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The Wizards decisively beat the Pacers last night with a 102-79 win to stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The team is now down 3-2 in the best of seven series, and will face the Pacers again at home Thursday.


  • The case of whether a D.C. referendum that grants the city greater budget autonomy is binding goes before a federal judge today. [Post]
  • District Flea is going on hiatus, effective immediately. [City Desk]
  • Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspects and truck linked to a sexual assault in Adams Morgan in which an adult female was dragged by four males and two females into an alley, robbed, and sexually assaulted. [WAMU]
  • Bill Clinton endorses Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for Maryland governor. [WJLA]


Dream On: This month marks the 20th anniversary of D.C.’s most enduring book about itself, Dream City. Our latest cover story is an oral history of the volume, which chronicles D.C. from the promise of Home Rule and civil rights in the early 1970s to the waves of crack cocaine and violence in the 1980s.

Whiskey Rebellion: Another whiskey bar opened in D.C. this week. This time it’s Rebellion on 18th Street NW.

A Priestly Week: D.C. punk band Priests is having a very, very good week.

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

  • Nonprofit grant fund loses $15 million in Vince Gray administration cash scramble. [WBJ]
  • Mary Cheh‘s annual joke budget list includes Ron Machen and D.C. United. [LLPost]
  • DC.gov gets an overhaul. [Post]
  • LivingSocial could get bigger. [WBJ]
  • D.C. gentrification, circa 1979. [Housing Complex]
  • Police tie truck to Adams Morgan sexual assault. [WAMUPost]
  • Biking surge taxes bike parking options. [Post]
  • ANC commissioner David Garber falls victim to Bikeshare theft…for a little while. [Post]

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

  • The Silver Line opening will mean longer wait times elsewhere. [WJLA]
  • District Flea takes a break. [City Desk]
  • Photos that blend historical and current D.C. [Curbed]
  • Frontier Airlines launches Dulles routes with (short-lived) $15 fares. [DCist]
  • Does new transit always mean higher rents? [Atlantic Cities]
  • How to avoid rowhouse collapses like the recent one on K Street. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C. is No. 4 in road rage. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Bloomingdale condo—$379,000

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

  • Priests had a very, very good day yesterday. Listen to their newest track, “Doctor.” [Arts Desk]
  • The author of The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, wants the Vatican to halt support for Georgetown University, his alma mater, because its provided a forum for evildoers like—Kathleen Sebelius? [Washingtonian]
  • Mid-City Artists will host open studios this weekend. [East City Art]
  • Photos from The 1975‘s show at 9:30 Club [DCist]
  • A young man was forcibly removed from the National Zoo by police for refusing to sit down at Portugal. The Man‘s free show. [City Desk]
  • An interview with Amen Dunes, who plays Sixth & I tomorrow [BYT]
  • Sick of “Drunk In Love” and “Happy”? Maimouna Youssef‘s new mixtape gives ’em a fresh spin. [Arts Desk]

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

  • The most decadent smothered fries around D.C. [Zagat]
  • District Flea market goes on hiatus. [City Desk]
  • The early world on “Not Your Daddy’s Steakhouse” STK [Eater]
  • Sri Lankan and south Indian restaurant, Banana Leaf, coming to Chevy Chase. [PoPville]
  • Taste test of Urbana‘s brunch [BYT]
  • Matchbox and new Robert Wiedmaier restaurant headed to Loudon county. [WBJ]