A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chartwells Dining Services, the primary food vendor for D.C. Public Schools, announced yesterday that it would not be returning for the 2015-16 academic year. City Paper published a cover story on the controversial food services vendor earlier this month.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser met yesterday with the governors of Virginia and Maryland and the U.S. Transportation Secretary to discuss Metro’s money and safety problems. [WTOP]
- D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie proposed a bill that would create stricter penalties on illegal dirt bikes and ATVs in the city. [City Desk]
- Hillary Clinton supports D.C. statehood, says Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. [City Desk]
- In the past year, D.C. has issued more than 1,000 tickets—totaling roughly $100,000—for vehicles that have blocked the tracks of the H Street NE-Benning Road streetcar (which does not yet operate). [DCist]
- The District’s men are the third-most-handsome nationwide, according to rankings by Grooming Lounge, a D.C.-based company. [Washingtonian]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Hirshhorn Hire: Lisa Gold, executive director of Washington Project for the Arts, will join the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as director of public engagement, a new role at the museum, starting Aug. 24.
Summer Reading: Do your literary tastes align with those of D.C.’s notable authors?
Second Course: Returning citizens are regularly joining some D.C.-restaurant kitchens.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Chartwells, the controversial company with the DCPS food contract, bails. [City Desk, WAMU, Post, DCist]
- Jack Evans has a plan to stop the District’s johns. [LL]
- Muriel Bowser meets with regional muckity-mucks to pressure Metro. [WAMU]
- Anita Bonds bill would give students convicted of sexual assault a “scarlet letter.” [Post]
- Hillary Clinton supports statehood—or so says Eleanor Holmes Norton. [City Desk]
- The District figures out how to cover up lack of progress at St. Elizabeths. [WBJ]
- D.C. area retail figures don’t track with the rest of the country’s. [WBJ]
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- After six years leading Washington Project for the Arts, Lisa Gold is leaving for the Hirshhorn. [Arts Desk]
- Need summer reading ideas? Here’s what local authors recommend. [Arts Desk]
- Philip Kennicott tells the Smithsonian all the ways it’s doing wrong by keeping up its show of Bill Cosby‘s art. [Post]
- An interview with local indie-pop duo the Raised by Wolves about their forthcoming second EP [D.C. Music Download]
- No need for the U.S. Postal Service: Husbands, a band split between Oklahoma and D.C., writes its songs via Dropbox. [Bandwidth]
- The cast of Veep toured the Washington Post‘s newsroom yesterday. Washington City Paper‘s is just down the street, Ms. Louis-Dreyfus, and we have beer! [Post]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- D.C. bars with affordable beers all night long [Eater]
- 12 cheap dates under $20 [Thrillist]
- How to make the most important part of a taco (the tortilla) [Post]
- The main food services provider for D.C. Public Schools quits. [City Desk]
- This mushroom looks exactly like a bagel. [PoPville]
- How to sneak alcohol into music festivals [VICE]