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A bright and warm Thursday to you, Washington. Only five days left until the District’s primary election.


  • It’s election season in D.C., but by the paltry turnout for early voting in the June 19 primaries, you wouldn’t know it. The most controversial ballot item, Initiative 77, would eliminate the tipped minimum wage. Here, City Paper presents an annotated version of the ballot question, and the results of a phone poll with the candidates in contested primary races. We asked them about issues that residents care about, or should: schools, housing, the economy, and money in politics.

  • Initial figures released by city officials on Wednesday say that just shy of 60 percent of DCPS students graduated on time this month. That figure is expected to fluctuate in coming months as the city conducts a final review of student performance.

  • After a decade straight of failing it, the Anacostia River has eked out a “D” rating in an annual test for cleanliness, improving in measures of water clarity and general trash-less-ness. City officials are hoping to make the river swimmable by 2025.


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Are workers being forced to take a stand against 77 by their employers? [WCP]

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine opposes initiative on tipped minimum wage. [Twitter]

  • At-Large Councilmember Robert White also comes out against the measure. [Twitter]

  • Mysterious group called “The Tips Coalition” sends out anti-Initiative 77 mailer. [WAMU]

  • D.C. police say a man officers fatally shot on Tuesday night fired a gun at them. [WTOP]

  • They’re in the home stretch! D.C. candidates have less than a week until primary. [Blade]

  • Councilmembers Mary Chehand Jack Evans: Parking rules must be enforced. [NBC4]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Wonder Woman sequel is filming in D.C., as you might have heard. Here’s everything you need to know about all that. [Post]

  • Check out photos from the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival. [DC Music Download]

  • 1st Stage in Tyson’s announces its new season, kicking off with Alan Ayckbourne’s Hero’s Welcome. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Alexandria native Thomas Kail, who is directing The Kennedy Center’s production of Hamilton, talks about how the D.C. area has influenced his work. [Washingtonian]

  • “If anything, I’m trying to know who I am through the drums.” D.C. drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup III reflects on life behind the kit. [Post]

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

  • Restaurant menus are shrinking, and that’s a good thing. [Washingtonian]

  • Shaw is replacing a grocery store with a grocery store. [Eater]

  • This is a next-level duck dish at Bresca. [DC Refined]

  • No, we need snacks. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Is USPS snubbing Eckington residents? [PoPville]

  • Double- and triple-check your Redfin listings, folks. [Twitter]

  • The mayor announces a slate of new development projects for affordable units. Here are the details. [Twitter]

  • Akridge wins its Buzzard Point eminent domain case, likely costing the District big. [WBJ]

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

  • The local NFL team once had a waitlist for season tickets that spanned decades. On Wednesday, the team’s newest executive, Brian Lafemina, announced that there would no longer be a waitlist. “After years of dubious claims that #Skins season-ticket ‘wait list’ was years-long, team announces today that it’s gone! Poof!! Suddenly there is NO wait to buy season-tickets as of 6/13,” Liz Clarke of The Washington Post tweeted. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

  • Brian Murphy writes about how the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup wasn’t just a simple underdog story, it was a tale of redemption for the entire franchise and its most important figures. [WCP]

  • The United States, Canada, and Mexico won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup soccer tournament. Washington and Baltimore could possibly be hosts to some of those games. [Patch]


  • New Orleans swinging jazz singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, where he will celebrate the Crescent City’s tricentennial. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $42–$95.

  • Rapper Joe Budden joins his friends Rory and Mal for a live rendition of The Joe Budden Podcast. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30–$114.99.

  • Rock & Roll Hotel welcomes Angelo Moore, best known as the lead singer of ska and funk metal band Fishbone, and his band The Brand New Step. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.

  • ANC 3B meets at 7:30 p.m. 4000 Calvert St. NW.

  • ANC 6A meets at 7:00 p.m. 601 15th St. NE.

  • ANC 7C also meets at 7:00 p.m. 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE.

  • ANC 3E also meets at 7:30 p.m. 4300 Military Rd. NW.

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