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The Fort Reno series is back on this summer after concert organizer Amanda MacKaye met with officials from the National Park Service Monday. MacKaye had originally canceled the long-running summer concert series last week after she said NPS unexpectedly told her she would have to pay for a Park Police officer to work each concert.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- The first phase of the District’s minimum wage increase goes into effect today, bumping the wage from $8.25 per hour to $9.50. [City Desk]
- Prosecutors quietly dropped the charges against two people who stole D.C. trash bins with “Take Me” stickers for an art project. [Post]
- NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger, 58, rediscovers her D.C. identity by moving into a pricey CityCenter condo, living right near millennials in Penn Quarter. [Post]
- A new WTOP poll found that a majority, 61 percent, of adults in the region do not feel the Washington football team’s name should be changed, though a majority also believe that the name will be changed. [WTOP]
- D.C. police are investigating five unrelated homicides that occurred in the last four days. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Green Construction: Our latest cover story is a look at how rich foreign investors are helping finance D.C.’s building boom—-in exchange for legal status in the U.S.
Home Turf or Enemy Territory? The D.C. government is hosting a World Cup watch party today on Freedom Plaza. Or, if you prefer, the Belgium Embassy is hosting a watch party in the much cooler courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery.
Name Game: Nevermind that the new Petworth Safeway has been open for less than a week, it needs a nickname STAT. May we suggest the Sanitized Safeway?
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Procurement woes could delay St. Elizabeths move-in by a year. [Post, WBJ]
- Watch the World Cup with Vince Gray—-and potentially an oppressive heat—-in Freedom Square this afternoon. [City Desk, Post, Times, WBJ]
- Metropolitan Police Department looks into five murders in four days. [Post]
- The District’s minimum wage goes up to $9.50 an hour today. [City Desk, Post]
- Zoning update chopped up by the Office of Planning. [Housing Complex]
- The Fort Reno concert series is saved, in part thanks to Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss. [Arts Desk]
- Charges won’t be pursued against alleged Supercan thieves. [Post]
- Gas prices up in the D.C. area. [WAMU]
- What to call Petworth’s Safeway? [City Desk]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- Don’t expect construction at St. Elizabeths for another year. [WBJ]
- Metro defends Blue Line changes as Silver Line opening approaches. [DCist]
- Details on the Silver Line opening. [GGW]
- Average home sale in Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase topped $1 million in May. [UrbanTurf]
- Arlington grows smartly: As population booms, traffic drops. [GGW]
- A petition against further retreat on the zoning update. [Coalition for Smarter Growth]
- Oregon study shows that Oregonian bikers stop for red lights more than D.C. bikers. [Streetsblog]
- Today on the market: Two-story Georgetown retail building—$1,250,000
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Need help parsing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s Hobby Lobby dissent? Jonathan Mann‘s put it into song. [DCist]
- Cathy Lanier ordered a four-day closure of Lux Lounge after a gun was fired in a fight outside the club. [WJLA]
- Roald Dahl‘s The BFG gets puppet-ized at Imagination Stage. [Post]
- At the closing of his website ShowBizRadio, Michael Clark credits Capital Fringe “for the phenomenon of anyone thinking they can make a go of creating their own theater company.” [DC Theatre Scene]
- Fort Reno’s back on, after all. [Arts Desk]
- Avicii “bull[ied] the brain” at Jiffy Lube Live. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Where to tour a brewery this summer [Eater]
- The hottest poolside drinking and dining in D.C. [Zagat]
- Fat Pete’s BBQ opens July 3 in Cleveland Park. [PoPville]
- Britain wants the U.S. to lift its ban on haggis. [NPR]
- The food and drink lover’s guide to Fourth of July [Washingtonian]
- What should Petworth’s new Safeway be named? [City Desk]
- A day with a truffle dealer [VICE]
- Jack Rose Dining Saloon isn’t just for drinking anymore. [Post]