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In the wake of a fatal failure to dispatch the nearest ambulance to a child who was choking on a grape, D.C. officials admitted that the city’s dispatch system was struggling with a computer problem.


  • D.C.’s annual “Potholepalooza” launches today. [NBC4]
  • Local rapper Yung Gleesh was charged with sexual assault in Austin. [Arts Desk]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser hinted at using eminent domain for the new soccer stadium. [Loose Lips]
  • José Andrés is already planning to open a second location for his new fast-casual restaurant. [Post]


Song Premiere: Louis Weeks purges his influences with “Fire.”

Orange Crushed: Councilmember Vincent Orange laments the low budget for this year’s Emancipation Day celebration.

Fifty-Fifty: If you’re willing to drop another $50 at Minibar, you can buy a last-minute reservation.

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

  • Technical problems blamed for slowed ambulance response. [TimesWAMUPost]
  • The D.C. United stadium project inches closer to eminent domain. [LL]
  • Ron Machen still pretty tight-lipped on Vince Gray investigation. [Post]
  • SEIU Council backs LaRuby May in Ward 8. [SEIU]
  • Vincent Orange unhappy with Emancipation Day budget slim-down. [LL]
  • DCPS aims to takes middle school students abroad. [Post]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton wants airport investigation. [Post]
  • Post ed board: Back off, Republicans. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • National Park Service plans to use dogs to chase geese off the Mall. [AP]
  • Muriel Bowser hints at eminent domain for Akridge land at soccer stadium site. [LL]
  • Where Metro train cars go to die. [GGW]
  • The evolving design of a big residential project at Union Market. [UrbanTurf]
  • After a long and tortuous process, a dog daycare center at 14th and Florida NW can move forward. [SALM]
  • In 1927, a tornado caused major damage in D.C. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: Anacostia rowhouse—-$390,000

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

  • Was SXSW worth the trip? Alex Tebeleff of Paperhaus thinks so… [BYT]
  • …and the band dropped a new video, for “So Slow,” too. [Impose]
  • Photos from Ms. Kim’s 20th-anniversary show at the Howard Theatre [TMOTTGoGo]
  • No one knows whether the new X-Files episodes will film in D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • Photos of Jonny Grave & the TombstonesDeepa de JourCherie Sweetbottom, and Laura Tsaggaris at the Black Cat [BYT]
  • Radiohead‘s OK Computer and Sesame Street‘s “Rubber Duckie” are now in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. [Post]

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

  • What happens when a 4-year-old and a restaurant critic review the same meal? [NoVa Mag]
  • Sample the Beer Madness finalists at Meridian Pint on Thursday. [Post]
  • Eight places to try different styles of horchata [Eater]
  • Where to find speculoos cookie desserts in Washington [Washingtonian]
  • D.C.’s first cat cafe will become a reality. [DCist]
  • Think you know D.C. restaurants? Take this quiz. [Express]
  • Red Robin Burger Works opens downtown. [PoPville]