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It’s not just land that taxpayers will be on the hook for. (D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer)

The John A. Wilson Building went soccer-mad Thursday, and not just because the big World Cup game was playing in the mayoral press room. Up in the council chambers, Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s potentially legacy-making D.C. United stadium plan got its first public airing, with dozens and dozens weighing in pro and con — none more important than the lawmakers behind the dais. The notion of building a soccer stadium is popular, The Post’s Jonathan O’Connell reports, but the specifics are more nettlesome. Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) wondered what would replace the Reeves Center. Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) worried about the transportation. And all were chastened by John Ross, the economic development guru in the CFO’s office, who made note of all the obligations taxpayers would be assuming under the deal — not just buying a little land. More from WBJHousing ComplexDCist and WRC-TV.

In other news:

School boundary reform dilemma: Slow it down or speed it up? (Post)

ABC Board cracks down on booze-delivery service Ultra (DofDWaTimesWBJDCist)

Chronicling Marion Barry’s misogyny (National Journal)

Barry: “Anyone in D.C. directly or indirectly has benefited from my being mayor and being on the Council” (BET)

Jonetta Rose Barras: Tony Williams is D.C.’s real mayor for life (Post column)

Signature collection for marijuana legalization initiative seems to be going better (Loose Lips)

Is the National Park Service fetishizing the National Mall’s grass? (Arts Desk)

There will be no Fort Reno concerts this summer; blame the Park Police (GOGArts DeskDCist)

And Chris Van Hollen wants answers! (Arts Desk)

Former Chinatown homeless shelter will keep housing the homeless (WBJ)

Pondering how libraries can better serve the homeless (Post)

Death of 3-year-old Xavier Lyles is ruled a homicide (PostWTOP)

Second body found at Shaw rowhouse positively ID’d as roommate (Post)

Arrest made in January killing in Michigan Park (PostWUSA-TV)

Hakim Sutton, ex-Michael Brown treasurer, agrees to plea guilty to campaign theft (Loose Lips)

Charges are dismissed against tow-truck driver who ran over and killed assailant (Post)

Charles County man accused of killing cabbie wants to try insanity defense (Post)

D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute refines its soccer-stadium talking points (DCFPI)

Rationale for closed fire discipline hearings is “ludicrous and insulting to the public” (Post editorial)

Ron Machen is holding his annual Youth Summit today (Post)

Silicon Valley wise man Adrian Fenty returns to talk tech (WBJ)

More on how EB-5 visas have funded big D.C. developments (City Paper)

Release of federal environmental review means Rock Creek bike trail improvements are closer (WABA)

New federal standards don’t help D.C.’s special education rating (WNEW-FM)

How city planners are proposing to deal with pop-ups (OPinions)

D.C.’s air has gotten significantly cleaner over the past decade (CWG)

But there will be a “Go-Go Symphony” tonight on H Street (GOG)

And a jazz show in a vacant Florida Avenue lot (DCist)

Who stole D’Arcee Neal’s wheelchair? (WRC-TV)

Georgetown ANC is ready to act against the Bike Menace, but not against menacing cars (G’town Met)

Peter Rosenstein: Leave CareFirst’s surplus alone! (HuffPo)

Lisa Ling profiles HIV-positive women in D.C. for Oprah network (HuffPo)

You know, Uber drivers can organize, too (BuzzFeed)

Greening Bikeshare’s rebalancing vehicles would be nice (WashCycle)

Wendy Rieger is now a CityCenter resident, and she loves the Chinatown Walgreens (Post)

But will she buy a fancy bag? (PoPville)

A new hotel for NoMa — this one a Hyatt (Digger)

Starting next week there will be a big maze inside the National Building Museum (UrbanTurf)

Jazz appreciation goes east of the Anacostia (Arts Desk)

Washington Star gossipeuse Diana McLellan, aka “The Ear,” is dead at 76 (PostWaTimes)

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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