District Line Daily: Problem Not Solved in D.C. Fire Dept.
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embattled D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced he will retire in July. But the problems aren't over at the fire department. The next mayor will oversee a department with longstanding tensions—including such fundamentals as defining its size and mission.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles ordered car services Uber and Lyft to stop operating in the state. [Post]
- But the companies say they'll continue to operate in Virginia. [WAMU]
- Anacostia High's valedictorian talks about what it's like to live in the D.C. General homeless shelter and to receive admission to Georgetown University on a full scholarship. [Post]
- The District's largest homeless shelter, which houses 1,000 single adults, failed its recent fire inspection test. [Post]
- Georgetown Day School purchased the Tenleytown Safeway and a nearby car dealership as part of a massive expansion. [Housing Complex]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
The Gay Issue: Happy Pride Week! Our annual Gay Issue is on stands, and right here, now. This year's package features our abridged Encyclopedia of Gay D.C.-–a tribute to the ups and downs, ins and outs, and tops and bottoms of the D.C. LGBTQ community, from politics to parties to, of course, Pride.
Spliff Decisions: A comic showing the consequences of smoking pot on District land versus federal land.
Traffic Jam: D.C. area traffic increases commuting times by 24 percent. Thankfully, there are 14 cities in North and South American that have worse traffic.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? email@example.com)
- In wake of fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe's resignation announcement, David Catania and Muriel Bowser talk shift change proposal. [Post]
- Ward 7's Yvette Alexander says Ellerbe told her he wouldn't run against her. [LL]
- Backed by well-connected gay rights activist, wine bar owner Khalid Pitts kicks off his at-large bid. [LL]
- Vincent Orange's anti-wage theft bill passes its first Council vote. [DCist]
- Post ed board: District government should focus on planning the attorney general election, not fighting the appeals court ruling. [Post]
- With many goals achieved, what's left for gay activists in the District? [Post]
- Homeless shelter flunks its fire inspection. [Post]
- Jonetta Rose Barras: "Should a stadium be the District’s priority when its bridges are crumbling?" [Post]
- Marijuana decriminalization in the District, in comic form. [City Desk]
- Mayor Walter E. Washington gets the #tbt treatment. [WBJ]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A DDOT Q&A on the ambitious MoveDC plan. [Streetsblog part 1, part 2]
- D.C.-area traffic slows you down by 24 percent, but be glad we're not Rio. [City Desk]
- The homes that were razed to build the Anacostia Metro. [GGW]
- An interview with Anacostia High School's valedictorian, who lives at the D.C. General shelter. [Post]
- Washingtonians have better borrowing scores than residents of any state—and higher loans. [WBJ]
- How surface parking lots destroyed American downtowns. [CityLab]
- Today on the market: Mount Pleasant 1BR—$249,900
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? email@example.com)
- IT'S PRIDE. Find your perfect party with our flowchart. [Arts Desk]
- An account of the food- and animal-based performance art of Anya Liftig, who'll be at Delicious Spectacle on Saturday. [Peri0d]
- Listen to preview mixes from aLamont, Nadastrom & Sabo, Jen Lasher, Will Eastman, and other members of the Union BBQ lineup. [Arts Desk]
- Free concerts! All summer! [Post]
- For the anniversary of Edward Snowden's NSA leak, a dancey music video about government spying from self-described "hip-hop civil rights lawyer"Shahid Buttar [YouTube]
- Here's what the semi-finalists for the NoMa underpass art project have done in other spaces around the city. [DCist]
- Get an exclusive look at the National Gallery of Art's new Van Gogh under restoration before it goes on display this Sunday. [Arts Desk]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- An intern's guide to eating and drinking in D.C. [Post]
- Happy hours for every day of the week [Eater]
- The rise of gibberish restaurant names [Grub Street]
- Former DGS Delicatessen chef Barry Koslow heads to the W Hotel. [Washingtonian]
- Five new bars to check out in D.C. [Zagat]
- Brookland's Finest is opening Monday. [PoPville]