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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 06/06/2012

DeMorning Links: Better cabs soon?

The rainbow of cab colors could be eliminated under the council bill. (Rachel Karas - WASHINGTON POST)
Rejoice, taxi riders, for the city is a step closer to requiring cabs to have credit card readers, satellite navigation and more. The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a reform bill that promises to seriously upgrade taxi service. But a second vote looms, and a cadre of council members is hoping to attach a controversial medallion system to the bill. And difficulties remain in figuring out how to pay for all the upgrades.

In other news:

Quite a day for Kwame Brown, who had to apologize for shoving a reporter and beat back rumors of his impending resignation (Post, WTOP, Loose Lips, WUSA-TV, Loose Lips, WJLA-TV, WTTG-TV, WAMU-FM)

Robert Spagnoletti pledges to avoid conflicts of interest as ethics board chair (Post, Examiner, Blade, WaTimes, Legal Times, Examiner, WRC-TV)

The D.C. Council responds to Secure Communities enforcement (Post)

House GOP budget contains little change to District outlays, no change to abortion restriction (Post)

Philip Kennicott: “[M]oving the Corcoran is likely to lead to a slow, excruciating demise.” (Post)

Jonetta Rose Barras offers Spagnoletti her seal of approval (Examiner)

We have a fiscal 2013 budget (Examiner, WaTimes)

Adrian Fenty made it to the British Embassy’s Diamond Jubilee garden party (Reliable Source)

”It’s good news that federal prosecutors are seeking information related to the District’s efforts to award a lottery contract.” (Post editorial)

Attrition thins out Michelle Rhee’s crop of true-believer principals (D.C. Schools Insider, Examiner)

Metro again accused of religious discrimination (Examiner)

What Cathy Lanier’s planning to read this summer (Post)

Council gives initial approval to tattoo shop regulations (DCist)

Mortgage concerns have complicated inclusionary zoning rollout (Housing Complex)

Tom Sherwood: “Less than 18 months into Mayor Vincent Gray’s term in office, the race is on to succeed him.” (WRC-TV)

Vet with guns got lost in D.C. jail (WaTimes)

Meet the owners of Georgetown’s priciest houses (Washingtonian)

Budget includes $3 million bump to tourism agency’s budget (Capital Business)

First transgender residents confirmed to Human Rights Commission (Blade)

The Obama hoagie bump (HuffPo)

Diesel fuel spilled into harbor near fish wharf (WJLA-TV)

The life of a D.C. dominatrix (Washingtonian)

Alleged knife murderer was high on PCP, prosecutors say (Post)

DNA testing at issue in Michael Davis case (AP)

Grand jury will hear about March IHOP shooting (Metro Weekly)

A compromise on Wilson pool lanes (HuffPo)

Record store owner sick of selling records, will close Adams Morgan shop (Arts Desk)

Park View has a new welcome sign (Park View DC)

When beer growlers were a menace (Ghosts of D.C.)

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