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Washington City Paper Offers to Pay Your $25 Marijuana Fine

admin-ajax.phpTonight at midnight, marijuana possession of less than an ounce in the District will be decriminalized. Days in which being caught with the same amount could mean six months in prision and a $1,000 fine will soon be in the past, to be replaced with a $25 ticket. And for five lucky recipients of said ticket, the Washington City Paper has offered to front your bill.

“At Washington City Paper, we think the new law is a big improvement: For one, the vast majority of people arrested for possession of marijuana in D.C. are black, and the racial disparity in pot arrests is getting worse. For another, why should the other Washington be more progressive than we are? But we’re also curious to see how it’ll be enforced. So we’ll make an offer to the large, large numbers of people living here who have at some point possessed pot: If you get a citation under the new law, send us a picture of the citation and tell us your story, and if you’re one of the first five people we hear from at potfine@washingtoncitypaper.com, we’ll pay your $25 fine.”

While publicly outing yourself as a pot smoker isn’t required, WCP does require a photo of the citation (in which identifying details can be blurred out) and the circumstances under which it was issued – why and where you were stopped, how said marijuana was found, whether it was confiscated, and most importantly, was the issuer aware of the new law.

For more, or to submit your citation and be among the first five who’s ticket is paid by the City Paper, click here.

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The Hill Introduces Social Media Component for Final ’50 Most Beautiful’ Nominees

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 15.50.21The Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful People” list is slated for release on Tuesday, July 29 and 49 of the 50 have already been decided. For the first year ever, one recipient will be decided by readers who vote for the last minute addition on thehill.com and its Facebook page.

Now in its 11th year, the list highlight’s members of Congress, congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, executive branch employees, and other Capitol Hill personnel based on nominations by their peers, chosen by Hill staff.

This year’s social media contenders after the jump. Read more

The Wall Street Journal Celebrates 125 Years

Happy birthday to The Wall Street Journal, which turns 125 years old today. Back when it first was printed, it sold for two cents. Fast forward 125 years, and it goes for $2.00 on newsstands.

See the front page from July 8, 1889 next to today’s, below.

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For a better look at the inaugural front page, click here.

NYTimes Editorial Board Supports SCOTUSBlog Press Credential

SCOTUSBlogThe New York Times Editorial Board yesterday threw support behind the SCOTUSBlog live feed securing a press credential to cover the Supreme Court.

The Senate Standing Committee of Correspondents denied SCOTUSBlog’s April request for credentials, which are recognized by the Supreme Court, because its founder Tom Goldstein‘s firm argues before the Court. The committee says that ‘violates its rule against lobbying the federal government’ and that ‘the site is not independent from Mr. Goldstein’s firm.’ Read more

Roll Call Blows Through Print Deadline to Publish Front Page ‘Stunner’

eric cantorLast night’s Virginia primary upset was met with great editorial pride inside the walls of Roll Call according to an email to staff from Editor in Chief Christina Bellantoni. While proofreading today’s issue, politics editor Shira Center flagged data pointing toward a loss by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat.

This prompted editors to blow through their print deadline, thus publishing the front page headline “Stunner” and a lead story on the Cantor loss.

Check out the full email, after the jump. Read more

Wash Post Partner Program Offers Digital Content to 100 US Newspapers

Subscribers to newspapers throughout the country now have access to The Washington Post digital products through a partner program launched earlier this year. Nearly 100 local and regional papers have signed on in an effort to expand the Post’s reach across desktops, mobile websites, and phone and tablet apps.

Participants include the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Denver Post. 

President and GM of The Washington Post Steve Hills said the paper is looking to expand, both inside and outside the US. For more information on the program, or a full list of participants, click here.

Memorial Day Print Ledes Regionally

A look at today’s front pages regionally, with Memorial Day taking the lead.

The Frederick News-Post, Frederick, Md.

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Wash Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth Announces Newsroom Move to One Franklin Square

Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth announced in a memo to staff the paper’s relocation to One Franklin Square. Slated for 2016, the new building is said to be “modern” and “light-filled.”

Weymouth’s memo and accompanying release, after the jump. Read more

President Obama Makes Statement on VA Scandal

ObamaPresident Obama offered a statement this hour on the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal related to the deaths of dozens of veterans awaiting medical attention, including up to 40 at a hospital in Phoenix.

Addressing allegations that VA officials knew of the deaths and made attempts to them cover up, Obama said, “If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it. Period…I will not stand for it, as a Commander in Chief, but also as an American.”

Here’s the story’s lede, after the jump, across much of the DC media. Read more

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