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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.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • 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]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • 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]