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Verizon doesn’t plan to renew its sponsorship of the Verizon Center, whose naming rights the company has owned since the building opened in 1997 as the MCI Center.


  • Judge strikes down heart of D.C. gun law. [WAMU]
  • Vincent Orange got outplayed by three freshmen on his own committee. [Loose Lips]
  • ANC votes to end liquor license moratorium in west Dupont Circle. [Barred in DC]
  • DCPS’ biggest challenge, in one chart. [Housing Complex]


Fact Check: How accurate is Pitch Perfect? We asked D.C.-area a cappella singers.

Signing Off: Outgoing City Paper reporter Aaron Wiener says goodbye to his readers.

I Know What You’ll Do This Summer: Find out in the 2015 Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide.

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

  • Judge strikes down portion of the new gun law. [WAMU]
  • Vincent Orange gets outplayed at his committee. [LL]
  • Maryland gives conditional approval to the Pepco-Exelon takeover. [WBJ]
  • Capitol Hill residents want intersection changed. [WAMU]
  • Adios to Housing Complex’s Aaron Wiener. [Housing Complex]

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

  • How accurate is Pitch Perfect 2? We asked D.C.-area a cappella singers. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of Drop Electric and Laughing Man at Artisphere [D.C. Music Download]
  • D.C. will give out $1.2 million in incentives for production studios to film movies and TV shows here. [Washingtonian]
  • A review of Shark Week‘s record release show [DCist]
  • Photos of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington at the Lincoln Theatre [BYT]

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

  • Which of the D.C. area’s fast-casual pizza places is doing it best? [Post]
  • ANC votes to end west Dupont liquor license moratorium. [Barred in DC]
  • 3 Stars Brewing Company voluntarily recalls 750 mL bottles of its Pandemic Porter. [DC Beer]
  • Five places to eat near the 9:30 Club [Washingtonian]
  • Restaurant offering discount for traffic tickets abruptly closes in Shaw, moves to Anacostia. [PoPville]
  • The early word on Provision No. 14 [Eater]