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This week’s cover story: Fourteen years ago, advocates took what they learned at Malcolm X Park, a federal park pulled from the grips of drugs and violence, to Marvin Gaye Park in Ward 7. Today, it’s turned a corner.


  • Can a Republican win a D.C. Council seat in the foreseeable future? [Loose Lips]
  • Meet the guy who’s bringing a vinegar revolution to D.C. [Young & Hungry]
  • Replace Metro railcars or fix them? [WAMU]
  • How is Rev. Anthony Motley avoiding jail time? It’s a mystery, for now. [Loose Lips]


Gear Prudence: Now that I work from home, I miss my bike commute. Help!

Disservice Journalism: Why was Gothamist’s guide to D.C. all based around one hotel in Dupont Circle?

Desk Duty: A new food delivery service aims to end “sad desk lunch.”

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

  • After a leadership shake-up, D.C. Republicans try to rebuild. [LL]
  • Budget bills pass unanimously as court ruling goes in favor of budget autonomy.[LLPostTimes, WAMU, WAMUWBJDCist]
  • How did Rev. Anthony Motley get such a sweet deal with prosecutors? [LL]
  • Post reporter Robert McCartney butters up Muriel Bowser in emails. [LL]
  • Brandon Todd‘s chief of staff brings a comically lackluster management record with her. [LL]
  • Union wants streetcar workers rehired. [DCist]
  • LL talks about the District’s incommoding law on Fox 5. [Fox 5]
  • Cartoon at center of Garland, TX shooting could head to a Metro bus. [Post]
  • Program aims to make solar panels more affordable. [Post]

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

  • Listen to a new Taylor Swift cover from Maryland post-punk act Two Inch Astronaut. [Arts Desk]
  • Sunday Drone Brunch—as in the music genre, and the meal—is a three-years-running D.C. tradition. [Bandwidth]
  • Kidd Cole, a con man who purported to be a rapper and was caught in a bunch of lies by MTV’s Catfish, was arrested for making unfounded threats to Metro. [Post]
  • D.C. playwright collective the Welders is experimenting with a CSA for theater. [DCist]
  • How the El Mansouris, a local supergroup that debuted with three sold-out art-space shows in February, got its start [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Lots of people are bringing their kids to breweries. [Express]
  • Six myths about tipping in restaurants [Washingtonian]
  • Where to go for karaoke [Eater]
  • Pinstripes eyes two more D.C.-area sites. [WBJ]
  • Shanghai Tokyo Cafe coming to Columbia Heights this summer. [PoPville]
  • District Beans delivers locally roasted coffee to your door. [Post]