Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/12/2012

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Politicians are spitballing more skyline diversity. (Toni L. Sandys - The Washington Post)
Could some D.C. buildings get taller? Loosening the now-century-old Height of Buildings Act has been discussed before to no avail, but The Post’s Tim Craig reports that Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is now in talks with key congressional leaders, including Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) about relaxing the requirements. Says Issa, “The question is, ‘Should a federal prohibition be loosened to allow them to make those decisions in concert with historical groups?’ And my general feeling is, ‘Yes.’ ” Says Gray, “We haven’t come to any firm conclusions, but we are definitely talking about it. It would help hugely with economic development.” Two changes are contemplated: A modest, story-or-two increase in downtown building heights, and more dramatic increases in outlying parts of the city.

In other news:

The cold, hard math of D.C.’s Emancipation Day (Post)

“Hot cars,” quantified (Examiner)

Staind’s Aaron Lewis sports a banned DCFD T-shirt in new video (STATter911)

Some 5,000 ballots will be counted Friday to decide the at-large council race (WTOP)

“Who will rescue the D.C. voucher program this time?” (Post editorial)

Accused shooter in South Capitol Street shootings says it wasn’t him (Post)

National Coalition to Save Our Mall chairwoman: Ike memorial betrays the L’Enfant and McMillan plans (Post letter)

Protective Services chief says he was fired for bogus reasons (City Paper)

More on D.C. Council opposition to furlough repayments (Examiner)

Proselytizing Metro operator? Merely a “non-standard announcement” (DCist)

DCPS’s “Proving What’s Possible” grants offer up to $400,000 to schools in need of help (D.C. Schools Insider, Examiner)

Ex-police officer who lied about witnessing murder pleads guilty (WTTG-TV)

Ex-probation officer convicted of giving fake alibi for gun-toting boyfriend (Crime Scene)

Greater Greater Ward 5 candidate: Kenyan McDuffie (GGW)

McDuffie’s hoping early endorsements set him apart (WaTimes)

Peter Rosenstein explains last week’s low-but-average turnout (Blade)

What federal cuts could mean for key social programs D.C. families rely on (Poverty & Policy)

In green buildings, we’re No. 2! (EnergyStar)

Streetcar update meeting tonight (AP)

Fatal shooting Wednesday evening in Kingman Park (Crime Scene)

Suspected meth lab raided in Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights (Crime Scene)

JBG abandons hotel for 13th and U site (Borderstan)

Adios again, Shotty (All We Can Eat)

Special investigation: Why does Teddy always lose? (WTOP)

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