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Objections against a proposal that would widely expand the city’s 5.75 percent sales tax are mounting. But, sorry gym rats. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he plans to go forward with the proposal, which would expand the sales tax to cover services like health clubs and yoga classes. The proposal would also apply the sales tax to storage facilities, carpet cleaning, car washes, and water deliveries. 


  • D.C. schools are facing the challenges of an increasing number of homeless children in the city. [WAMU]
  • Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is considering dropping his support for the D.C. United Stadium now that funding for the street car project has been slashed. [Loose Lips]
  • The owner and founder of Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter Schools allegedly funneled millions of dollars for the school into a for-profit management company he owns. [Washington Post]
  • A federal judge ordered prosecutors to reveal the name of Mayor Vince Gray in the Jeff Thompson case. Previously, Gray had been referred to as “Mayoral Candidate A.” [Loose Lips]


The Punk Sacraments: D.C. band Priests is about to have a moment that the local punk scene hasn’t experienced in more than a decade: a record that deserves national attention and will likely get it. In our latest cover story, a look into the world, the music, and the community of Priests.

If You Build It: A national study found that bike ridership on L Street NW has increased by 65 percent in the first year since the protected bike lane was installed.

D.C.’s Virginia Grant: D.C. erroneously awarded a grant to help D.C. businesses to a business located in Virginia.

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

  • Councilmember Tommy Wells leans toward opposing soccer stadium proposal in his own ward. [LL]
  • District sues major charter school founder, alleging that he funneled money to his own company. [Post]
  • Judge rules that naming some alleged Jeff Thompson shadow campaign recipients could affect a grand jury. [LLPost]
  • Business improvement grant goes to non-D.C. business.[Housing Complex]
  • Vince Gray says Muriel Bowser didn’t invite him to “unity” fundraiser until hours before it started. [LL]
  • Fitness- and tobacco-related tax increases provoke opposition. [Post]
  • Andy Shallal talks about what he learned on his failed mayoral run. [LL]
  • Vincent Orange: Bowser will be a “lovely, lovely mayor.” [Informer]
  • Millennial Week is here, lock your doors. [City DeskWashingtonian]
  • What life is like for kids at the D.C. General homeless shelter. [WAMU]

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

  • With streetcar funding cut, previous supporter Tommy Wells is a D.C. United stadium skeptic. [LL]
  • Calculate your Silver Line travel time, and how much it’ll set you back. [WMATA]
  • The L Street cycletrack’s so successful, even drivers want more of them. [City Desk]
  • U Street NW Section 8 apartments to become mixed-income residential and retail. [WBJ]
  • D.C. charter chief accused of siphoning off school funds. [Post]
  • D.C.’s largest for-sale property in years coming to The Yards. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Glover Park 1BR—$269,900

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

  • Dave Grohl‘s recording studio-hopping HBO show will be called Sonic Highways. [D.C. Music Download]
  • The Jeff Ballard Trio will play tonight at Blues Alley and, Ballard says, “we’re going to have a great time no matter what.” [DCist]
  • A guide to June’s theater offerings [Washingtonian]
  • Wild with Happy, now playing at Center Stage, was inspired by grief, loss, and…Disney World? [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Capital Fringe placed an ad mocking “gentrifiers’ guilt.” [PoPville]
  • The granddaughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post turned her old home into a museum. Now, she’s stepping down. [Post]

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

  • D.C.’s 10 hottest new restaurants [Zagat]
  • Chef Barry Koslow parts ways with DGS Delicatessen. [Washingtonian]
  • Still standing: German restaurant Cafe Mozart [Eater]
  • More details about Orange Anchor, coming to the Georgetown waterfront [Post]
  • HomeMade Pizza Co. closes in Logan Circle [PoPvilleCrain’s]
  • D.C. is drinking more booze. [DCist]