No auto supplies allowed

November 1, 2013

The government is guaranteeing the Old Post Office won’t be sullied by Army-Navy surplus stores. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Donald Trump has assured Washington’s elite that, make no mistake, his Old Post Office hotel will be the best, the best, with the finest accommodations and amenities on offer in the city. The federal government, however, is not taking his word for it, Jim McElhatton of the Washington Times has discovered. The 300-plus-page lease agreement between the Trump Organization and the General Services Administration includes the following codicils: “Cabarets are OK, according to the lease, but only as long as they are not topless. Army Navy surplus stores aren’t welcome. Neither are discount jewelers or secondhand stores. Blood banks are banned, too.” Also banned: fish and tackle shops, public laundromats, auto supply shops and “establishments that primarily provide dental care on credit.”

In other news:

A few tough questions for Vincent Gray to answer before he seeks reelection (Post editorial)

David Zipper, Gray administration’s point man on economy diversification, leaves for tech incubator (Capital BusinessWBJHousing Complex)

Halloween at D.C. General, “the crown jewel of the city’s shameful housing calamity” (Post column)

Which in located in the hub of a “leading-edge knowledge economy” (Atlantic)

No-more-”Redskins” resolution set for Tuesday council vote (DofDAPWAMU-FM)

Washington Monument lights will be turned off Monday; scaffolding will start to come down (PostPost gallery)

Albrecht Muth murder trial will happen with or without Albrecht Muth, who remains fasting (Homicide Watch)

Green-paint vandal ruled incompetent to stand trial (AP)

“Peace House” occupants are being evicted (Post)

City lawyers push back on Paul Zukerberg’s legal claim seeking to maintain AG election (WaTimes)

Overdue adjustment to living-wage rate could leave home health aides behind (DofDWAMU-FM)

Will streetcar service mean no more delivery trucks on H Street NE? (Housing Complex)

A third credit-card processor is locked in disputes with cabbies (WAMU-FM)

CCNV task force gets to work amid mostly unfounded fears the property will be turned into luxury condos (WJLA-TV)

Jeff DeWitt “appears to be a good fit at this time in the city’s history,” says Jonetta (Post column)

Some folks balk at $1.3 million “wings” for New York Avenue bridge (WJLA-TV)

Developers are beginning to realize there’s an affordable housing shortage (Capital Business)

Hyatt Place hotel inked for city-owned site in Southwest (WBJ)

TANF benefits will get a D.C. resident to 26 percent of the federal poverty level (Poverty & Policy)

Build the north-south streetcar all the way to Silver Spring (GGW)

Feelings still running high over Florida Avenue site, but neighbors may get their grocery after all (GGW)

A gentrified Halloween in D.C. (National Journal)

If you dressed up as “Executive A,” you won (Loose Lips)

Cop accused of child sex abuse hears his accuser testify against him (WTTG-TV)

Watch some videos, solve some crimes (Post)

Robert Wilkins is in no immediate danger of getting promoted to the D.C. Circuit (Legal Times)

Ron Moten answers questions like, “Would you wear this ‘Don’t Be a Bama’ T-shirt?” (Arts Desk)

RG3 needs to grow up (Post column)

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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