DC.gov gets a new look


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The D.C. government’s main Web site, DC.gov, has a new look. Gone (from most pages) is the ever-present visage of Mayor Vincent C. Gray; new are improved navigation and search functions — including a list of popular searches. The city’s tech folks explain the overhaul thusly: “We improved the DC.Gov information architecture by redesigning the types of information that should be on the home page using a citizen-centric philosophy. In other words, we want to choose the information that should be on the home page, as well as design how that information is presented on the page, with the visitor as foremost in our consideration. … Hopefully, you will find the home page even more effective and efficient in finding information and services.” Note that one link in particular is now especially prominent: “Pay Ticket.”

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It’s tough collecting signatures, says marijuana legalization backer Adam Eidinger (WRC-TV)

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David Catania paints Muriel Bowser as a Fenty puppet (DofD)

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Firefighter’s disciplinary hearing in Cecil Mills death is postponed (PostWAMU-FM)

Body cameras for police: “With sound safeguards, it’s a smart idea” (Post editorial)

Insurers threaten to sue over new exchange tax (Kaiser Health NewsWBJ)

Ethics trial for chief administrative law judge set for July (DofD)

To cover unexpected fiscal 2015 costs, Gray administration proposes draining nonprofit fund (WBJ)

Women was robbed and sexually assaulted in Adams Morgan alley early Sunday morning, police say (Post)

Police seek men in beating death of 60-year-old Carlton Coltrane on Barracks Row (PostWTTG-TV)

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Nurses union again pushes council to get moving on staffing bill (PostWBJ)

“Driver assaults bicyclist, police ticket bicyclist” (GGW)

DCPS pushes to use “The City As Our Classroom” (Post)

Shakespeare Theatre makes plans for former Southeastern University building (WBJ)

Demand for DCPS preschool slots is wildly uneven (GGW)

Hearing set on bill to loosen medical marijuana eligibility (DCist)

D.C. Vote will honor D.C. Brau (Roll Call)

Fabulous photos of D.C.’s soul and funk legends (SlateSoul51.com)

First permit issued for Adams Morgan hotel (WBJ)

Flea market will move to 7th Street SE during Hine School redevelopment work (Hill Rag)

1776 takes step toward establishing new $25 million start-up fund (WBJ)

A glorious day for the reopening of the Washington Monument (Post)

Earthquake repairs to National Cathedral will take much, much longer (WAMU-FM)

The Jack Evans GIF we all deserve (@brfreed)

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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