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Former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown was sentenced to 39 months in prison, a federal judge ruled Thursday. During the sentencing, Brown apologized, saying he “should have resisted the culture of corruption running rampant in our city.”


  • Police say that the man who was shot on a playground on May 20 on the 600 block of Morton Street NW was targeted. A stray bullet also hit and injured a 6-year-old during the shooting. [News4]
  • The D.C. Department of Health officially added six new qualifying conditions to the list of ailments that allow D.C. residents to obtain a medical marijuana license. [WAMU]
  • The D.C. Court of Appeals raised the possibility that voters may still be able to cast ballots this year for the city’s attorney general. [District of DeBonis]
  • The D.C. fitness industry is rallying against the new proposed “gym tax.” [Washington Business Journal]


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.

PR Flop: The Washington football attempted to launch a hashtag campaign as a way for fans to show their support for the team name, but, predictably, it completely backfired.

Fake Top Chef: The Ballston Restaurant Challenge is actually a total sham.

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

  • Ex-councilmember Michael Brown gets 39 months in prison for bribery charge. [LL, PostTimes]
  • D.C. Council budget includes $200K to study the soccer stadium proposal. [WBJ]
  • Gyms organize against “yoga tax.” [WBJ]
  • As expected, Vince Gray isn’t happy about the Council raiding the streetcar budget for tax cuts. [WBJ]
  • Paul Zukerberg heads to appeals court for another chance at keeping attorney general vote in 2014.
  • New medical marijuana rules add new diseases to qualifying list. [WAMU]
  • It’s not necessarily “cool” to be independent like David Catania, says Peter Rosenstein. [Blade]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Catania “puppet” ad about Muriel Bowser wasn’t sexist. [Post]

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray strikes back at Council for streetcar funding cuts. [WBJ]
  • When well-intentioned affordable housing policies backfire. [Market Urbanism]
  • D.C. tiny house leads tiny house contest. [UrbanTurf]
  • Council, ambivalent about stadium plan, approves funds to study it. [WBJ]
  • How does DCRA catch illegal rentals? Informants, usually. [UrbanTurf]
  • It’d cost about $32 billion to Minneapolize the country. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: Mount Pleasant 1BR—$249,900

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

  • New hip-hop artists, desperate for listeners, are paying bloggers to write about them. [Bandwidth]
  • The Howard Theatre: punk protest, or just careless?  [PoPville]
  • D.C.’s House of Cards shoot caused more drama than Frank Underwood would. [Loose Lips]
  • Filmmaker Jeff Krulik (of Led Zeppelin Played Here) shares his documentary origins. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Local rapper and producer yU‘s humility might be keeping him from fame. [WTOP]
  • Tomorrow at Politics & Prose: Find out what scares Americans from a local author who’s done his research. [DCist]
  • Take in some art on the move at these area art walks. [Washingtonian]

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

  • A supper-club flow chart [Express]
  • Travel the world by visiting these local restaurants [Thrillist]
  • BLT Steak now has wagyu flights. [Eater]
  • How to enjoy Thai food at Elephant Jumps like a pro. [Post]
  • Where to drink whiskey this weekend [Zagat]
  • Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria opening in two to three weeks. [PoPville]