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The wait is over: Our annual Food Issue is back, with a restaurant and bar for every occasion. Where can you get coffee without fighting for a seat? What’s the best place for a double date with a couple you hate? What’s the least touristy restaurant for an out-of-towner? What’s the best place to break up?


  • Oh, the joys of the off-cycle D.C. Council seat! [Loose Lips]
  • Search warrant reveals bloody bat found at mansion where quadruple homicide happened. [NBC4]
  • Report: Condition of D.C. jail “alarming.” [WAMU]
  • Councilmembers object to school renovation costs—again. [Loose Lips]


Gear Prudence: I’m a bike rack klutz! Help!

Fumble: The mayor’s staffers puzzle over her supposed flip-flop on the local football team name.

School of Jazz: Do jazz musicians need academia? Braxton Cook reflects on a new EP.

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

  • D.C. Council votes on budget on budget autonomy schedule. [Post, WAMU]
  • The benefits of an off-cycle Council seat. [LL]
  • House appropriations draft keeps District marijuana sales illegal. [Times, WAMU]
  • Councilmembers look at the cost of school modernization. [LL]
  • New details on the D.C. United stadium figures. [WBJ]
  • Bowser staffer on Pigskins name flip-flop: “I smell a rat.” [LL]
  • More on Bowser’s planned synthetic drug crackdown. [WAMU]
  • The city issued more than 2 million tickets in 2014. [WBJ]
  • Audit: small businesses missed out on more than $1 billion in spending meant for them. [WBJPost]

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

  • Coming this fall: a film about local undocumented immigrant youth. [Arts Desk]
  • The best shows at this year’s DC Jazz Festival [Arts Desk]
  • D.C. artist Gregg Deal painted a new mural on the outside of the Fridge on Barracks Row. [HillNow]
  • Screen on the Green’s summer movie lineup [DCist]
  • The Librarian of Congress, James Billington, announces his retirement; everyone rejoices. [Post]
  • How should Obama find Billington’s replacement? [Post]

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

  • The hottest new food trucks hitting the streets [Eater]
  • Five food entrepreneurs are vying for a slot in Union Market. [Post]
  • DGS Delicatessen set to open June 15 in Fairfax. [Washingtonian]
  • Where to eat on a boat, train, and bike around D.C. [Express]
  • Five things to try at the new Tupelo Honey Cafe in Arlington [Zagat]
  • Salsa With Silvia coming to Park View. [PoPville]