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This week’s Washington City Paper is out today, and it’s all about higher education in D.C. Read more to find out about Howard’s financial struggles, Title IX in D.C. schools, and the feasibility of students becoming a District voting bloc.


  • There are lots of cuts happening at Howard University, but how bad really is the financial situation over there? [Washington City Paper]
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrates its 55th anniversary with Bill Cosby and talks about its H Street expansion. [Washington Post]
  • A look inside the quixotic mayoral campaign of Reta Lewis, who’s got no name recognition but a pretty credible resume. [Washington City Paper]
  • The D.C. police cancelled a filming of a fake presidential motorcade shoot in the District for Netflix’s “House of Cards.” [Washington Business Journal]


Empty Days: The District celebrates so many random food holidays, like National Rum Day and World Sherry Day. But they’re all pretty meaningless.

Major Faker? A round-up of off-beat majors offered at District schools you won’t believe actually exist.

Student Lobby:College students in the District are trying to up their influence in local politics.

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray is still waiting on the Walmart bill. [Times]
  • Marion Barry asks reporter to buy him a drink, talks Gray and Robert Bobb. [Washingtonian]
  • $48 million District settlement with Chartered gets judge’s approval. [WBJ]
  • Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander says the fire chief is doing a good job. [Washingtonian]
  • What’s going on with Howard’s finances? [Housing Complex]
  • School beautification day is set for Saturday. [Post]

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

  • Presenting: The Education Issue. [WCP]
  • L’Enfant Plaza gets an upgrade. [WBJ]
  • Reviewing new urbanism after 25 years. [GGW]
  • A frustrated neighbor wants to turn a park into a parking lot. [CHOTR]
  • A reminder of what happens if you do that too often. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Are demographics to thank for school improvements? Hard to say. [GGW]
  • Frager’s may not get razed after all. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Watch the Walter Reed redevelopment from your front porch

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

  • House of Cards wanted to film a fake motorcade around the National Mall. Obviously, D.C. police had to crack down on that foolishness. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Gwydion Suilebhan proposes strong, radical changes for the Helen Hayes Awards. [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Stephen A. Crockett Jr. (author of last year’s famed Root piece about swagger-jacking on U Street NW) comments on Lee Daniels’ The Butler and the flawed polarity of its black male characters. [The Root]
  • Meet Sampson McCormick, the first openly gay, black male comedian to perform at Howard Theatre. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • More details on the Smithsonian’s design changes to the African American History and Culture [Post]

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

  • Tom Sietsema gives three stars to Etto. [Post]
  • A map of all the bars and restaurants coming to Shaw [Oh, hi DC]
  • Little Serow closed for summer break. [Washingtonian]
  • First peek at Baby Wale from the owner of Corduroy [Eater]
  • There’s now a shuttle from Union Station to Union Market. [PoPville]
  • H Street NE restaurateurs push for later rooftop hours [Capitol Hill Corner]
  • At LoCo Joe in Purceville, artistically gifted baristas earn more. [NoVa Mag]