Lunch links: Not enough money
No money to save trees: Invasive vines are killing trees along the GW Parkway, but NPS has far too little money to cut the vines. (Post)
DDOE inspectors solicit bribes: 2 inspectors from the DC Department of the Environment allegedly asked for bribes in exchange for overlooking hazardous waste disposal problems. (Examiner)
Got $20 million lying around?: A federal law requiring union wages for public works only in DC or on federal property might also apply to CityCenterDC, a private project on publicly-owned land. If upheld, this would cost DC $20 million and likely make all economic development projects in DC far more expensive. (Post)
College Park needs CaBi: Would a CaBi "satellite system" not really connected to the main DC/Arlington one work in College Park? Mark Noll now believes it would after attending a forum last week. There's still no money for one, though. (RTCP)
Real estate too pricey for third places?: Why aren't there more "third places" like coffee shops, and why are many that exist closing (like the Georgetown B&N? Maybe the rent is too high. (Extraordinary Observations)
Is a painted "stop" a sign?: A driver turned into the path of a cyclist at Lynn Street and the Custis Trail in Rosslyn. There's a painted "stop" but no stop sign on the trail, and an officer cited the cyclist for "failing to obey a highway sign." (ARLnow) ... WashCycle says the officer is completely wrong.
Bus driver throws rider to ground: A video shows a bus driver roughly shoving a passenger off the bus and to the ground. What was going on? Was there background not shown on the video? Or is this just a really, really inappropriate behavior? (TBD)
And...: The Metro map forms typographical art. (DCist) ... Two people on bikes shoot at a car with guns. (Post) ... DCPS is making changes to Impact. (Examiner)Have a tip for the links or the US Attorney? Submit it here.
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- Reports of Metro track defects sat in a database without action for years. One reason: Poor training.