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The D.C. Cannabis Campaign says it has collected twice the number of required signatures to get its pot legalization bill on the ballot this November. If D.C. voters approve the initiative—and it's allowed to go into effect—it would be legal to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, grow up to six plants, and share—not sell—up to an ounce of marijuana to anyone 21 or older.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Miss the fireworks in D.C. this year? Here they are in less than a minute. [Post]
  • Former D.C. Mayor Tony Williams endorsed Muriel Bowser for mayor. [WAMU]
  • The D.C. Fire Department responded to 17 outdoor fires after dark on July 4. [Post]
  • The District located enough funds to build a playground at the D.C. General homeless shelter. [WAMU]

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

D.C. Punks: D.C. almost lost its Fort Reno concert series this summer. Our latest cover story looks at why it was canceled, why it was uncanceled, and what the fight was really about.

Presidential Disruption: President Barack Obama visited D.C.'s 1776 tech hub Thursday.

The Breaks: The latest in DMV hip-hop news.

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

  • Muriel Bowser lands the Tony Williams endorsement. [Post,WAMU]
  • Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson says haphazard charter planning could lead to schools cannibalizing each other. [Post]
  • Insurance group sues over fee meant to support the District's health exchange. [Post]
  • What's ahead for interim fire chief Eugene A. Jones. [Post]
  • District settles with alleged school food whistblower for $450,000. [Post]
  • Post ed board backs Phil Pannell in the Ward 8 State Board of Education special election. [Post]
  • And says the street in front of the Chinese embassy should be renamed after a dissident. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh bill would let animal control officers use their sirens in some situations. [Post]
  • Barack Obama visits the 1776 tech incubator. [Housing Complex]
  • Despite calls to close the shelter, the District finds the money to back a playground at D.C. General. [WAMU]
  • Three plead guilty in drive-by shooting. [WAMU]
  • More on Republican chairman candidate Kris Hammond's candidacy. [Post]
  • What an "elegant" streetcar facility looks like. [WBJ]
  • The Silver Line, explainer style. [Post]
  • 17 fires reported in the District on July 4. [Post]

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

  • Dupont's Patterson Mansion is being chopped into 92 units intended for wealthy Millennials. [CityLab]
  • A Rosslyn Metro bypass won't happen, but a second Rosslyn station could. [PlanItMetro]
  • Congress threatens to cut funding for DHS headquarters at St. Elizabeths. [Post]
  • Home prices are rising fast in 16th Street Heights. [UrbanTurf]
  • How D.C. can conduct, and learn from, bike lane pilot projects. [Streetsblog]
  • A bike escalator for 15th Street NW? Not likely. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Cleveland Park colonial—$2,495,000

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

  • Summer playlists of homegrown music from some local music lovers (including yours truly) [D.C. Music Download]
  • In and out of the National Building Museum's new maze in just six minutes [Washingtonian] [DCist]
  • Remembering Rodney King as Woolly Mammoth stages a play on his life [Post]
  • Albert Paley's got a career retrospective up at the Corcoran, but you can see his works all over the city. [Express]
  • Photos of Logic at the Fillmore Silver Spring [Bandwidth]
  • A rundown of this year's Capital Fringe venues [Post]

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

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  • Anon

    The CityLab link on the Patterson Mansion is wrong, it goes to Obama's 1776 visit.

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