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Katherine Bradley, education reformer, philanthropist, and wife of Atlantic Media Company chairman David Bradley, has a ton of influence on schools in D.C. Our cover story looks at her impact and D.C.’s education history.


  • Robert Bennett, ex-Mayor Vince Gray’s attorney, says he gave prosecutors evidence that the mayor had not known of illegal campaign-finance activities that may have cost him the 2014 election. [Post, WAMU]
  • Two teenagers were shot last night on a basketball court in the 4400 block of F Street SE. [WUSA9, FOX5]
  • D.C. police conducted a five-hour search for Relisha Rudd Thursday, but nothing was found. [Post, NBC4]
  • If the D.C. Council approves an existing ban on consuming cannabis in private venues, legal-weed activist Adam Eidinger says he’ll seek to bring back term limits for councilmembers and the Mayor. [City Desk]
  • CEOs, nurses, and doctors say violence in D.C. hospitals is rising, in part due to synthetic drugs. [FOX5]
  • Officials evacuated an Islamic nonprofit yesterday after a suspicious substance was found there. [Quartz]


  • Rank & Groove: Here are some of the recent cultural happenings that make us want to dance—or not.
  • Old Ebbitt, Visualized: The historic D.C. restaurant made more than $28 million in sales last year. What does that translate to in terms of food, customers, and employees? (Hint: They have five full-time oyster shuckers.)
  • Harassment or Free Speech?: Protestors of a Planned Parenthood facility being constructed adjacent to a school in D.C. got hit with a lawsuit this week, seeking to enjoin their behavior, which PP calls “shameful.”

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

  • Vince Gray‘s lawyer says he told prosecutors about witness who cleared Gray on Jeff Thompson  [WAMU]
  • Pot advocates push for pot clubs. [WAMUPost]
  • Grayhas his pick of D.C. Council races. [LL]
  • More on businesses worried about paid leave legislation. [Times]
  • Colby King: prosecutors treatment of Gray was “a damn shame.” [Post]
  • Police search doesn’t turn up new Relisha Rudd  [WUSA9]
  • Traffic fines set for big jump. [Post]

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

  • Listen to a new song from Birth (Defects). [Arts Desk]
  • Dave McKenna on the history of Eva Cassidy and the gigs that helped launched her legend. [Post]
  • Watch T-Pain perform at NPR, a year after his wildly popular Tiny Desk Concert. [Bandwidth]
  • An interview with the people behind Bethesda’s newest music venue, Villain & Saint. [DC Music Download]
  • Check out a new music video from Polyon. [AdHoc]
  • Charting D.C.’s cultural vitality. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Best new bars of 2015 [DCist]
  • Donburi in Adams Morgan is preparing to launch a food truck. [Borderstan]
  • Fabio and Maria Trabocchi are opening a Van Ness restaurant devoted to pasta. [Post]
  • Inside Mike Isabella and Jen Carroll’s Mosaic District pop-up, Requin [Washingtonian]
  • What to eat at the area’s best breweries and brewpubs [Thrillist]
  • New York’s The Smith finds a home on F Street NW. [Eater]