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Mayoral candidate—-and ex-Republican—-David Catania had once hoped to face the embattled Mayor Vince Gray in November’s general election. Gray lost the Democratic primary, though, and now Catania is up against Muriel Bowser, the Ward 4 councilmember who has the Democratic establishment behind her. Catania has an impressive record on the Council, but is that enough to take down Bowser? Our latest cover story explores.


  • Should marijuana be legal in D.C.? Voters will decide in November. [Loose Lips]
  • Marion Barry says his supporters offered to pay off some of his traffic and parking tickets. The mayor-for-life, however, says he settled the more than $2,000 in fines on his own. [Post]
  • D.C. is about to have even less affordable housing. [Housing Complex]
  • Did you hear? D.C. is the coolest city in the country, if you believe a new list from Forbes magazine. [Forbes]


Combo Meal: How Natty Boh and a shot of Old Overholt became the D.C. industry drink of choice.

Gear Prudence: Why are there so many awkward pauses at four-way stops? Who has the right-of-way, bikes or cars?

Who Runs the World?: Did a D.C. jeweler design the necklace that Beyoncé is wearing in her Instagram photo?

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

  • This week’s cover: David Catania had the perfect campaign…until Muriel Bowser won the primary. [WCP]
  • Marijuana legalization makes the November ballot. [LL, WAMUTimesPost]
  • Vince Gray declares victory in the cool city wars. [LL]
  • Carol Schwartz turns in her signatures, asks the media to take her seriously. [LL, WAMUPost,
  • Marion Barry refused supporters who volunteered to pay his tickets. [Post]
  • D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson accuses Catania of using Park Southern hearing for “leverage.” [Post]
  • The District will have even less affordable housing. [Housing Complex]
  • Don’t blame this architect for the District’s junk skyline. [Housing Complex]
  • Post ed board declares a win-win on budget autonomy case. [Post]
  • District plays it totally uncool on love locks. [Post]
  • Man accused in Metro hate crime will undergo health screening. [Blade]

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

  • Tenant battles and contingency plans: David Catania tries to find a path to victory. [WCP]
  • More on the Museum Square controversy. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells: Add senior housing to MLK Library. [GGW]
  • Of D.C.’s young renters, 44 percent could afford to buy. [UrbanTurf]
  • Southwest D.C., a century and a half ago [Ghosts of DC]
  • Want to make cities more affordable for families? Start by changing parking regulations. [CityLab]

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

  • In closing arguments, lawyers argue for and against the dissolution of the Corcoran. [Post]
  • Photos of Omar Souleyman at the Howard Theatre [Bandwidth]
  • After a run at the Kennedy Center, Side Show is returning to Broadway. Will it succeed? [Post]
  • House of Cards is filming a motorcade scene on the National Mall on Saturday. [DCist]
  • Actor Brian Childers on playing Danny Kaye onstage for 13 years [DC Theatre Scene]
  • BK ADAMS.I AM ART on finding the art scene in D.C. and knowing when it’s time to move on [East City Art]

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

  • The 12 best vegan dishes in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • 2014’s new restaurants to date [BYT]
  • The hidden language of restaurant kitchens [VICE]
  • Is José Andrés‘ fast-casual place becoming a reality? [Eater]
  • 2 Birds 1 Stone unveils a menu of cocktails for $10 or less. [Post]
  • New brick oven pizza restaurant coming to Georgetown. [PoPville]
  • Seven new spots to try for Restaurant Week [Zagat]