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The Springfield groper has struck again, this time in Fairfax County’s Kingstowne neighborhood. But new details from the crime could finally lead to the criminal’s arrest.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Mayor Vince Gray‘s new budget reflects the District’s boom times. [Loose Lips]
- Fire chief says he used bad fleet data for a year. [Examiner]
- D.C. police put video of nightclub shooting persons of interest online. [Post]
- Gray budget has $442 million for school construction. [Examiner]
- Metro general manager Richard Sarles gets his contract extended through 2016. [Examiner]
- Marion Barry to Park Service: Sorry for calling you “mofos.” [WTOP]
- Virginia heroin grandpa case ends in no deaths, but a conviction. [WTOP]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Page Three Photo.
Slowdown: After a big year, the D.C. arts commission’s budget is back at previous levels.
Trucked Up: Food truck operators say that new regulations will push them out of downtown.
Two Hats: The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is focusing more on business development and less on real estate.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com)
- Ken Ellerbe in the hot seat; about half of the city’s ambulance fleet doesn’t work; “I just don’t understand how the chief of the fire and EMS department would not know how many vehicles are available,” says Phil Mendelson. [STATter911]
- Marion Barry apologizes that his twitter account called the Park Service a Bambi-killing “MoFo.” [Post]
- Vince Gray’s pal Thomas Gore, the assiduous notetaker-of-illegal-payments-to-Sulaimon-Brown/destroyer of said notes, is set to be sentenced this summer. [Post]
- Declining enrollment doesn’t appear to be a factor in D.C.’s school building bonanza. [Examiner]
- Gray wants $103 million overhaul of MLK Library. [Post]
- Gray wants to redevelop UMC. [WBJ]
- Elissa Silverman wants restaurant workers to have paid sick leave, restaurant group says no thanks. [WBJ]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The mayor’s budget proposal is full of transportation goodies. [GGW]
- Crestwood vacation rental runs into trouble with neighbors, and the law. [DCist]
- Living near Nationals Park is expensive. [UrbanTurf]
- Apparently this is something of a trend. [Atlantic Cities]
- Basketball’s also good for our economy. [WJLA]
- D.C.’s suffering from the lack of a school buildings plan. [Examiner]
- Douglas Development plans a makeover for Blagden Alley. [UrbanTurf]
- Vince Gray‘s budget maintains lower traffic violation fines. [GGW]
- A sneak peek inside the not-yet-open Capitol Riverfront Gordon Biersch. [JDLand]
- How do we get more families to bike? [GGW]
- Today on the market: A modest slice of Congress Heights
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)