Breakfast links: Overtime, over budget, overdrive
Metro workers pulling long hours: 337 WMATA employees earned more than $40,000 extra in overtime. Overtime work is often cheaper than hiring an additional employee, but only to a point. (Examiner)
Silver Line funding still in question: In return for MWAA's cost-saving decision to build an aerial station at Dulles, the authority wants Virginia to contribute $500 million to the Silver Line project. Virginia transportation secretary Sean Connaughton responded, "We don't have it, and we have no intention of giving it." (Post)
AAA still fighting for speeders: AAA is upset about another speed camera, this one in College Park, and claims it's placed illegally. Officials say AAA doesn't understand the law and the cameras have slowed down speeders. (Post)
Program matches parents for carpools: A new online service created by MWCOG matches parents who can carpool to area schools. It's starting with 8 schools and hopes to expand to many more. (Examiner)
What's "just right" for porch height: There's a specific geometric relationship between the height of front porches and railings, the presence of fences or hedges, and whether the porch stimulates or hinders active street life. (Steve Mouzon, Geoff Hatchard)
MLK Memorial will open to all: NPS rebuffed the mayor's proposed "DC Day" at the MLK Memorial. DC Day will be open to everyone as national parks are open to everyone regardless of a visitor's residency. (Post)
Arlington marks scandal and intrigue: The county installed a historical marker outside the Rosslyn garage where Mark Felt, a.k.a. "Deep Throat," revealed details of the Watergate break in to Post reporter Bob Woodward. (Post)
Satire map plots stereotypes: A map of DC overlaid with neighborhood stereotypes has sparked some controversy. (SocialStudiesDC, TBD) ... It's just a joke. (DCist)
Could an overlay stop more churches on RI Ave?: Rhode Island Avenue is filled with storefront churches and may get one more. RI Ave Insider suggests a neighborhood commercial overlay, to give residents more input into redevelopment. Or will it run into trouble with RLUIPA, a federal law about churches and zoning? (City Paper)
And...: Dirt excavated at the CityCenterDC project has been trucked to a landfill in Prince George's County. (City Paper) ... Urbana is deploying goats to eat invasive plants. (TBD) ... Councilmember Marion Barry was caught parking in an Anacostia crosswalk. (City Paper)Have a tip or cheeky map for the links? Submit it here.
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