Meet the new boss

September 4, 2013

Jeff Bezos, center, meets with members of the newsroom staff on Tuesday. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post started officially moving into the Jeff Bezos era Tuesday with a visit from the new billionaire owner, who toured the newsroom and attended the afternoon news meeting ahead of a town-hall-style discussion with reporters and editors today. The good news for D.C. area news consumers: Bezos told the Post’s Paul Farhi that he plans to give the paper significant “runway” — that is, financial resources to use for experimentation and investment in news-delivery innovation. The uncertain news: It is thus far unknown what role local coverage will play into Bezos’s plans: “That’s a question that needs to be answered in concert with the leadership team of The Post,” he told Farhi. “Is it local? Or national? Is it something new? … Whatever the mission is, it has news at its heart.”

In other news:

Vincent Gray is mum on living-wage bill as he highlights sequestration impacts (PostWAMU-FMWaTimesWashingtonianLoose LipsWBJWTOP)

“Mr. Gray should resist pressure from special interests that want to use government to hobble their competition” (Post editorial)

Target has been in talks about a downtown store, but it is unclear if living-wage bill will have any effect (Capital Business)

Jack Evans: “Depending on how this all shakes out, either way, I think Walmart should continue to build those stores” (WJLA-TV)

Evans might be Vince Gray’s No. 1 fan (Loose Lips)

Howard University is now officially shopping its hospital (WBJ)

By the math, the baseball stadium wasn’t “worth it,” and the soccer stadium won’t be, either (GGW)

Taxi drivers rush to meet credit-card-reader mandate (WJLA-TV)

President Obama appoints Eisenhower Memorial critic to Eisenhower Memorial commission (WAMU-FM)

Matias Molina, 49, was found stabbed to death just north of the Park Police station in Rock Creek Park (PostWUSA-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton said, if she could, she might vote in favor of Syrian attack out of loyalty to Obama (Newsbusters)

Police on heightened alert amid Syria debate, but no specific threats (WAMU-FM)

Taxicab Commission: The Documentary (DCist)

Landlord is looking to evict troubled TruOrleans restaurant (Young & Hungry)

It ain’t easy making money as a small landlord in D.C. (Where We Live)

Hizzoner and public safety deputy don’t have much to say about police boat crash caught on tape (Washingtonian)

Why recess is important: It can help kids learn better (Post)

D.C. lawyer tries and fails to sue over LeBron James paternity claims (WBJ)

Superior Court’s mental health diversion program works, study finds (Legal Times)

Does the District’s anti-SLAPP law need some tweaks? (Lexology)

Musicians remember 9:30 Club’s Josh Burdette (YouTubeDCist)

Dead U.-Va. sorority member had been partying at Queens Chapel Road megaclub (WRC-TV)

Spate of car break-ins in Costco parking lot (Post)

You can now take a water taxi from the Mall to National Harbor (WBJ)

Check out the incomplete St. Elizabeths gateway pavilion (Housing Complex)

How D.C. liquor regulations encourage “ghettofication” (CHotR)

Less glass, more stone in revised GU dorm design (Current via Dish)

Metro is considering making the BWI express bus somewhat less express (GGW)

You still have time to apply for an affordable CityCenter apartment (UrbanTurf)

So, youngster, what brought you to D.C.? (Post)

Feared Petworth hipster-business invasion appears overstated (Housing Complex)

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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