A D.C. judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking Intralot’s sole-source, $215 million sports betting contract. Dylan Carragher, who filed the suit and wants to compete for a piece of the contract, argues that the city violated the Home Rule Act by avoiding the competitive bidding process.

THE NEWS: 

Do you get your weekend weed from D.C.’s gray market? Have you ever attended a pop-up? It’s always good to know where your food comes from, and in D.C. your dope source is a troubled scene. 

People working in D.C.’s marijuana gray market want change. Several local marijuana entrepreneurs spoke with City Paper about the evolution of the city’s gray market—a world in which vendors sell people legal goods and then “gift” them marijuana to go with the goods. 

They were originally able to do their work with police protection in popular commercial districts, but after police shifted gears and started cracking down on marijuana, pop-ups had to duck into the shadows, where they’ve become fertile ground for armed robberies—theft and deadly gun violence. 

Eleven states have legalized marijuana outright, and D.C. has two bills on the table to do the same. But in the meantime, the District is harboring a dangerous middle ground. 

ALSO:Thanks to all who sent in stories about their private monuments in D.C. Here are two of your entries.

“When I first got my current job, I used to walk from my home in SW to my job in NE,” wrote Fabrisse ter Brugghe. “One of the routes I used took me past the Folger Shakespeare Library. Years ago, I took classes there and prepared for drama school auditions. The sound of the Puck fountain as I walked by on my way home was always a moment to stop and enjoy the day.” 

“My wife and I moved to D.C. in 1994 so I could attend college on a scholarship at Georgetown,” writes Mike Williams. “We found a cheap apartment on the 8th floor of the building at the corner of 16th and Fuller. The ceiling leaked cloudy spackle drops whenever it rained, and the place was infested with roaches and rats.” But they waited for the bus outside the Warder-Totten House, which was “a burnt out shell.” They fantasized about what it would be like to buy the place, and though they never did, they’ve been able to watch the house and the area transform. Williams still thinks about what happened to the squatters who used to live there, his neighbors. Alexa Mills (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com is out this week, so try tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • Boys cut dreadlocks off a sixth grader at Virginia evangelical Christian school (where Karen Pence teaches part-time). [NBC4]

  • Climate justice advocates are at it again this morning, with four target locations. [WAMU]

  • Brookland Manor tenants say “We ain’t gonna move” outside D.C. superior court. [WAMU]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Councilmember David Grosso says he’s “leaning” toward running for a third term, but the rumor in the Wilson Building is that he’s not. [WCP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser spotted at the Lizzo show. [Twitter]

  • New ethics rules for Metro board following Jack Evans’ scandal. [Post]

  • There was a Ward 2 Council candidate forum last night. Evans did not attend. [Twitter]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Tail Up Goat’s sister bar, Reveler’s Hour, is devoted to pasta and wines by the glass. [WCP]

  • Trickling Springs is shutting down operations much to the District’s dismay. [Record Herald]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema is a fan of Modena, which used to be Bibiana. [Post]

  • Fast-casual hummus restaurant Little Sesame is fundraising and ready to grow. [WBJ]

  • Why it’s so hard for restaurants to change their tipping model. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Barbershop Project is a deep examination of black vulnerability. [WCP]

  • Cats is a ton of feline fun at the Kennedy Center. [WCP]

  • Artist Kelli Rae Adams uses bowls to visualize the student debt issue. [Washingtonian]

  • Staunton, Virginia’s Harry Potter festival is back, baby. [DCist]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Three games: That’s all the Mystics need to win to take home the WNBA title. Game 1 of the WNBA Finals between the Mystics and the Connecticut Sun will be this Sunday at 3 p.m. [SB Nation]

  • Maryland football’s home matchup against Penn State tonight is officially a sell-out, the first since the Terps played Michigan in 2015. [The Diamondback]

  • World Cup hero Rose Lavelleis expected to start for the Washington Spirit in potentially its final home game at the Maryland SoccerPlex this Saturday. Lavelle did not play in the pivotal match against the Houston Dash in part because of a recommendation by the U.S. Soccer Federation. [Post]

  • The Washington football team takes on division rival New York Giants this Sunday in search of its first win this season. [Hogs Haven]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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