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The feds say that Vince Gray tried to convince another 2010 mayoral contender, possibly Leo Alexander, to drop out of the race, potentially in exchange for a government job. These allegations surfaced Thursday in a criminal filing against the mayor’s 2010 campaign driver, Mark Long, who is charged with conspiring to cover up Jeff Thompson‘s shadow campaign for Gray.


  • Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was found guilty Thursday of 11 counts of corruption. His wife, Maureen McDonnell, was found guilty of eight counts. [Post]
  • The D.C. Taxicab Commission is apparently cracking down on Uber drivers accepting ride hails, though Uber says the commission is abusing its power and harassing drivers trying to make a living. [News4]
  • Frank Gehry is revising the design of the memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower, proposing to eliminate metal tapestries on the sides of the memorial square and some columns. [WJLA]
  • Expulsions at D.C. charter schools are down 50 percent in the last two years and suspensions are down 20 percent in the last year as part of an effort to decrease the number of expulsions and suspensions issued. [Post]


Etiquette Issue:  Our D.C. Etiquette Issue is on stands. WCP writers and contributors answer all the D.C. etiquette questions you never knew you had, from how to appropriately ask for weed at a party to whether you should drink that water in an Uber. So stop being so rude, dammit!

Tough But Fair: There’s a new diss track out against U Street’s Brixton and the man behind it had this to say about the bar: “It is the epicenter of the overpaid white douchery that is choking our fair city.”

Magic Number: Follow our new series tracking how close the Nats are to clinching their division. Today’s magic number: 17.

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

  • Prosecutors accuse Vince Gray of scheming to get his opponent out of the 2010 race in new criminal charges against his driver. [LLPost, NBC4]
  • Just in time: LL’s etiquette guide for how to ask for a shadow campaign. [WCP]
  • False confession featured in This American Life leads to a lawsuit against MPD. [LL]
  • The Metropolitan Police Department will start testing body cameras in October. [Times]
  • Mayoral candidates will weigh in on Relisha Rudd disappearance report…if they have to. [Post]
  • Forrester Construction head, at center of D.C. contracting investigation, found dead. [WBJ]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras compares Muriel Bowser unfavorably to a young Marion Barry. [Post]
  • Banning cyclists from streetcar tracks pits smart growth against smart growth. [WAMU]
  • Major discipline measures drop for charter school students. [Post]
  • Tony Williams, other notables on D.C.’s Olympic bid committee. [LL, WBJ, WBJ]

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

  • Mapping the correlation between poverty and low test scores [GGW]
  • Feds give D.C. $30 million to protect the region from nukes. [DCist]
  • Frank Gehry alters the Eisenhower Memorial design. [WJLA]
  • A long-vacant Southwest lot hosts an art installation. [OPinions]
  • Home sales pick up in Trinidad. [UrbanTurf]
  • Americans find it hard to rent, but prefer more sale to more rental stock. [CityLab]
  • High-speed rail between D.C. and Baltimore gets serious. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Kalorama 1BR condo—-$399,000

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

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