A soccer stadium in sight


D.C. United and city officials are close to coming to terms, but lawmakers still have to sign off on the deal. (Rendering courtesy of D.C. United)

The first anniversary of the announcement of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s blockbuster stadium deal with D.C. United is quickly approaching — without a final deal inked. But The Post’s Jonathan O’Connell reports that the team and city officials are close to reaching an accord – one that keeps the maintains a half-and-half cost split between the team and taxpayers but replaces the uncertain promise of profit-sharing with guaranteed revenue streams for the city. Land negotiations are yet to be finalized, but the agreement could be sent to the D.C. Council as soon as this week, kicking off what could be the lame-duck mayor’s last big political campaign: trying to convince a group of lawmakers, including his likely replacement, to secure his mayoral legacy.

In other news:

Five shot outside Stadium Club early Saturday (PostWRC-TV)

D.C.’s new chief librarian introduces himself, makes case for new MLK Library (Post op-ed)

Behold some new renderings of the new MLK (Housing Complex)

Mary Cheh on streetcars: “Every time I ask about deadline, it moves on me. I had been thinking that by summer, now it’s by fall” (WAMU-FM)

“Dream City” goes into the classroom (Post)

Cardozo High employee charged after improper communications with student (WTOP)

Why did young shooting victim die in the D.C. jail? (WJLA-TV)

Corcoran College graduates its final class as an independent institution (Post)

DCPS strikes tentative contract deal with principals (Post)

Splitting public schools decision-making between DCPS and the charter board “makes rational planning impossible” (Post op-ed)

Gun ruling leads Eleanor Holmes Norton to call out Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) (Plain Dealer)

Latest voter registration stats have more than 76 percent of voters identifying as Democrats (Housing Complex)

Meet five Democrats who are supporting David Catania (Post)

Metro will get Silver Line control soon (Dr. Gridlock)

Obama signs modest update to Height Act (Housing ComplexWAMU-FMAP)

Sewage overflow again closes Capital Crescent Trail (Post)

Howard University Hospital might be backing off nurse layoffs (WBJ)

Simwone Keith Milstead, 36, is shot to death Saturday night around Woodland Terrace (PostWNEW-FM)

23-year-old, already in prison for killing father, gets 75-year sentence for 2008 double murder (AP)

Pedestrian killed trying to cross Suitland Parkway (AP)

Psychic — excuse me, “empath” — joins Relisha Rudd search (Post)

D.C. law firms are doing relatively well (Capital Business)

Why cyclists ride with cameras (DCist)

Hey popular restaurants: Please start taking reservations (Post)

With changing city rules for sidewalk carts, Pedro & Vinny’s burritos looks to expand (Capital Business)

Buddha Bar will become another churrascaria (WBJ)

Building work that caused collapse of old Louis’ Rogue wasn’t properly permitted (WRC-TV)

Frankie Valli is your “Capitol Fourth” performer this year (AP)

Alex Trebek is a Redskins fan (TNR)

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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