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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 03/02/2012

DeMorning Links: Hail to the Redskins?

The Hill East site’s proximity to historic RFK Stadium holds much of its appeal for a Redskins facility. (Nancy Andrews - THE WASHINGTON POST)
It’s for real, folks: “District officials are mounting the most serious effort in 15 years to lure the Washington Redskins back to the city, proposing to host a team headquarters and training center not far from the site of many of the team’s most storied triumphs,” Jonathan O’Connell and I are reporting today. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) have a site in mind — the northernmost 30 acres of the Hill East development site — and they are in ongoing talks with team officials. But there’s no telling if this offer will be compelling to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who could find larger and less complicated tracts of land elsewhere. The plan is certainly not compelling to leaders in the surrounding neighborhood, wary that a football facility would mean scuttling long-laid development plans.

In other news:

The D.C. Council wades into unfamiliar territory: relaxing gun laws (WaTimes)

Cherry Blossom peak likely to come early this year (Post)

Capital Bikeshare on its way to mall after Planning Commission vote (Examiner)

A very good, very long profile of bar maven Joe Englert (Washingtonian)

The beginning of the end, or just the beginning, for National Mall gravel? (Examiner)

Harry Jaffe: “If the mayor or city council are serious about bring the team back to D.C., they should demand a new name. Anything less would be hypocritical and insulting.” (Examiner)

“If it would not have been for Frank maybe I would have been one of those kids committing suicide because I’m gay.” (Blade)

Not enough parking for city offices in Southwest’s Waterfront Station (WJLA-TV)

Some Glover Park residents actually want more bars and restaurants (Housing Complex)

Are strict Certificate of Need regulations good for the District’s health care system? (WBJ)

What it’s like to distribute condoms at Catholic University (City Paper)

Breathalyzers might not be in service, but drunk drivers are still getting convicted (Legal Times)

Fishy Fire Truck figure nominated to Prince George’s cabinet post (WaTimes)

Muriel Bowser wants Gray to fund the full Metro subsidy (Dr. Gridlock)

If you want to vote in the April 3 primary, best check your party status now (DCist)

USA Today checks in on DCPS cheating allegations (USA Today)

D.C.’s health care data exchange might be saved after all (WBJ)

Hundreds of Nationals Park parking spaces remain unclaimed by season ticket holders (JDLand)

Food truck sales tax headed for full council vote (Examiner)

How technology is helping D.C. police keep murder count down (GGW)

In Barney Circle, “a tight community vibe ... on the wane”? (Post)

New park and community garden planned west of Washington Hospital Center (PoP)

Part 3 of the Adrian Fenty biocartoon: His time as an ANC commissioner! (The Root DC)

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