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Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells isn’t running for mayoral candidate David Catania‘s at-large D.C. Council seat, but Elissa Silverman switched her party affiliation to independent and filed papers to run for the soon-to-be-vacated position. Silverman already faces a crowded field, including ex-Eleanor Holmes Norton staffer Robert White, Logan Circle wine bar owner Khalid Pitts, Statehood Green candidate Eugene Puryear, and anti-Walmart activist and Rev. Graylan Hagler.


  • A federal judge ruled that the 2013 referendum granting D.C. budget autonomy holds no legal weight. [Loose Lips]
  • There’s some pretty damning evidence showing the city dumping the old trash cans it collected instead of recycling them. [Post]
  • Changes must be made to alleviate bus commuting problems along 16th Street NW, a D.C. Council report says. [Post]
  • D.C. police announced 15 new speed camera locations. [News4]


Summer Entertainment Guide: It’s hot, it’s muggy, summer is near—-and that means the 2014 Summer Entertainment Guide has arrived. Pick it up or read it online to discover all the music, theater, sports, food, books, museum, and film happenings this summer in the District.

So Celeb: José Andrés acknowledges he likely wasn’t GW’s first choice commencement speaker, and delivered his address this weekend with the help of some celebrities.

On Track(ish): Metro plans to take control of the much delayed Silver Line from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority next week, setting up a possible late-summer opening.

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

  • The Supercan saga continues: Pictures suggest many of the cans aren’t recycled after all. [Post]
  • Vince Gray and CFO Jeff DeWitt prevail as federal judge rules District can’t grant itself budget autonomy. [LL, WAMUPostTimes]
  • Post ed board: time for Congress to grant budget autonomy. [Post]
  • Post says a D.C. United stadium deal is close. [Post]
  • Elissa Silverman jumps into at-large race, Tommy Wells stays out. [LLPost]
  • David Catania says Muriel Bowser is on vacation from her D.C. Council responsibilities. [LL]
  • Ex-Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies says Catania should have someone in a chicken suit. [Washingtonian]
  • H Street braces for the streetcar. [WAMU]
  • Council backs 16th Street bus changes. [Post]
  • Adolf Hitler catches a ride on Metro buses. [Times, Post]
  • The Scene nightclub shut after shooting. [Times]
  • Junk food-loving teens organize a flash mob. [City Desk ]
  • Metro gets closer to a Silver Line takeover. [Housing Complex]
  • Historic preservation board puts out a burn notice on the Spy Museum’s plans for the Carnegie Library. [WBJ]

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

  • Delays on bus improvements have cost D.C. $22 million. [GGW]
  • Budget autonomy takes a step back. [LL]
  • The shifting center of gravity of D.C.’s law firms. [National Law Journal]
  • Amid construction boom, Mount Vernon Triangle ends Section 8 contract. [WJLA]
  • What the streetcar will do to traffic, and what traffic will do to the streetcar. [WAMU]
  • How a stable becomes a house. [UrbanTurf]
  • Get ready for more speed cameras. [DCist]
  • An update on the Wharf construction. [SWTLQTC]
  • After mix-up, Kenyan McDuffie confirms support for McMillan project. [SALM]
  • New project could bring 14th Street NW just what it needs: a restaurant. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Wesley Heights 2BR condo—$529,900

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

  • An oral history of the 9:30 Club, featuring Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, and just about every other big name in D.C. music [Consequence of Sound]
  • Music journalist Lisa Robinson will tell some unvarnished stories from her years on tour at Politics & Prose tomorrow to promote her new book, There Goes Gravity. [DCist]
  • Photos of Angel Olsen and Promised Land Sound at the Rock & Roll Hotel [D.C. Music Download]
  • José Andrés convinced a slew of celebrities (Gwyneth Paltrow, Al Roker, Morgan Freeman, Owen Wilson, and others) to help him with his GW commencement address. [City Desk]
  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf got a private tour of the National Museum of African Art. [Post]
  • Lorde visits Maryland for the first time, watches horsies. [Post]
  • Photos of Swans at the Black Cat [BYT]

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

  • Where to find fried chicken for your picnic [Eater]
  • Jose Garces will call his Argentine steakhouse Rural Society. [Post]
  • 10 great coffee shops the New York Times should visit. [Washingtonian]
  • Al Crostino reopening in former Cause space in Shaw. [PoPville]
  • 30 things you need to eat and drinks this summer [Zagat]
  • José Andrés gets celebrities to join his GW University commencement speech. [City Desk]