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Summer is here! Mayor Vince Gray is kicking off Memorial Day weekend and pool season today, which means this is his last chance to publicly cannonball into a pool.


  • District adoption laws are drawing lesbian couples to give birth to their children within city limits so that both parents can be legal guardians. [Post]
  • Police are looking for a man who violently robbed three women in the Capitol Hill and NoMa neighborhoods. In two of the robberies, the man stabbed the victims in the neck.[WAMU]
  • The 180-foot Capital Wheel opens today on National Harbor.  [News4]
  • Who will pay for the Silver Line delays? It’s still unclear. [WAMU]


Swallow the Money: Our latest cover story takes a look at the people funding D.C.’s restaurant boom: the investors.

Shame Spiral: Fifty U.S. Senate Democrats signed a letter urging the NFL to change the name of Washington’s football team.

Gnaw and Order: A comparison of D.C.’s restaurant delivery services.

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

  • Fewer councilmembers have second jobs. [Post]
  • Vince Gray kicks off pool season this morning…but will he cannonball? [LL]
  • Post ed board says David Catania‘s “Muriel Bowser puppet” ad is sexist and cynical. [Post]
  • The politics to watch for at last night’s building association awards. [WBJ]
  • Metro crime drops. [WAMU]
  • What will the H Street NE streetcar mean for gentrification? [WAMU]
  • The 16th St. bus lane will have to wait. [WAMU]
  • District adoption law draws lesbians hoping to grow their families. [Post]
  • Eight principals leave the D.C. school system. [Post]

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

  • Why NoMa got $50 million for parks and your neighborhood didn’t. [west north]
  • D.C. population jumps 79 percent when commuters arrive. [CityLab]
  • Bill would cut affordability period for subsidized housing. [GGW]
  • World War II Memorial goes high-tech, with Wi-Fi and interactive kiosks. [AP]
  • These are the situations that put cyclists in mortal danger. [Streetsblog]
  • Blast from the past: Ladies’ waiting room at Union Station. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: Victorian-contemporary-fusion condo—$862,500

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

  • Want to spend 13 hours in a dark room watching Orange is the New Black? There’s a Kimpton hotel for that. [DCist]
  • Vox’s Matt Yglesias, performance artist Holly Bass, Fugazi‘s Brendan Canty, and Transformer’s Victoria Reis discuss the future of the arts in D.C. [Arts Desk]
  • A guide to the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden, if you can brave the bros… [Express]
  • …and speaking of the NGA, the museum just received a 62-piece bequest of rare paintings and sketches. [Post]
  • Photos from Ex-Cult‘s show at DC9 [BYT]
  • Laughing Man is back at it with a new single, “Brilliant Colors,” partially inspired by a mother’s tough love. [Bandwidth]
  • “I have nothing to teach. I have nothing to learn. I am no one.” See if Cass McCombs is humble or just full of shit on Sunday at the Black Cat. [Express]

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

  • Bartender J.P. Caceres will be deported to Bolivia today. [Post]
  • A comparison of D.C.’s four newest whiskey bars [Thrillist]
  • Where to get brunch Memorial Day weekend [Washingtonian]
  • 29 Diner in Fairfax closes after more than 60 years. [Eater]
  • The best power breakfasts in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Five restaurants you might actually be able to get into this weekend. [WBJ]