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The wait is over: Our local ex-con TV critic is back, reviewing another season of “Orange Is the New Black.”


  • Trayon White is the latest former Council candidate to go work for Karl Racine. [Loose Lips]
  • Shaw residents worried about flooded homes after latest storm. [ABC7]
  • D.C. is having the hottest late spring to early summer stretch on record. [Capital Weather Gang]


Pol Incognito: Undercover councilmember scores “Snooby Snax.”

Gray Area: Ex-Mayor Vince Gray might have another run left in him.

Feast: Find a restaurant or bar for every occasion in our annual Food Issue.

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

  • Proposed rules could block public access to teacher’s evaluations. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser wants harsher penalties for synthetic drug sales. [Post]
  • Yvette Alexander goes undercover to buy synthetic drugs. [LL]
  • Vince Gray won’t rule out another campaign… [LL, WAMU]
  • …and wishes the federal investigation were over. [NBC4]
  • Post ed board unhappy with Phil Mendelson asking for leniency for Harry Thomas Jr. aide. [Post]
  • Karl Racine hires former Ward 8 hopeful Trayon White. [LL]
  • Cabbies grumpy about complaint backlog. [WAMU]
  • Gun-seeking ex-corrections officers have their case tossed. [Times]
  • Pop-up rules aren’t in effect yet. [WBJ]

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

  • The return of Arts Desk’s most popular series ever: A local ex-con reviews Orange is the New Black [Arts Desk]
  • 826DC is moving across the street and shuttering the Museum of Unnatural History. [Post]
  • Four observations from Prince‘s Sunday night show at the Warner Theatre [Express]
  • On the eve of AFI DOCS, a reflection on the current documentary filmmaking climate and its trends [Post]
  • Pop-punk quartet Makeshift Shelters is a band no longer. [Bandwidth]
  • Photos of Haerts at the National Museum of American History [BYT]

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

  • The 10 hottest new restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]
  • D.C.-area chefs to put on your radar [Washingtonian]
  • Chef Rob Weland plans Barracks Row restaurant. [Capitol Hill Corner]
  • How to summer picnic like a boss [DCist]
  • D.C. restaurants that cater weddings [Eater]
  • Centrolina chef Amy Brandwein doesn’t answer to ‘Roberto Donna’s girl.’ [Post]
  • Mount Pleasant Subway protest continues. [PoPville]