters Grill opens in Clarendon next week. [ARLnow]
  • Restaurants hit by termination of Windows XP support. [WBJ]
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