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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.


  • 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]


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? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Chartwells, the controversial company with the DCPS food contract, bails. [City Desk, WAMUPost, 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? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.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]