District Line Daily: Marion Barry, According to Marion Barry
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Mayor-for-life Marion Barry's autobiography is out Tuesday. He uses the book to try to define his legacy not by the controversies of his decades in D.C. politics, but by his roles as a civil rights activist and crusader for black empowerment. Unfortunately, at least one critic says the "book is a mess."
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Councilmember (and mayoral candidate) David Catania will introduce an amendment to the 2015 budget to scrap the much maligned gym and yoga taxes. [WAMU]
- Want to see what the proposed D.C. Unite Stadium at Buzzard Point will look like? Here are the latest renderings. [Housing Complex]
- Shadow Sen. Michael Brown, who says he is tired of being ignored, is running for an at-large council seat. [Loose Lips]
- An investigation found a high number of suicide attempts inside D.C. prisons, indicating widespread mental illness. [News4]
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LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Early reviews aren't impressed with Marion Barry's autobiography. [Post, Post, NY Post]
- The Carol Schwartz comeback tour continues. [LL, Washingtonian]
- David Catania proposes amendment to eliminate the "yoga tax." [Times, WAMU]
- Charter board wants more oversight after school scandals. [Post]
- Shadow Sen. Michael Brown will run for an at-large seat. [LL, Post]
- Post ed board pushes back on party committees appointing attorney general nominees. [Post]
- What school boundary proposals mean for high schools. [Housing Complex]
- Council bill would turn unused city land into urban farms. [WAMU]
- The "Rent Is Too Damn High" guy sues the Board of Elections for not putting "damn" on the ballot. [LL]
- Transit union aims at streetcar. [WAMU]
- After court fight, Paul Zukerberg can finally get his petitions to run for attorney general. [DCist]
- What the D.C. United stadium looks like in new renderings. [Housing Complex]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener, is on vacation. (tips? email@example.com)
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mia Feuer will build a submerged gas station in the Anacostia River for this fall's 5x5 Project. [CityLab]
- In 1991, Fugazi played a Gulf War protest concert in front of the White House. That wouldn't be possible today. [Red Bull Music Academy]
- The only summer movie series east of the Anacostia is at St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion. [DCist]
- How Tune-Yards turns fussy, complex recordings into a communal live show [Post]
- Sharon Van Etten plays the 9:30 Club tomorrow, and she's a wonderful human being. [BYT]
- Washington National Opera's An American Soldier looks at the tragic case ofDanny Chen's alleged suicide. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman, is on vacation. (tips? email@example.com)