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The plan to build a Walmart in a New York Avenue shopping center in Northeast has fallen apart, leaving just five planned stores for the retail powerhouse in the District.


  • A D.C. paramedic was put on temporary leave after he wrote a letter to the D.C. Council complaining about staffing shortages. [News4]
  • A medical examiner determined that the 9:30 Club’s Josh Burdette committed suicide. [WTOP]
  • Federal prosecutors charged 14 people with stealing unemployment benefits from the District. [WAMU]
  • U.S. Park Police charged a man with allegedly taking “upskirt” photos of women sitting on the steps leading up to the Lincoln Memorial. [Washington Post]


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Trial Tribulations: Chinatown restauranteur Tony Cheng‘s trial for allegedly bribing a taxi cab commissioner could be delayed five months.

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

  • New York Avenue NE Walmart plan breaks up. [Post]
  • D.C. fire paramedic who wrote letter about ambulance problems is put on administrative leave. [NBC 4]
  • Gray administration officials worked with Walmart in the run-up to the living wage bill vote. [Housing Complex]
  • David Grosso talks Walmart lobbying. [Housing Complex]
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office considers hate crime charges for attack on drag queen at Manny and Olga’s. [Metro Weekly]
  • Strain of pure Ecstasy could have caused Echostage death. [Post]
  • The Lincoln Memorial, “a magnet for a less savory category of visitor: voyeurs.” [Post]
  • D.C. taxes are the most complicated in the metro area. [WBJ]

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

  • Plans for Walmart-anchored development on New York Avenue NE fall apart. [Post]
  • Lead subject of Congress Heights gentrification story objects to story’s premise. [CHOTR]
  • Exorbitant house of the week, indoor basketball edition. [UrbanTurf]
  • Why we shouldn’t get too excited about D.C.’s new career academies. [GGW]
  • A 100-unit residential building on Georgia Avenue will break ground next year. [UrbanTurf]
  • For the New York Times wedding section, New York > Bethesda > Anacostia. [City Desk]
  • Apartment renters can expect more choices and concessions. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Townhouse on Unicorn Lane

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Medical examiner says the 9:30 Club’s Josh Burdette died of suicide. [Post]
  • The young woman who died after partying at Echostage last weekend may have taken some bad Molly. [Post]
  • Kennedy Center formally begins the search for a company to take on pre-construction work in preparation for its planned major expansion. [WBJ]
  • Honor the dead and buy some Sockets Records (RIP) merch from Dischord. [Dischord]
  • Five things you didn’t know about Kathleen Hanna [Spin]
  • National Symphony Orchestra to debut a symphony about George Washington‘s life. [AP]
  • U.S. Royalty spent months in the lab trying to genetically engineer The Ideal Pop Song. Rock ‘n’ roll! [Express]

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

  • The eight best pizzas in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Japanese whiskey plays hard to get [NPR]
  • Jamie Stachowski talks about his love of sausages. [Washingtonian]
  • Where to eat right now [Eater]
  • Beer plus heavy metal at Port City Brewing Company [Post]
  • Check out the menu for Duke’s Grocery, opening soon in East Dupont [PoPville]
  • Restaurants with markets attached [Zagat]