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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.


  • D.C. tried to lure in a House of Cards shoot, but instead got a House of Cards plot of its own. A look at how the internal politics really went down. [Loose Lips]
  • One of the biggest loopholes in the city housing code is that D.C. can’t regulate mold. For residents, that can be devastating. [Housing Complex]
  • The D.C. Council opted to slash the streetcar budget, but it looks like tax cuts are on their way. [Loose Lips]
  • A 90-year-old woman had to wait more than 45 minutes after collapsing in her Fort Dupont home to be transported to the hospital. She was ultimately transported by a fire engine. [Post]


Booze and Driving: Just what we needed—-a new booze delivery service launched in D.C. this week.

Another One Bites the Dust: Victor Hoskins, the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, is leaving Mayor Vince Gray‘s lame duck administration for a job in Prince George’s County.

The Next New York: New York-style bagels will be sold at a pop-up at Cork Market on 14th Street NW for the next two weekends. More than 200 bagels have already been pre-sold.

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

  • House of Cards sets off House of Cards-level drama within D.C. government. [LL]
  • Council opts for tax cuts over streetcar money. [LLPostWBJ, WAMU]
  • Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins ditches Vince Gray‘s administration for PG County. [Housing ComplexWBJ]
  • Yvette Alexander won’t run for an at-large seat. [LLPost]
  • Ex-councilmember Michael Brown will be sentenced on bribery, Jeff Thompson-related charges today. [Post]
  • Alexander and Gray fall out over hospital money. [LL, WBJ]
  • The yoga tax returns. [Post]
  • What happened to the streetcar’s defenders? [Post]
  • Tommy Wells tries to save “crunkcakes.” [Washingtonian]
  • Landlords with mold in their properties escape punishment through city loophole. [Housing Complex]
  • Anti-HIV pill use low in the District. [Blade]

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

  • Council votes to cut streetcar funding in favor of tax breaks. [LL]
  • Marion Barry‘s opposition to the streetcar, in tweets. [Post]
  • More details on the competition to design the 11th Street Bridge Park. [Architect]
  • ANC wants violence-prone H Street club closed for good. [DCist]
  • The Zoning Commission still doesn’t love the McMillan development plan. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C. is the fittest city in the country. [InTheCapital]
  • Today on the market: Mount Vernon Triangle 1BR—$429,999

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

  • The D.C. Jewish Community Center is becoming more conservative in its choice of arts programming, subjecting potential performers to questions about their support of Israel. [Post]
  • Watch the pastel, stop-motion video for Brett‘s new single, “Lovers” (and read our review of the band’s self-titled debut). [Portals] [WCP]
  • Photos from the Black Cat: Jonny Grave, Shark Week, Benny, and burlesque [D.C. Music Download]
  • Watch Priests perform songs from their upcoming EP, Bodies and Control and Money and Power (and read this week’s cover story on the band). [Bandwidth] [WCP]
  • A painting of the late Maya Angelou will be hung at the National Portrait Gallery today, where it will be on view through June 12. [DCist]
  • Take advantage of the Corcoran’s Free Summer Saturdays while they still exist. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Booze delivery service launches in D.C. this week [City Desk]
  • “Casual fine dining” restaurant Orange Anchor coming to the Georgetown waterfront. [PoPville]
  • Heavy Seas Alehouse team wants to open a burger joint in D.C. [WBJ]
  • Chef Joe Palma talk about his return to D.C. to work at Bourbon Steak. [Eater]
  • Five must-try summer food and drink festivals [Zagat]
  • Taste test of DGS Delicatessen’s bottomless brunch [BYT]
  • Where to find strawberry dishes [NoVa Mag]