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District Line Daily: Emancipation Dissipation

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D.C.'s Emancipation Day parade could be canceled over funding clashes. The event's chief booster, At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, is $116,000 over budget for the sparsely attended event, and Mayor Vince Gray doesn't want to cover the costs.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser says she was initially misunderstood on her school boundary position: She does not support replacing traditional elementary school assignments with small-scale lotteries, but instead wants to stick with neighborhood schools. [Post]
  • A T. Rex is scheduled to arrive (in many pieces) in D.C. today from Montana. It will be on loan to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History for 50 years. [Post]
  • A woman reportedly died after the D.C. Fire and EMS department did not follow protocol. The woman is said to have initially refused care, though all the signs were there to trigger follow-up procedures. [News4]
  • Residents of 16th Street Heights are petitioning to make Arkansas Avenue safer for pedestrians and bikers. [WAMU]


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

2014 Best of D.C:.Make sure to read Washington City Paper's Best Of D.C. 2014 issue—192 pages of the best in everything that D.C. has to offer.There are staff picks, reader picks, and everything from Best Metro Driver to Best Restaurant to Bang In.

Muffin Man: A new muffin shop, Uprising Muffin Company, just opened near the Shaw Metro.

Five Stars: Here's why Rose's Luxury is the best restaurant in D.C.

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

  • Muriel Bowser says she was misunderstood on controversial boundary proposal. [Post]
  • Budget impasse between Vincent Orange's office and Vince Gray administration could doom Wednesday's Emancipation Day parade. [Post]
  • Fire department investigating whether medics failed to follow policy in woman's death. [NBC 4]
  • Post ed board: Democrats like Yvette Alexander and Tommy Wells mulling a party switch would be pulling a "crass ploy." [Post]
  • Deputy mayor says don't get attached to the school boundary proposals. [WAMU]
  • Jack Evans' constituent service fund spends another $26K on sports tickets. [LL]
  • Evans eyes a Georgetown rowhouse for his kids. [Post]
  • 16th Street Heights residents petition against unsafe Arkansas Avenue. [WAMU]
  • Tech seed funder says Gray's tech policy was all about "picking winners." [WBJ]
  • Bikeshare riding spikes in cherry blossom festival. [WBJ]
  • Spaghetti sauce without garlic bread for D.C. kids? Heaven forfend, says Deborah Simmons. [Times]
  • Language switch-up in District Walmart checkout lines. [Times]
  • Are national budget cuts hurting D.C. parks? [WAMU]
  • NoMa looks to clean up underpasses with "art parks." [WBJ]
  • Blade columnist slams long lame duck period. [Blade]
  • Man sexually assaulted after asking for directions near Truxton Circle. [Post]

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

  • NoMa launches international design competition to transform underpasses. [Hill Rag]
  • Muriel Bowser alters her rhetoric on school assignment changes. [Post]
  • Behold the latest and greatest generation of D.C. cycletracks. [GGW]
  • Montreal company's bankruptcy prevents Capital Bikeshare expansion. [Post]
  • And the sale of that company ends with a little courtroom drama. [Atlantic Cities]
  • A closer look at the proposal for a Department of Parking Management [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Two-level Pleasant Plains condo—$469,900

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

  • Wanna be in DJ Flexx's "Polo & Chuck" music video? [WPGC]
  • Meet the Shakespeare Theatre Company's resident draper, whose job could be the basis of Project Runway. [Express]
  • Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser will be the new co-chairman of IMG Artists. [Times]
  • How the Keegan Theatre gave new life to Hair without making the protest play preachy. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Browse the Portrait Gallery or the Phillips Collection from your cubicle. [Curbed]

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

  • Why food critics are the worst dates [NoVa Mag]
  • New cocktail classes at the St. Regis Hotel [Washingtonain]
  • A universal guide to bad Chinese takeout [VICE]
  • The best places for housemade pastas in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Rolling Ficelle food truck under new management. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Watch Mike Isabella deep fry a pig's head. [Eater]
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