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Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 04/18/2012

DeMorning Links: Social incentives

City leaders are betting keeping LivingSocial in D.C. via tax incentives will pay off. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
It might be losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year right now, but LivingSocial is growing like gangbusters and it’s right here in D.C. And Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is aiming to keep it here, unveiling a $32.5 million tax incentive package to kick in three years from now. The Post’s Jonathan O’Connell and Tom Heath report: “By then the company, which has yet to turn a profit, expects to be operating in the black and to have hired an additional 1,000 people in the city. To maximize its savings, at least half of the new hires would be required to live in the District or move to the city within six months of being hired.” Says CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy, “We’ll make a commitment to the District if the District will make a commitment to us.”

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A possible compromise on extended bar hours: Only in non-residential areas (D.C. Wire)

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Local real estate bigwigs stand up for Bob Peck ... (Post)

... While Congress savages him (Post)

The D.C. government’s war on libraries? (Examiner)

D.C. Council moves emergency bill to ease gun registration requirements (WaTimes)

Man shot to death in Congress Heights (Homicide Watch)

Metro responds to safety concerns presented in Post op-ed (TBD)

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Board of Elections and Ethics is set to certify the primary results today (Post)

Pedicab drivers have mixed reactions to new Park Service regulations (WJLA-TV)

Arena Stage architect inked for new Woodridge Library (Housing Complex, Arts Desk)

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D.C. Vote sells the Hill on budget autonomy (WAMU-FM)

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Mary Cheh bill aims to encourage solar energy, electric vehicle charging stations (WAMU-FM)

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The defense rests in South Capitol Street shootings case (Crime Scene)

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A field guide to the Wardman style (UrbanTurf)

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