When will D.C. be an All-Star town?


Bryce Harper made it to the finals of the Home Run Derby but fell to Oakland’s Yoensis Cespedes. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Last night, Bryce Harper socked a bunch of dingers into the Queens atmosphere, falling just short of a Home Run Derby title at this year’s All-Star Game festivities at the New York Mets’ home. Could he someday soon return to the derby with homefield advantage? The Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that Nationals Park is expected to play host to professional sports’ premier all-star experience at some point soon, bringing Major League Baseball’s best to town for the first time since 1969: “The Nationals are well-positioned to host the game. Baseball has a vested interest in promoting the sport in Washington. The city’s all-star drought helps their case. Commissioner Bud Selig has told, and continues to tell, teams that if they open a new park, they will be placed in top consideration to host the game.” While the District may be “the place to be right now,” as mayoral spokesman Pedro Ribeiro puts it, the decision belongs to Selig alone.

In other news:

Petula Dvorak — yes, Petula Dvorak — says “the people of this city need Wal-Mart more than Wal-Mart needs us” (Post column)

Wal-Mart-funded group gets to work urging veto (@OConnellPostBizNew Columbia HeightsDCistHousing Complex)

There’s some D.C. government jobs that don’t pay a “living wage” (WRC-TV)

The lobbying behind the living-wage vote (WAMU-FM)

D.C.’s Wal-Mart fight in national context (AP)

New United Medical Center plan calls for “state-of-the-art hospital” through “significant renovation” or new construction (WBJ)

A “complete accounting” is needed from police in the Michael Kingsbury case (Post editorial)

Congressional review period for budget autonomy is almost up (WaTimes)

Harriet Tregoning and the end of Autopia (WRC-TV)

David Alpert’s rebuttal to the decision to back off on parking minimums (GGW)

H Street NE, where the bartenders know American Sign Language for Jagermeister (Post)

Judges are among those concerned about racial disparities in D.C. arrests (Legal Times)

Another paper’s editorial board wasn’t much pleased with the D.C. Council’s last meeting (InTowner)

Taxi color mandate begins Oct. 1 (WBJ)

D.C.’s contributions to the new regional transportation plan (GGW)

Charles Allen just wants to help you find Ward 6 info on Facebook (Loose Lips)

Site identified for D.C. Water move, paving way for ballpark-area movie theater (WBJ)

Some passive-aggressive coverage of recent parks planning sessions (InTowner)

A closer look at what Doug Jemal has planned for Uline Arena (GGW)

Feeling the Southeast love (WRC-TV via CHotR)

Help find these guys suspected in Saturday night shooting on Stanton Road (Post)

Three more shot nearby after domino game Tuesday morning (Post)

Adam Kokesh starts talking to judge, is released on bond (WJLA-TV)

Under Armour CEO reportedly buys $8 million Georgetown manse (Washingtonian)

The time has come: Just say AdMo (PoPville)

The District of Columbia was created 223 years ago today (WJLA-TV)

Good god, mumbo sauce could be … Canadian? (Post letter)

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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Mike DeBonis · July 15, 2013