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This week’s cover story: Just standing outside can get you arrested in some parts of the District. Activists and the people arrested say a law against blocking the sidewalk is used to harass black men, the homeless, and protesters.


  • Why is D.C.’s breakfast scene so weak? [Young & Hungry]
  • In his final City Paper column, Aaron Wiener offers his not-so-modest proposals for improving D.C. [Housing Complex]
  • The go-go website TMOTTGoGo.com prepares to mark its 20th anniversary. [Arts Desk]
  • Poll: Residents support Muriel Bowser‘s proposed sales tax increase. [Post]


Gear Prudence: I’m about to bike over shards of glass. Slow down or speed up?

Go East: Glen’s Garden Market will open a second location.

Slate Set: Here’s the lineup for this year’s AFI DOCS.

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

  • Gun permit applicants in limbo after new court ruling. [WAMU]
  • Marion C. Barry pleads guilty, backs off Ward 8 race. [LL, NBC4]
  • Mary Cheh backs away from Vincent Orange bill, and VO isn’t pleased. [LL]
  • Cheh’s annual joke budget is funnier, more cutting than before. [LL]
  • More on D.C. General children who showed traces of lead. [NBC4]
  • Top-performing principals will get three-year appointments. [Post]
  • Drug court attendees get their graduation. [Post]

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

  • This year’s AFI DOCS slate is full of gold. [Arts Desk]
  • Studio Theatre’s barroom theater set-up for Murder Ballad gave one Chief Ike’s bartender a shot at his first acting gig. [Post]
  • London-based concert promoter Sofar is booking seated shows in living rooms around D.C. [DCist]
  • D.C. technical writer Yasmin Naficy tries to sell three screenplays at the Cannes film festival. [Post]
  • A rundown of current and closed music venues in Charlottesville, Va. [BYT]
  • Photos of TV on the Radio at Echostage [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Where to eat and drink by the pool this Memorial Day weekend [Washingtonian]
  • Mark Bittman eats fish scraps at Izakaya Seki. [NYTimes]
  • Five new vegetarian sandwiches to try [Zagat]
  • Where to eat at the airport [Eater]
  • Mignot Restaurant & Coffeehouse coming to Petworth. [PoPville]
  • Activists pile on at McDonald’s shareholders meeting. [NPR]