This Zuk’s for you


Attorney Gary Thompson, left, and Paul Zukerberg stood outside the District’s U.S. Courthouse  after oral arguments in November. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post)

It’s this simple: If it weren’t for Paul Zukerberg, D.C. residents wouldn’t be getting to vote for an attorney general this year. But does his willingness to fight city hall qualify him to be the District’s first elected attorney general? That’s the case the 56-year-old father of two is now starting to make after finally triumphing in his nine-month court battle. For a city government whose top lawyers have long been cut from Brooks Brothers cloth, a wisecracking Paterson, N.J., native and American University Law grad who has done cases ranging from sensational murders to high-stakes torts to small-time pot busts would be most definitely be a change of pace — a welcome one, Zuk insists.

In other news:

Congress be damned, marijuana legalization backers say ballot initiative will go forward (Post)

Washington Teachers’ Union balks at proposals for extended school days (Post)

Janet Yellen’s Hillandale neighbors don’t like her security detail in their gated community (WSJ)

Benghazi suspect arrives in D.C., pleads not guilty (Post)

Rep. Andy Harris thinks lack of D.C. jail inmates imprisoned for marijuana possession undermines decriminalization law (DofD)

David Catania pays Harris’s office a visit to request a meeting, gets no commitment (Roll CallLoose Lips)

Harris says D.C. “could always choose not to” enforce marijuana laws (U.S. News)

Is Harris just burnishing his credentials for a House leadership post? (Washingtonian)

Kojo Nnamdi calls Harris “bottom-feeding, low-life, dictatorial, bullying, outside interloper” (WAMU-FM)

Federal appeals court strikes down D.C. tour-guide-testing law as free-speech infringement (PostDCist)

Capital Bikeshare ups efforts to get minorities and poorer residents to sign up (Post)

Ground is broken on Bloomingdale flooding fix, but not all residents are happy with the plan (PostWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

New version of zoning rewrite includes new provisions restricting pop-ups (Post)

Changes also retreat on proposed relaxations to parking minimums, accessory dwellings (DCOPGGWHousing Complex)

The Foggy Bottom cradle of American spycraft is subject of preservation fight (Post)

Inside nondescript Shaw rowhouse, abounding mystery over murdered roomates (Post)

Colby King asks: Did dirty cop Linwood Barnhill get off too easy? (Post column)

Mary Anne Thomas, 53, was shot to death early Friday in Southwest (PostWTOP)

Talbert Mitchell Bright, 48, was shot to death early Saturday near CCNV (Post)

Another homicide early Sunday in Marshall Heights (Post)

All this despite All Hands on Deck (WaTimes)

Man is found dead in park between Union Station and Capitol (PostWTOP)

Friends and family remember 3-year-old homicide victim Xavier Lyles (WRC-TV)

Twelve D.C. cops over 60 could be forced to retire today (WTTG-TV)

How Jeffrey Thompson tried to block the feds from looking at his files (Loose Lips)

Disbarred worker’s comp judge left behind a big old mess (City Desk)

Jack Evans: Time to reevaluate why D.C. has been economically successful (Post op-ed)

Why time has come to special education reform: “Parents shouldn’t have to go to court so their children can get a good education” (Post op-ed)

National Park Service jailed food truck owners last week for unauthorized vending (WUSA-TV)

Evicted from longtime H Street home, where will foodservice-training nonprofit Inspire BBQ go? (Post)

Five important things to know about the soccer stadium deal (Digger)

Is it “way too convoluted for its own good”? (Post column)

The debate continues over shape of Reeves Center’s replacement (Housing Complex)

Tommy Wells explains his transportation-based objections (Hill Rag)

Gay “conversion therapy” comes under council’s scrutiny (WAMU-FM)

Has the Mall been “loved to death”? Or are new usage restrictions suffocating a great public space? (Post)

Park Service says it’s working on solutions to keep Fort Reno concerts going (WTOPDCistWAMU-FMArts Desk)

Are “difficult and sometimes inscrutable regulations” to blame for Fort Reno concert cancellation? (GGW)

Unsurprisingly, AAA is loudest critic of “moveDC” plan (Dr. GridlockWAMU-FM)

Mary Cheh to DDOT on 16th Street bus plan: “Do the study, for heaven’s sake!” (Dr. Gridlock)

Car crashed into Arena Stage late Saturday (Post)

The fastest way to get from nine D.C. neighborhoods to anywhere else in the city (Housing Complex)

With noisy caravan, taxi drivers are “resorting to 20th-century tactics in a 21st-century world” (Post letter)

Ex-Virginia official Kanti Srikanth is MWCOG’s new transportation planner, replacing the slain Ron Kirby (WBJ)

John Woodbridge, architect of 1970s Pennsylvania Avenue revitalization plan, is dead at 85 (Post)

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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