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Food and beverage sales in the Logan Circle/14th Street Corridor in 2013 came in at $68 million—more than the $37.7 million totaled in Dupont Circle and the $61.6 million in Georgetown, according to a new report.


  • The D.C. fire lieutenant who is accused of not helping Medric Mills when he collapsed outside her fire station speaks out for the first time, but her explanation seems to only complicate the understanding of what happened that day. [Washington Post]
  • A House subcommittee is reviewing D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization legislation today. Here’s everything you need to know about the hearing and the proposed law. [City Desk]
  • Marion Barry‘s son was arrested last Friday after allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. He is also said to have had synthetic marijuana in his car. [Loose Lips]
  • The 14-year-old who is accused of shooting two people outside the National Zoo in April had more than 100 absences this school year. [News4]


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.

The Truman Show: The U.S. senators from Missouri want to rename Union Station after President Harry Truman. But there are so many places in D.C. that could better honor Truman.

The Mass Exodus: D.C.’s head of human services steps down as the exodus from Mayor Vince Gray‘s lame duck administration continues.

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

  • Department of Human Services director leaves Vince Gray administration to spend more time with his family. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Cops should wear cameras on their bodies, according to police board report. [AP]
  • Missouri senators, backed by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, want to add Harry Truman‘s name to Union Station. [TimesPost]
  • Marion Barry‘s son arrested on DUI charge, alleged synthetic marijuana possession. [LL]
  • Fire lieutenant in Medric Mills death case defends her actions. [Post]
  • Civil rights group’s press secretary announces plan for Ward 1 State Board of Education bid. [BladeMetro WeeklyInformer]
  • House committee will take up District marijuana decriminalization today. [WAMU]
  • Arkansas Avenue safety plan comes too late for injured woman. [WAMU]
  • Food and beverage sales high in Logan Circle corridor. [WBJ]

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

  • The 600 block of H Street NE is about to be transformed. [WBJ]
  • An interview with Harriet Tregoning on building inclusive cities. [Knight Foundation]
  • Missouri’s senators want to rename Union Station after Harry Truman. [DCist]
  • They should name these places after Truman instead. [City Desk]
  • What happened when Atlanta demolished all of its public housing? [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C.’s booming retail neighborhoods, by the numbers. [WBJ]
  • Census data may have undersold D.C.’s increase in bike commuting. [WashCycle]
  • Today on the market: Columbia Heights condo—$515,000

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

  • Mike Petillo and Aaron Leitko of Protect-U recount how they managed to record a full-length album after all their gear was stolen. [D.C. Music Download]
  • The theme of NoMa’s outdoor summer film series? Unlikely friendships. [DCist]
  • An interview with the makers of a doc on Maryland Deathfest [BYT]
  • Friendships with Picasso and others inspired the surrealist works of Meret Oppenheim, on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. [Post]
  • Photos of HAIM at the 9:30 Club [Arts Desk]
  • A video-packed Q&A with Ian Svenonius, “author and auteur” [Post]

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

  • Wilson Tavern will close next week. [Eater]
  • How to drink beer in a cemetery without getting arrested [Post]
  • Pizza Parts & Service starts delivery. [PoPville]
  • The top graduation dinner restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Booze experts share their tips. [Express]
  • Piazza Beer Garden reopens tomorrow in Bethesda. [Robert Dyer]
  • Where to take your mom for Mothers’ Day [BYT]