Partnered for preservation


Workers install industrial-strength netting as a precautionary measure against falling limestone at the Washington National Cathedral following the 2011 earthquake. (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The results are in: Ten projects in the District of Columbia won significant grants through the American Express-backed Partners in Preservation contest — starting with Washington National Cathedral, which received the most votes and will now get $100,000 to repair its earthquake-damaged ceiling. Other grantees include: All Souls Church Unitarian Church, winner of $50,000 to repair its bell tower; Dumbarton Oaks, winner of $50,000 to repair various garden structures; Meridian Hill Park, which won $50,000 to repair some of the unique aggregate concrete there; and Metropolitan AME Church, which won $90,000 to restore stained glass windows. If only we could do this every year: PiP now moves on to a new city.

In other news:

Turns out Ron Machen has bigger problems than Vincent Gray (AP)

Five D.C. firefighters are place don desk duty after allegedly criticizing cops on Facebook (WRC-TV)

Report: Those arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors should not be held in jail (Post)

Council could vote on key health insurance exchange issues next week (PostWBJ)

The case against restricting the small-business market to the exchange (HuffPo)

“Hi, I’m Tommy Wells. I’m gonna be your next mayor.” (And, yes, I’m white.) (WUSA-TV)

Let the speculation on his Ward 6 replacement begin (Examiner)

Red Line crash memorial waits on National Park Service bureaucracy (Examiner)

Some portions of the city budget are “opaque,” Jonetta discovers. But deliberately so? (Examiner column)

Controversial shelter rules included in Gray budget will be dealt with separately (Post)

Go-go band TCB is percussona non grata at a growing list of clubs (WaTimes)

Kwame Brown is a freer man (City Desk)

“Metro can’t so easily distance itself from its own culpability in enabling Mr. Graham’s questionable conduct” (Post editorial)

City is being sued over documents from David Gregory gun case (Legal Insurrection)

Council hears testimony on proposed playground smoking ban (WRC-TV)

Study will look at ways to improve Eastern Market Metro plaza (WBJ)

Central Union Mission is moving out, for real this time (PoPville)

Pro-living-wage protesters rallied in front of the Wilson Building Monday (WAMU-FM)

Body plucked from Potomac near Key Bridge was indeed Maryland fisherman, testing determines (Post)

“Cyclists are special and do have their own rules” (GGW)

Cute kids rally to save Glover Park ice cream shop (DCist)

Is D.C.’s new anti-”Spice” campaign just Reefer Madness 2013? (HuffPo)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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