Scholarships get slashed


Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) has been a long supporter of the Tuition Assistance Grant program. (The Washington Post)

For the District, Wednesday’s House appropriations markup was a good-news, bad-news affair. The good news, as the Post’s Ben Pershing reports, was that congressional Republicans didn’t place any riders on city spending that didn’t already exist — maintaining, in particular, the ban on government funding of abortions for low-income women. But the nonbinding report language rejecting the April budget autonomy referendum remains, and the committee took the meat ax to a beloved federal program allowing D.C. students to attend out-of-state public universities at in-state prices. Funding for Tuition Assistance Grants, Ben reports, have been cut in half from current levels. Do note that the Senate is unlikely to concur.

In other news:

Props to ethics board for sanctioning Marion Barry and showing “hopeful signs for setting a new tone of government conduct” (Post editorial)

Can Segs in the City take down the District’s tour-guide-licensing regime? (City Paper)

Jeff Thompson is in no rush to pay the hospitals and doctors his health care firm hung out to dry (WBJ)

No Silver Line this year (Post)

How D.C. politicians learned to stop worrying and love the ganja (Loose Lips)

AFL-CIO boss: “Wal-Mart … got uptight, came in with guns blazing, made it about them when it isn’t” (Informer)

When it comes to attracting businesses to D.C., “some seem to think that no obstacle is too great to bear” (Blade)

What can be done to resurrect Parkway Overlook? (Housing Complex)

After rec center incident, Adrian Fenty’s daughter was quickly returned to relatives (WJLA-TV)

Former McKinley Tech teacher pleads guilty to porn charge (Post)

Doesn’t sound like the Caribbean parade is coming back to Georgia Avenue anytime soon (Arts Desk)

Let the courts settle the $16 million Pepco tax dispute (DCFPI)

MLK Library’s “digital commons” includes a 3-D printer! (DCist)

Vince Gray says he’ll look at toughening drug paraphernalia enforcement (Informer)

Public campaign financing works in plenty of other places, supporters note (Blade)

What D.C. would look like under the latest GOP retrocession pipe dream (Housing Complex)

Google expands into new space near Union Station (Capital Business)

LGBT center will open in Reeves Center Sept. 1 (Blade)

Three shot, two killed on Ridge Road SE in Ward 7 (Post)

Woman was sexually assaulted Tuesday night in Tenleytown (Post)

Stabbing on Stanton Road injures woman’s ear (WaTimes)

DDOT is using a novel permeable asphalt for some sidewalks (GGW)

EastBanc paid nearly $2 million for the Georgetown post office (WBJ)

Reston firm will run D.C. health exchange’s call center (WBJ)

The 18th Amendment, Capitol Hill fixture, will close July 27 (PoPville)

Uniontown Bar & Grill has reopened as Cedar Hill Bar & Grill (CHotR@CharlesWilsonDC)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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Mike DeBonis · July 17, 2013