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Mayoral candidate David Catania turned in 7,000 signatures—more than twice the required amount—to the D.C. Board of Elections Tuesday so he could appear on November’s ballot. These signatures still need to be verified. But in the meantime, he  touted some unreleased internal polling, which he says shows him in a close race with Muriel Bowser, who, according to one March poll, he previously trailed by more than 30 percentage points.


  • D.C. officials are cutting off couples’ “love locks” from the Key Bridge in the name of safety. [Post]
  • A man was killed in a single-vehicle car crash early this morning on the 1400 block of H Street NE. [News4]
  • For now, the low-income housing unit in Chinatown will not be razed. [Housing Complex]
  • Marion Barry‘s car was released from the impound lot after he paid off some of his tickets, which totaled close to $3,000. He got the rest dismissed from a ticket adjudicator. [WAMU]


Swan Song: HR-57 jazz club will close on H Street NE this Saturday and has plans to reopen in Northwest sometime early next year.

Shame Spiral: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has finally said the Washington football team’s name should be changed.

Cheese Please: Union Market’s Righteous Cheese is the only place in the entire country where you can find a certain type of award-winning sheep’s milk cheese.

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

  • Marion Barry pays off or gets “adjudicated” $2,800 worth of traffic tickets, gets his car back. [Post,WAMU]
  • Former Vince Gray staffer, now working for Muriel Bowser, accused of drunkenly threatening restaurants with DCRA inspectors. [LL]
  • Mayoral hopeful David Catania files 7,000 petitions to get on the ballot, says poll shows the race has narrowed. [LL, WAMUPost]
  • Chinatown tenants worrying about getting tossed get a break from their landlord. [Housing Complex]
  • Post ed board backs equal funding for charters. [Post]
  • Data show median D.C. rent dipping. [InTheCapital]
  • Vincent Orange visits a head shop. [Twitter]
  • Streetcar training encounters blocked tracks. [WAMU]
  • Downtown protest of Guinean protest gets ugly downtown. [WTOP]
  • Justice for Slim Charles: Cops shut down club where Anwan “Big G” Glover was stabbed. [Post]
  • Playground for “makers” ditches Navy Yard. [Housing Complex]
  • Kid police chief in Arlington doesn’t like bar-hopping—just like real Arlington pols! [Post]

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

  • Silver Line gets 16,000 daily riders—mostly former Orange Line riders. [UrbanTurf]
  • Smithsonian in the hunt for a new headquarters. [WBJ]
  • Poverty in the D.C. suburbs has risen sharply. [DCist]
  • Next stop for micro-units: Georgetown. [UrbanTurf]
  • Apartments in new Woodley Park building rent for up to $12,000 a month. [WBJ]
  • Many renters could afford to buy, but they have to compete with cash-paying corporations. [CityLab]
  • Today on the market: Rowhouse off H Street NE—$550,000

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

  • HR-57 is closing its H Street NE doors for good—-but will open in a new Northwest location sometime next year. [Arts Desk]
  • Lee Rosenbaum on the Corcoran’s “unconvincing case” for dissolution [Wall Street Journal]
  • Lumen8Anacostia will not be held this year, due to lack of funding. [Arts Desk]
  • The release of TheatreWashington’s forthcoming online casting database for local actors, TheatreWork, has been delayed due to a developer “meltdown.” [Post]
  • Igor Escudero of Delorean, which plays the Black Cat on August 15, on bringing computers into the songwriting process [BYT]

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

  • A look back at Yelp on its 10th anniversary [Eater]
  • Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. will pop-up at Roofers Union late night. [Washingtonian]
  • Some high-end restaurants are now using tickets instead of reservations. [NPR]
  • Lotus Lounge files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy [WBJ]
  • Former Vince Gray staffer was allegedly fired for abusing position at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. [Loose Lips]
  • Bo Dogs closes in Penn Quarter [PoPville]
  • Fiola names new executive chef and beverage director [Zagat]