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The D.C. Council on Tuesday postponed a vote on a bill that would reform the District’s contributory-negligence laws such that pedestrians and cyclists could more easily seek compensation for crashes. Advocates for those groups decried the deferment, which means the bill wouldn’t become law for several more months in the best-case scenario.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:          

  • If D.C. becomes a state anytime soon, it’ll officially be called New Columbia. [WAMU, Washingtonian]
  • Lawmakers on Tuesday delayed a controversial vote on a work-scheduling bill until July. [City Desk, Post]
  • Ex-Mayor Vince Gray has a challenger for the Ward 7 Council seat in the general election. [Loose Lips]
  • Survey: Many District residents don’t feel safe outside at night, especially in Ward 8. [WAMU, City Desk]
  • Metro is investigating the fire at the Gallery Place station that took place Monday evening. [Post, WAMU]
  • Councilmember David Grosso wants D.C. to collect more data on LGBTQ residents’ health. [City Desk]
  • Post editorial board: Local policymakers are failing to reform campaign finance and city contracting. [Post]
  • Former D.C. Del. Walter Fauntroy was released from a jail in Loudoun County yesterday. [NBC4, FOX5] 

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

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Post ed board mad about Council’s weakened campaign finance legislation. [Post]
  • Vince Gray challenged in Ward 7 general election. [LL]
  • Council’s scheduling bill gets delayed. [WCPPost]
  • Vincent Orange‘s plan for homeless amenities gets slammed at the Council. [Post]
  • Councilmembers scrap over bill that would give cyclists more protections after crashes. [WCP,
  • Former. Del Walter Fauntroy gets out of jail, with more legal troubles still ahead. [NBC4]
  • Residents reveal fears about neighborhood safety. [WAMU]

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

  • Come to our next Luce Foundation Center show, with Big Hush and PraxisCat! [WCP]
  • There’s a shoegaze tribute album to Fugazi, because of course there is. [Dangerous Minds]
  • Watch a new Chain & The Gang music video. [WCP]
  • In It Together Fest announces lineup for its third iteration. [DC Music Download]
  • The Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” hall reopens after two years. [DCist]
  • Since 1988, Rep. John Lewis has been advocating for an African American museum on the Mall. [Post]
  • An interview with Leah Gage of BRNDAStronger SexThe North Country, and Bathtub Republic. [DC Music Download] 

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Bryan Voltaggio will oversee food at forthcoming CityCenterDC hotel. [Eater]
  • The shockingly beef-like veggie burger that’s not aimed at vegetarians [Post]
  • Austin Grill locations to become Southern restaurants. [WBJ]
  • Cafe Asia closing in Rosslyn. [ARLnow]
  • Brunches, firework views, and picnics for Fourth of July [Zagat]
  • How restaurant staff help prevent kid tantrums [OpenTable]
  • Moxie’s opens downtown with all day breakfast [PoPville]