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The D.C. Council gave initial approval to “ban the box” legislation, which restricts when in the hiring process an employer can check an applicant’s criminal background, banning the process of screening a prospective employee based on his or her criminal record.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Kelvin Robinson, a former council candidate and chief of staff to Mayor Tony Williams, pleaded guilty in Superior Court Tuesday to o conspiring to conceal illegal shadow campaign help from Jeff Thompson in two 2010 races. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C. General residents rallied Tuesday night to demand sweeping changes to their massive homeless shelter. [News4]
  • The story of an aspiring D.C. hip-hop artist whose life was tragically ended by his own gun. [Post]
  • Another sinkhole wreaks havoc downtown. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Supermarket Sweeps: Take a look inside the soon-to-be-open Petworth Safeway.

Best of the Best: Meet the man who was just named “Millennial of the Year.”  He doesn’t ride a bike, doesn’t partake in bottomless brunch, and his favorite bar is Darlington House.

Not so Serendipitous: Georgetown’s Serendipity 3, which sold a $1,000 sundae, closed after allegedly owing its landlord nearly $100,000.

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

  • D.C. Council backs Tommy Wells‘ “ban the box” bill for ex-felons. [Post]
  • Jeff Thompson shadow campaign recipient Kelvin Robinson pleads guilty. [LLWAMUPost]
  • Who’s next after Robinson? [WAMU]
  • Thompson gets government and court approval to travel to Jamaica. [LL]
  • Dupont Circle ANC commissioner enters the at-large race. [LL]
  • Soccer stadium hearing scheduled for June 26. [Post]
  • Inside the Petworth Safeway. [Housing Complex]
  • Anti-yoga tax “burpee” crew fails to overwhelm Wilson Building. [City Desk]
  • Tom Sherwood: stop complaining that prosecutors named Vince Gray in court. [NBC4]
  • Post ed board gives a thumbs-up to Phil Mendelson‘s tax cuts. [Post]
  • Millennial Week continues with an interview with D.C.’s top millennial. [City Desk]
  • Summer returns, and so do the sinkholes. [Post]

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

  • Budget includes $10 million for park over Connecticut Avenue. [GGW]
  • More big moves at DMPED: Top business development official leaves [WBJ]
  • …and top real estate official takes over the deputy mayor job. [EOM]
  • Apartments and retail coming to Union Market. [Post]
  • Calculate your odds of finding a CaBi bike or open dock. [GGW]
  • A look inside Twelve12 at The Yards, where apartments range from $2,100 to $4,500. [JDLand]
  • More condos coming to U Street area. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Studio at the Southwest Waterfront—$145,000

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

  • Listen to Hyattsville electronic duo PLOY‘s summery “Sunset Love.” [D.C. Music Download]
  • Want to make music near a Metro station for no money? Audition for Metro Performs! tomorrow. [DCist]
  • David Combs (Spoonboy) explains the difference between his solo music and that of the Max Levine Ensemble. [BYT]
  • D.C. has a love/hate (emphasis on the hate) relationship with Brutalist architecture. [Curbed]
  • David Gaines and Tuyet Thi Pham on what drew them to Spooky Action Theater’s Kwaidan [DC Metro Theater Arts]
  • Flying in the face of good-faith local music support, the Pinch will use Rabbl, a concert crowd-funding website, to choose its shows’ opening acts based on tentative credit card deposits from users. [Express]

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

  • J&G Steakhouse will close permanently in June. [Washingtonian]
  • Nutella vs. every other chocolate hazelnut spread [Post]
  • Spinfire Pizza coming to Rosslyn. [ARLnow]
  • Local food writer Walter Nicholls dies at 64. [Eater]
  • Dangerously Delicious Pies closes in Union Station but hopes to reopen. [PoPville]
  • Five food trucks worth following [Zagat]
  • Shirlington restaurant Blue Sea Seafood & Bar undergoing revamp. [NoVa Mag]