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This week’s cover story: How Eugene “Thunder” Hughes and his boxing gym have outlasted decades of change on 14th Street NW.


  • Ron Machen‘s legacy “may be that he treated the people he caught better than the people he never charged.” [Loose Lips]
  • H Street NE may not need the streetcar, but Benning Road does. [Housing Complex]
  • David Catania has a new job. It’s his old job. [Loose Lips]
  • Nintendo gives a shout-out to a mayor named Bowser. [Post]


We Are Family: Diners and servers mingle at public staff meals and industry nights.

Gear Prudence: How to bike in a city of many potholes.

R.I.P., HQ: The old City Paper office is finally being demolished.

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

  • Cops say missing data isn’t caused by their database. [Post]
  • Ron Machen shrugs, quits. [LL]
  • Jail contract fight looms for Muriel Bowser. [LL]
  • CRUZ [PostTimes]
  • Injured cop waits 20 minutes for an ambulance. [Post]
  • Benning Road needs the streetcar. [Housing Complex]
  • What’s up with Walter Fauntroy? [NBC4]
  • Post ed board: boo to Metro’s PR blitz. [Post]
  • David Catania gets a job. [LL]

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

  • How an unassuming boxing gym has survived decades of change on 14th Street NW. [WCP]
  • Walmart-commissioned study finds Walmart’s had a positive impact on D.C. [WBJ]
  • Transit union says nine streetcar workers were fired for organizing. [DCist]
  • A withdrawn proposal hints at the possible future of Georgetown’s Fillmore School. [UrbanTurf]
  • Two Maryland counties back Pepco-Exelon merger. [Post]
  • But three D.C. Councilmembers express their doubts. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Petite LeDroit Park rowhouse—-$499,700

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

  • If a band hires a booker and a publicist, is it still “DIY”? [Bandwidth]
  • Listen to a new slow-banger from self-described hippies Pinky KillaCorn and Visto. [Arts Desk]
  • A dispatch from Rare Essence‘s show at SXSW, the festival’s first-ever go-go performance [Post]
  • D.C.’s SXSW showcase used to be DIY; now it’s a government-run affair. [Washingtonian]
  • An interview with Bombay Knox’s Kevin Chambers on finding inspiration for designs and managing time as a freelance artist [Panda Head]
  • The National Gallery has reunited three paintings of the wise men of the Bible for the first time since 1881. [Post]

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

  • A history of Ethiopian food in D.C. [DCist]
  • Hangover cures from experts in the bar and restaurant industry [Washingtonian]
  • Late night meal delivery service launches in Arlington. [ARLnow]
  • Black and Orange closes on 14th Street NW. [PoPville]
  • How to eat and drink your way through the Cherry Blossom Festival [Zagat]
  • DNV has a cocktail with a Campari fruit roll-up moustache. [Eater]
  • Town Hall named among the biggest bro bars in the country. [Thrillist]