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D.C. vape shops say an all-but-approved tax increase on their products will force them to shut down. “They’re going to put us out of business,” one shop owner says, “and they don’t care.”


  • The DCPS food contractor at the center of a lawsuit is about to get new contract. [Post]
  • Strict pop-up and conversion limits are now in effect in many D.C. neighborhoods. [WBJ]
  • The D.C. summer jobs program begins. [ABC7]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton scraps with the House Sergeant-at-Arms over gun laws. [Loose Lips]


Fortuitous: This year’s Fort Reno shows will happen (and we’ve got the lineup), thanks to a late fundraising push.

District of Colombia: D.C. now has a place to get a stuffed arepa with fried egg in the morning.

A Safe Bet?: Our latest cover story examines whether the District’s big investments in stadiums pay off.

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

  • Mendo looks to push tax cuts, faces Muriel Bowser opposition. [Post]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton wants correction from House official over gun laws. [LL]
  • District officials: hurray for gay marriage ruling. [Blade]
  • DCPS school vendor set to get another contract at $19 million settlement. [Post]
  • Does Uber surge pricing work in the District? [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci is off today (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl opens on H Street NE on July 8. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Longtime Off the Record bartender John Boswell has retired. [Eater]
  • The best queer nightlife in D.C. [DCist]
  • Budding restaurateurs compete for facetime with D.C. restaurant bigwigs. [WBJ]
  • Slash Run, a bar with a hair-metal theme, coming to Petworth. [Post]
  • Vidalia ending lunch service on July 1. [PoPville]
  • Four new liquor licenses snatched up in Georgetown. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Where to celebrate Independence Day [Drink DC]