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District Line Daily: Michael Brown, Still Fighting

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Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown, who is currently in jail, is still fighting the D.C. ethics board's charges against him—charges that could result in large fines. Documents show he is arguing the city's ethics rules "do not cover the circumstances of an FBI sting operation."

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Washington football team players showed their solidarity with Ferguson, Mo., Monday night, walking onto the field with their arms raised and palms forward, the sign for "don't shoot." [WAMU]
  • Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman near the Petworth Metro station Sunday night. [Post]
  • The police union will endorse David Catania for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • IRS agents seized documents from the troubled and mismanaged Park Southern housing complex in Ward 8 last week, the closest thing that mayoral hopeful Muriel Bowser has to a political scandal. [Loose Lips]

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

Rent is Still Damn High: If there's so many new apartments being built in the city, why is there still a housing shortage? Most people can't afford the new units being built.

Petition Parlay: The at-large council candidates scrap over petitions. Also, someone forges Mayor Vince Gray's signature.

Uber vs. Corner Stores: Forget taxis, Uber is now trying to corner the corner store market.

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

  • Police union endorses David Catania for mayor. [LLPost]
  • At-large candidate Brian Hart challenges rival Kishan Putta's petitions. [LL]
  • IRS seizes finance records connected to Muriel Bowser's supporters operations of Park Southern housing complex. [LLPost, NBC4, WAMU]
  • Michael Brown, now in prison, doesn't want to pay his ethics fine. [Post]
  • Whites victims in majority of reported race hate crimes in 2013. [Times]
  • High-end apartments leave affordable housing lacking. [WBJ]
  • Home prices hit record levels. [WBJ]
  • Schools boss Kaya Henderson will soon be on Georgetown University's board. [Post]

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

  • Kids: Does D.C. really need them? [Post]
  • Besides, it costs $342,552 to raise a child in D.C. [NerdWallet]
  • New FBI headquarters? Metro says bring it on. (Especially in Greenbelt.) [PlanItMetro]
  • Vacant house on P Street NW collapses. [WJLA]
  • In Honest Tea experiment, D.C. moves from least honest to most improved. [USA Today]
  • More than twice as many people born in D.C. move to Maryland than stay in D.C. [NYT]
  • Today on the market: Deanwood rental house—$270,000

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

  • Viewed from the top of the Washington Monument, the National Portrait Gallery's fall installation made of dirt and sand will look like a big face. [Post]
  • Ian MacKaye on self-destruction, looking up to Ted Nugent, and why Dischord's still around after 33 years [Bandwidth]
  • Big surprise: Bao Bao won the Smithsonian's internal competition for the most iconic item in its collection. [DCist]
  • Four local musicians on pursuing their art as a full-time profession [D.C. Music Download]
  • Marion Barry grabbed the mic for a rendition of "Stormy Monday" at Takoma's Republic on Monday. [Young & Hungry]
  • Pro tips for winning Wolf Trap's Sound of Music sing-along and costume contest this Saturday [Post]
  • Carrie's prom scene, but with a little less blood: Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters do that whole ice bucket thing. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Photos of United Nations, Frameworks, and Black Clouds at the Rock & Roll Hotel [BYT]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman  (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The state of the D.C. beer scene in 2014 [DC Beer]
  • The best happy hours in 15 D.C. neighborhoods. [Thrillist]
  • Master Chinese chef Peter Chang to open restaurant in Rockville Town Square. [Post]
  • Mr. Smith's will relocate to Chadwicks, which will close. [Eater]
  • Maple in Columbia Heights now has a back patio. [PoPville]
  • Revisiting D.C.'s mainstay restaurants. [Zagat]
  • Chefs start to see real cost savings from kitchen gardens. [WBJ]
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