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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.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • 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]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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  • Ministers slam Gray over “ex-gay” singer’s withdrawn invitation to concert.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]