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District Line Daily: Hooked By Police

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The D.C. Police Department is using high-risk sting operations in which undercover police officers lure people they think are likely to commit robberies. In the last two years, this tactic has led to the convictions of more than a dozen men in federal court.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The granddaughter of the former owner of the Pigskins who gave the team its name, George P. Marshall, says the team name needs to change. [Post]
  • Donald Trump plans to break ground today on his $200 million hotel at the Old Post Office Building. [News4]
  • A look at the most dangerous intersections in D.C., with New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE topping the list. [Post]
  • Local foster families are sheltering Central American refugees. [WAMU]

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

Compensatory Damages: The District spent workers' compensation money on its general budget. So why is D.C.'s workers' compensation still such a mess? Our latest cover story investigates.

BikeDC: Could D.C. be getting its very own bike factory?

Service Journalism: What a WCP reporter witnessed after watching 25 straight hours of performance art at DC Arts Center.

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

  • Cops use controversial stings to catch would-be robbers. [Post]
  • Texas firm partnered with ex-city administrator Robert Bobb to study the D.C. United stadium deal. [Post]
  • National gay group backs candidate in at-large, State Board of Education races. [LL]
  • D.C. Vote urges residents to treat pot-hating Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) like their councilmember at Thursday constituent service day. [City DeskPost]
  • District colleges harsh marijuana decriminalization buzz. [WAMU]
  • Georgetown ANC considers moves against street dumpsters. [Georgetown Dish]
  • Who needs a streetcar when you have a pedicab? [City Desk]
  • Post ed board: DCPS and charters need to coordinate better on locations.
  • Police publicize video of robbery of murdered convenience store owner James Oh. [Post]

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

  • Should the city block multi-unit conversions when neighbors support them? [GGW]
  • Blagden Alley development hits a snag in historic preservation review. [UrbanTurf]
  • Howard University interim president is now Howard University president. [DCist]
  • This is what Anacostia revitalization looks like. [CHOTR]
  • Park View church-to-residential conversion, held up by historic status, gets zoning OK. [UrbanTurf]
  • The bicycle lobby strikes. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: Deanwood 4BR house—$349,500

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

  • Nudity, vomiting, and lots of feelings: what our reporter witnessed during 25 straight hours of performance art at DC Arts Center [Arts Desk]
  • Barack Obama will award WAMU's Diane Rehm with the National Humanities Medal. [DCist]
  • The secret to selling out a Capital Fringe show? Serve booze and talk about sex. [Post]
  • Sarah Schaffer and Ben Richter of the Communiverse on putting on house shows and planning the inaugural In It Together Fest [BYT]
  • A D.C. judge will allow a group of activists to testify against the Corcoran's dissolution. What happens if they win? [Arts Desk]
  • Meet SlimKat78 and Kev Brown, two producers making notable local tracks. [Bandwidth]
  • "Get on Up," a James Brown biopic, premiered at the Newseum. [Post]

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

  • 12 restaurants worth a drive to the suburbs [Thrillist]
  • Seasonal Pantry plans a fried chicken and doughnut pop-up [Washingtonian]
  • Chef Troy Williams to open two spots on H Street NW [WBJ]
  • Customers steal the wallpaper at Le Diplomate. [Eater]
  • Meet D.C.'s 10-year-old chef: Luca Trabocchi [Post]
  • Gluten-free bakers organize happy hour. [Zagat]
  • Pret a Manger coming soon to Capitol Hill. [PoPville]
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