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Jeffrey Thompson, the businessman behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign funds, including more than $600,000 funneled to ex-Mayor Vince Gray’s 2010 mayoral bid, was sentenced to three months behind bars Monday. The federal judge’s sentence was harsher than prosecutors and defense attorneys had sought.


  • D.C. police are investigating a video that shows an officer using force on a young black girl. [Post, FOX5]
  • A major underground transformer fire has closed the 1800 block of L Street NW to cars. [Borderstan, Post]
  • Federal regulators have directed Metro to prevent red-signal violations, a significant safety risk. [WAMU]
  • Police have arrested a 15-year-old in connection with a recent shooting at a downtown McDonald’s. [Post]
  • Yesterday was Vincent Orange’s last day on the D.C. Council. What’s next for him? [WAMU]
  • A fire truck and a car collided in Columbia Heights last night and injured several people. [Post, Borderstan]
  • Did last weekend feel ridiculously hot to you? No kidding! D.C. broke 10 heat records. [Post]


  • When Diners Behave Badly: Dining and dashing and faux complaints are more common than you’d think.
  • The Hike, Reviewed: A new novel by Deadspin columnist Drew Magary is in parts dark and psychedelic.
  • RIP, City Paper Box: Its #firstsevenjobs were bleak, even by journalistic standards. Our hearts shall go on. 

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

  • Read the story of one man’s journey from a headbanger in Heavy Metal Parking Lot to a Hasidic Jew who builds and repairs stringed instruments. [DCist]
  • The National Museum of African American History And Culture’s founding director discusses the local history to be found in the museum. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]
  • Coming to D.C.: a Jazzercise play, courtesy of The Klunch. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Columbia Room’s JP Fetherston is Food & Wine’s best new mixologist. [F&W]
  • These eight dishes and drinks are overrated. [Zagat]
  • Skip Restaurant Week at These Restaurants. [Eater]
  • D.C.’s a proving ground for fast casual restaurants. [Post]
  • Saxby’s is coming back. [Borderstan]