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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 03/07/2012

D.C. Council member causes friction with food truck tax complaints

Last night was a big one on my Twitter feed, as it was Super Tuesday. Primary nights are right up there with award shows as far as things that are no longer any fun without social media. Oh, you want coverage? Click here.


Lunchtime patrons fill the sidewalk of Farragut Square in Washington, DC to obtain lunch from one of four food trucks on Oct. 1, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Gerald Martineau - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
If you're looking for someone to blame for food truck taxes, look no further than Jack Evans. The guy who represents Ward 2 on the D.C. Council is leading a charge sure to cause major friction with the best thing to happen to his jurisdiction in years. Evans claims that the lack of sales tax charged by food trucks is causing a competitive disadvantage for the brick-and-mortar restaurants in the area. The problem is not the taxes, but per usual, the complicated tax code. The Post's Tim Carman explains.

When a man was stabbedand killed over a feud involving a dog recently, something didn't seem right. For one, what kind of neighbor stabs another over a dog? Second, why do stabbings seem to be so in vogue these days? Well, if no one's allowed to carry guns, knives become a perfectly viable choice. The Post's Courtland Milloy argues that if Southeast's Robert Leroy Wright was allowed a concealed carry weapon, he might not have lost his life to a knife-wielding assailant.

I've got a couple suburban updates for you that I find amusing. To start, there's a bill in the Maryland House right now advocating that Howard County push up its booze service time from 11 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Now, before you go calling everyone in HoCo a drunk hack, keep this in mind: Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties allow drinking on golf courses starting at 6 a.m. Also, Fairfax has decided to slow down on turning the county into a modern version of "Footloose."

Would you be willing to lend your car to a stranger for money? If you lend it to your friends for nothing, why not? Well, because you expect that if your friends wrap it around a pole, they'll be willing to pay you back. But the service RelayRides takes away that stranger danger component via insurance. Slate's Farhad Manjoo breaks down the different business models of traditional versus peer-to-peer car sharing services, which are on the rise around the country.

I simply cannot deal with Andray Blatche. The guy is one of the least productive players on the Wizards, and apparently as sensitive as a schoolboy. Good thing the team signed him to that absurd extension a while back! Seriously though, Dray admitted recently that hearing constant boos at Verizon Center has shaken him a bit. Newsflash: hearing boos while getting paid to play terribly is better than watching the games at home on television. That's something many contend he should be doing.

Extra Bites

• If you know me, you're well aware that I'm a pho fanatic. So, take note, this is the LONE time I will reveal somewhere I'm going to eat it. I normally hoard spots to prevent mass takeover. This one's a pop-up, though, so risk is at a minimum!

• Here's that info you were looking for to sign up for the Marine Corps Marathon. Wait, you've been training, right? No? Alas.

• One heck of a newsman died Monday. Read about his incredible career.

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