Breakfast links: Quick expiration
Once you pop, the scandals don't stop: Andi Pringle, Mayor Gray's new deputy chief of staff, resigned after only 10 days. Pringle admitted to voting in DC while living in Maryland. ... Chiefs of staff tend not to hang around too long. (City Paper)
Driver intentionally hits cyclist: A pickup truck driver intentionally hit a cyclist on Rhode Island Avenue, knocking him to the ground. WABA says the law is inadequate to deal with this and is pushing a private right of action for intentional cyclist assault.
House bill doesn't cut Metro funding: The initial House transportation appropriations bill does include WMATA's $150 million for repairs this year, Bob McCartney notes. House Republicans tried to cut it in an earlier round, but it survived in the final agreement. It's on page 37 of the bill text.
Silver Line snippets: Rep. Frank Wolf inserted language into an appropriations bill to give Virginia the majority of seats on the MWAA board. Meanwhile, the feds are close to committing funding to the second phase of the Silver Line. (Examiner)
Don't photograph anything in DC: DC police want online tipsters to report "suspicious" activities, including, "Taking photographs or videos of security features, such as security cameras or security check points." Since every federal building includes an abundance of security cameras and checkpoints, every innocent tourist will now be under suspicion.
Mark Center: planning disaster, terror disaster: A recent report cites the vulnerability of Mark Center to a truck bombing. DoD relocated many employees from transit-rich locations in Arlington to the transit-poor Mark Center to reduce leasing costs. (Time)
Cathedral crane crashes: A crane repairing earthquake damage at the National Cathedral tipped over yesterday and crashed onto several buildings. Only the crane operator was hurt. (Post)
Great Streets delay elicits ire: Mayor Gray's plan to reduce funding for the Great Streets project on Lower Georgia Avenue has upset residents who are now petitioning the Council to prevent the cut. (TBD)
And...: It's taking longer to inspect and modernize Metro's escalators. (Examiner) ... Drunk driving wasn't always considered a serious danger. (TBD) ... A third farmers market opens east of the Anacostia. (DCist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Redeveloping McMillan is the only way to save it
- Endless zoning update delay hurts homeowners
- DDOT agrees to repave 15th Street cycle track
- Vienna Metro town center won't have a town center