News & Politics

Afternoon Shots: November 19

Height Act supporters are making blood oaths, Dino is closing, and other stuff to know tonight.

Osteria Morini is restaurateur Michael White's first venture in Washington.

Police are investigating the incident that left Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds seriously injured with stab wounds and his son dead from a gunshot wound as an attempted murder-suicide. [Capital Comment]

Congress will soon begin deliberating changes to the Height Act that controls DC’s skyline. But not before a crazy hearing today at the National Capital Planning Commission, where one witness swore a “blood oath” to keep the Height Act as is. [Capital Comment]

The US Postal Service is now selling Harry Potter stamps, and the former head of the American Philatelic (stamp-collecting) Society is mad that the cash-strapped USPS dares selling an icon of non-American pop culture. [Post]

DC Mayor Vince Gray officiated a gay wedding today at the Wilson Building. It was the first wedding of any kind he’s performed. [Loose Lips]

The National Zoo released another surveillance video of the panda cub. It can kind of walk on its own now. [YouTube]

If the Wizards beat the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight, they’ll have the same record (3-7) as the Redskins. [Post]

New York chef Michael White’s Osteria Morini opens tonight in Southwest DC. [Best Bites]

Happy hour of the day: Might as well make it Dino (3435 Connecticut Ave., NW). The Cleveland Park restaurant announced today it’s closing soon.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.