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District Line Daily: No Bending on “Yoga Tax”

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Council Chair Phil Mendelson says, despite backlash from the D.C. gym industry, he's sticking with the proposed "Yoga Tax." The D.C. Council already gave preliminary approval to the expanded sales tax proposal and will vote on the measure a second and final time on June 11.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A Democratic Virginia state senator will reportedly resign today so that his daughter can be appointed a judge and so that he can serve as deputy director of the state tobacco commission. This maneuver will at least temporarily give Republican senators the ability to block Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to 400,000 low-income Virginians. [Post]
  • The anti-gay Westboro Church picketed outside Wilson High School this morning. The students came out in big numbers for a counter-protest. [News4]
  • After the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles directed Uber and Lyft to stop operating in the commonwealth, Uber says it will cover the costs for any of its drivers who are cited for disobeying the order. [City Desk]
  • Four people were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning after an argument broke out on the unit block of M Street NE. [Post]

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

The Gay Issue: Our annual Gay Issue features the 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.

Lunch Break: Starting June 17, CityCenterDC will have a farmers' market every Tuesday.

War on Cars? What does DDOT's MoveDC plan mean for drivers.

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

  • What the MoveDC plan means for drivers. [Housing Complex]
  • Politically influential Bishop Charles Matthew Hudson Jr. won't run for an at-large seat after all. [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson hasn't been swayed by yoga tax critics. [LLWAMU]
  • The District would be $3 billion richer if it could tax everything.  [WBJ]
  • Post ed board: move it along, Ron Machen. [Post]
  • Robert McCartney continues chorus on columnists pointing out that prosecutors had to name Vince Gray in court. [Post]
  • Colby King says Bowser faces disaffected voters. [Post]
  • What's ahead for the interim fire chief. [Times]
  • Sunday car crash into the Anacostia River turns fatal. [Post]
  • Argument leaves four people shot, but all living.

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

  • Apartments in D.C. are shrinking. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C. developer Jim Adbo aims to remake Little Washington. [Post]
  • Mapping D.C.'s historic and not-so-historic buildings. [GGW]
  • CityCenterDC gets a farmers market. [Y&H]
  • Most Metro stations have bathrooms; they're just very difficult to find. [Post]
  • Without exemptions or deductions, D.C. would gain $3 billion in tax revenue. [WBJ]
  • CCNV shelter cited for faulty fire system. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Rough-around-the-edges 16th Street Heights rowhouse—$475,000

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

  • Behind the scenes of the Kennedy Center's Side Show, with some really freaky costumes and make-up [YouTube]
  • Former diplomat Jeff Stacey on becoming one of D.C.'s biggest jazz promoters [DCist]
  • District Clay is showing ceramic work from its students in a new gallery. [East City Art]
  • Anne Midgette on the sexism of male opera critics who bash on female performers' bodies [Post]
  • A pop-up concert photography exhibit will open at Georgetown's Hill & Dale record store. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Summer festivals worth a trip outside the city [Express]
  • Holly Bass choreographed a ballet with trash trucks and sanitation workers for the D.C. Truck Touch. [Post]

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

  • Seasonal Pastry chef plans to shut down Shaw spot and open new concept, tentatively called Farm to Long Table, in Little Washington. [Post]
  • Bowling alley and restaurant Pinstripes opening another location in Rockville. [Eater]
  • Best gay bars in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Check out Argonaut's new retractable patio covering [PoPville]
  • Get a doughnut on a stick from Mac's Donuts at the Arlington farmers' market. [NoVa Mag]
  • David Chang calls Rose's Luxury "the real deal." [Twitter]
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