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Karl Racine resigned from nonprofit boards when he became attorney general, but two that he had ties to benefitted in a recent settlement with the city.


  • D.C. high school student who was shot in apparent robbery attempt has died. [Post]
  • A transgender patient is accusing Medstar Georgetown University Hospital of discrimination. [WAMU]
  • There will be no (e)merge art fair this year. [Arts Desk]
  • Escalator work expected to last three years begins at Van Ness station. [Post]


Local Music: The versatile Kokayi flexes some R&B range on his new single.

Digital Vigil: A new site aims to pick up where Homicide Watch left off.

Middle Eats: The Green Zone is bringing Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails to EatsPlace.

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

  • Nonprofits with Karl Racine ties benefit from a settlement he approved. [LL]
  • Dirt bikes frustrate residents, police. [Post]
  • McMillan returns to the Zoning Commission. [WBJ]
  • New law offers protections for pregnant workers. [DCist]
  • The District looks for temporary central library replacements. [WBJ]
  • D.C. isn’t as nice as Jeb Bush thinks. [Post]
  • When is all this contruction too much? [Post]

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

  • There will be no (e)merge art fair at the Capitol Skyline this year. [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to Kokayi flex some R&B range on “History.” [Arts Desk]
  • To ensure the authenticity of a ceremony at this year’s Folklife Festival, organizers are importing coca leaves and a dried llama fetus from Peru. [Post]
  • Prolific Maryland-based erotica author Zane is one of the state’s top tax evaders. [Washingtonian]
  • Meet an up-and-coming D.C. set designer, fresh out of college and already getting props from top local directors. [Post]
  • Listen to a new electro-pop tune from Cruzie Beaux, aka Kristina Reznikov (formerly of Drop Electric). [Bandwidth]
  • Bravo appears to be filming a new reality show about wealthy black women in Potomac, Md. [Post]

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

  • Beholding the magnificence of D.C.’s Southeastern Asian dining scene [Eater]
  • Bourbon Coffee takes over Pound the Hill [Post]
  • Slash Run from owners of El Chucho opens in Petworth on July 6. [PoPville]
  • Five great restaurants to blow off a Friday [Zagat]
  • Restaurant owners and food trucks battle as Arlington county readies zoning pilot. [ARLnow]
  • Jrink on 14th Street NW to move to Shaw. [Borderstan]
  • A foodie’s guide to AFI Docs [DCist]