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With the June 14 Democratic primary less than a week away, ex-Mayor Vince Gray and Councilmember Yvette Alexander are campaigning hard for votes in Ward 7. How and why did the two candidates’ relationship go south?


  • Meanwhile, in the At-Large race, incumbent Vincent Orange is up against two challengers. [Post, Post]
  • A shooting on Wednesday afternoon on New York Avenue left four people wounded. [NBC4, FOX5, Post]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser wants the Democratic National Committee to add statehood to its platform. [NBC4]
  • Does Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance program make it harder for D.C. to react to an emergency? [FOX5]
  • Still, a look at (early) official data shows SafeTrack isn’t necessarily resulting in Carmageddon. [WAMU]
  • The D.C. Court of Appeals could penalize a judge who sued a dry cleaner over lost pants in 2005. [Post]
  • Despite Tuesday’s results, Bernie Sanders is holding a rally on RFK’s grounds this afternoon. [City Desk]


  • “I See Dead People”: So does the D.C. Auditor in looking at the Board of Election’s registered-voter rolls.
  • Inclusive Veganism: HipCityVeg—a fast-casual eatery in Chinatown—wants to “compete based on taste.”
  • Stop as Yield, Dropped: The Council won’t vote on a provision allowing cyclists to go through red lights.

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

  • Audit finds dead people on the District’s voter rolls. [LL]
  • A toned-down Vincent Orange tries to keep his seat. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser wants to move primary date. [Inside Sources] 
  • Businesses and labor react to $15 minimum wage deal. [Times]
  • More on the at-large race. [Post]
  • AAA blocks bike-friendly measure at the Council. [WCP]
  • DDOT starts work on Georgia Ave. bike lanes. [Borderstan]
  • Greater Greater Washington defends the cost of the Circulator. [GGW]

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

  • Listen to the debut LP from local post-hardcore band The Black Sparks. [Impose]
  • Trillectro returns to Merriweather on August 27. [DC Music Download]
  • At the Heurich House Museum, a history of booze. [Post]
  • Cosplaying photos from this year’s Awesome Con. [Washingtonian]
  • National Cathedral removing stained glass with Confederate flag. [DCist]
  • Listen to two new haunting, minimal tracks from Hand Grenade Job. [Impose]

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

  • The Dabney named among the restaurants of the year [Food & Wine]
  • Tom Sietsema gives Founding Farmers zero stars. [Post]
  • California-based Jinya Ramen Bar opens soon in Mosaic District. [Washingtonian]
  • The five best dishes at All Purpose in Shaw [Zagat]
  • D.C.’s cat cafe is expanding to Los Angeles. [Eater]
  • Shareable cocktails around D.C. [DC Refined]