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District officials distributed $6.4 million worth of grants to community organizations Tuesday so they can hire more than 150  experts to help uninsured residents enroll in the District’s new health insurance marketplace this fall.


  • Glover Park residents rallied at a community meeting Tuesday against renewing a gentleman’s club’s liquor license. [NBC4]
  • A second D.C. ambulance caught fire while on an emergency call Tuesday, the latest in a string of problems for the fire department. [Times]
  • Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler asked the state’s Supreme Court to order that a lawsuit filed over the University of Maryland’s withdrawal from the Atlantic Coast Conference move forward in a Maryland court. [WAMU]
  • Metro officials released plans Tuesday to replant the stone pavers at the north entrance of the Dupont Metro station with drought-tolerant pachysandra plants. [Post]


Bye Bye Bye:  The federal funding for the D.C. housing authority is getting leaner every year.

Name Game: It seems it’s pretty easy to get Mayor Vincent Gray to officially proclaim a day after your restaurant.

B-More Smackdown:  A Baltimore magazine thinks it found 100 reasons why Baltimore is better than D.C. We know better.

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

  • Shadow campaign operative Vernon Hawkins pleads guilty to lying to investigators. [Post, LL, WAMU]
  • Two District ambulances catch fire in one day. [Times]
  • And an ambulance in the president’s motorcade runs out of gas. [Times]
  • Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe says, despite ambulance problems, people should feel safe. [Fox 5]
  • How to get your restaurant honored by Mayor Vince Gray. [Young & Hungry]
  • Taxi commission says new Uber service “doesn’t make any sense.” [WAMU]
  • Jailed gun activist Adam Kokesh could be released. [Times]
  • Mayor’s softball team inspires a Jeopardy! question. [Twitter]
  • Ministers slam Gray over “ex-gay” singer’s withdrawn invitation to concert. [Blade]

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

  • Crawlable urbanism: Why cities need kids. [Streetsblog]
  • In defense of renters [Bozzuto]
  • D.C. United stadium could displace Capital Bikeshare operations center. [WashCycle]
  • Lots of residential units coming in and around NoMa. [UrbanTurf]
  • Metro riders’ group used to be influential; now, not so much. [GGW]
  • A solution to the RPP problem: Dutch auctions. [GGW]
  • Startups move downtown—less in D.C. than elsewhere. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Lesbian bar-turned-restaurant-turned-ladies’ nightclub gets sold. [RIA Insider]
  • Today on the market: Shipley Terrace house

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

  • Wale takes a mature perspective on that biting Kendrick Lamar verse on Big Sean‘s “Control.” Actually, he seems pretty pumped about it. [Rolling Out]
  • Wow: Forum Theatre makes all of its shows pay-what-you-can. [Post]
  • Sarah Godfrey says this fall is a great one for D.C. R&B. [Post]
  • The people demand a Chuck Brown sculpture in Madame Tussauds. [TMOTTGoGo]
  • Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser criticizes arts organizations who keep blaming the economy for their financial hardships. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • NPR on ex-Bad Brains supergroup The White Mandingos [NPR]
  • In this story about a new mural coming to Shaw, the Washington Times breaks down the cost of cleaning up graffiti in the District. [Washington Times]
  • The Let’s Move! campaign gets a hip-hop soundtrack—but Michelle Obama doesn’t have anything to do with it. [Post]

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

  • Where to get tongue [Eater]
  • Seven kitchen gadgets that nobody needs [The Nest]
  • Chefs lose weight for charity. [Express]
  • Revamped Woodward Table takes cues from Le Diplomate. [Post]
  • Tabaq Bistro building sold to new restaurant group. Future plans unclear. [WBJ]
  • Where to make reservations for D.C. Restaurant Week [Washingtonian]
  • Nando’s Peri-Peri opens today in Navy Yard. [PoPville]