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Happy Pride Week! Our annual Gay Issue is on stands, and right here, today. This year’s package features our abridged Encyclopedia of Gay D.C.-—a tribute to the ups and downs, ins and outs, and tops and bottoms of the D.C. LGBTQ community, from politics to parties to, of course, Pride.


  • D.C. fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe will step down on July 2 amid controversy. [City Desk]
  • Now that Mayor Vince Gray is a lame duck, who’s actually in charge at the Wilson Building? [Loose Lips]
  • A judge ruled that Relisha Rudd‘s younger brothers should remain in the custody of the D.C. government. But if their mom meets certain court ordered conditions, she could be reunited with her boys in a year. [Post]
  • A body was found in the wreckage of a massive condominium fire on the eastern edge of Capitol Hill. [Post]


A Streetcar Named Misfire: Who’s right on trolley funding: the Council or the mayor?

Bagel Gazing: Can the latest crop of artisan bakers free D.C. from its doughy angst?

Pride Day: Wilson High School’s principal came out as gay in front of his students Wednesday during a Pride event.

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

  • Embattled fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe will reportedly step down next month. [Post]
  • If Vince Gray is a lame duck, who’s in charge? [LL]
  • The Gay Issue, featuring lots of LGBT politics in the District, and Marion Barry[WCP]
  • Appeals court panel says attorney general election can’t be delayed to 2015. [LLPostWAMU]
  • After Phil Mendelson cut the streetcar budget, what’s next? [Housing Complex]
  • The streetcar could take even longer to finish. [Housing Complex]
  • Wilson High principal comes out at school gay pride rally. [City DeskPost]
  • The D.C. United deal in detail. [WAMU]
  • Pride weekend expected to draw 250,000. [Blade]

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

  • An encyclopedia of gay D.C., from accidental sex-banning to ZAMI. [WCP]
  • Century-old Pleasant Plains warehouses get a new life as condos. [WBJ]
  • Could an old Palisades streetcar line become a walking and biking trail? [GGW]
  • MPD advises residents to wear bright colors while walking in the daytime, reflective clothing at night. [@DCPoliceDept]
  • And DDOT tells cyclists to stay off the sidewalk, even when the street’s not so usable. [@KG_DC]
  • With his budget skewered and streetcar funding slashed, does lame duck Vince Gray have any authority? [LL]
  • Brookland condo project gets a new look. [UrbanTurf]
  • San Francisco voters give themselves the right to vote up or (more likely) down new development projects. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Thomas Circle 1BR—$385,000

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

  • A list of rad women video artists in an exhibit opening tomorrow at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. [Huffington Post]
  • If you’ve got a “DC POLITICAL LOOK,” you could get your hands dirty withFrank Underwood and the gang as a House of Cards extra. [DCist]
  • D.C.’s theaters go all out for the Pride parade and festival. Don’t forget to pick up a pair of Arena Stage-branded tighty whities! [Post]
  • A summer playlist from DJ Rekha, who spins at Asia After Dark this Saturday [Post]
  • Why Rabbl’s crowd-funded band-booking model sells D.C. bands (and audiences) short [DCist]
  • Take a first look at the costumes and make-up of the Kennedy Center’s Side Show. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • An interview with the Everymen, who play Velvet Lounge tomorrow night [BYT]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Summer restaurant openings to look out for [Eater]
  • Rock Salt, coming to Mosaic District, will change name to avoid confusion withBlackSalt. [WBJ]
  • Chef Todd Gray‘s vegan brunch at the Corcoran moves to Equinox. [Post]
  • The best and worst of summer dining in D.C. [Zagat]
  • The ultimate summer intern guide [BYT]
  • D.C.’s 11 most important restaurant openings this spring. [Thrillist]
  • 25 hours with Rogue 24 chef RJ Cooper [NoVa Mag]