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Goodbye, FBI

The FBI Building might not be missed. But the FBI might. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

The writing was on the wall, to be sure. But the announcement Tuesday from the General Services Administration of the three finalist sites for a new FBI headquarters — none of which are in the District — should still land with a bit of a thud. Yes, as Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and various journalists have noted — the FBI’s departure opens up a tremendous development opportunity on Pennsylvania Avenue and spares the city from a security-cordoned black hole of urbanity. But there is something about the impending departure of an ultra-high-profile federal agency — and its nearly 6,000 well-paying jobs — that strikes this reporter as something to be lamented, not cheered.

In other news:

Gun-carry ban will continue until at least October after judge stays ruling (PostWaTimesRoll CallWAMU-FMPolitico)

“It’s important that District officials proceed cautiously in crafting a defense that can withstand a court challenge, but they must not ignore the special obligations of public safety in the nation’s capital” (Post editorial)

“More guns, less crime? Not exactly.” (Wonkblog)

Michael Brown is reporting to prison — the same prison where Harry Thomas Jr. is (Loose Lips@SegravesNBC4)

Cornell Jones owes the city a million bucks, judge says (DofD)

Donna Brazile hosts fundraiser for Muriel Bowser (@donnabrazile)

Vince Gray signs bill banning plastic foam food containers (PostAPDCistWTTG-TVWRC-TV)

David Catania is against congestion pricing (Washingtonian)

“It’s not hard to imagine a time when DCPS becomes a vestigial presence in most of the District—or even disappears” (GGW)

Meet the District’s tree doctors (Washingtonian)

Here’s who will testify in court on the wisdom of the Corcoran breakup (Arts Desk)

Former Miss D.C. describes her experiences with street harassment (YouTube)

Don’t want guns on your property? Tommy Wells has a sign for you (DofD)

GOP chairman candidate Kris Hammond says the Palmer ruling is a good thing (Loose Lips)

Have a question about your civil case in D.C. Superior Court? There’s a chat for that (Post)

The food truck scene grows up (Post)

More on Zoning Commission’s latest McMillan delay (UrbanTurfCity Desk)

Ted Lerner and Peter Angelos are at war over TV money (Hollywood Reporter)

Bill Lord out as WJLA-TV news chief (FTVLive)

Wegmans could still come to Walter Reed (DCist)

Hey, look: Another culinary incubator (WBJ)

Another hotel, this time a Homewood Suites, for ballparkland (WBJ)

Video of a car-bike incident in Brookland (WashCycle)

Eleanor Holmes Norton staffer Jason Spear is among Capitol Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful (The Hill)

D.C. loves its wine (PostTV)

When Georgetown was greener (G’town Met)

PETA is down with Ben’s Chili Bowl (WBJ)

Glass-boot theft spree in Shaw (Eater)

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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