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Jeff Thompson, who is under investigation for allegedly financing Mayor Vince Gray‘s $653,000 shadow campaign, was allegedly involved with illegal spending on several other campaigns dating back to as early as 2006. 


  • Maryland’s tax-free holiday began Sunday and runs through Saturday. [WAMU]
  • Singer Donnie McClurkin was removed from the lineup for the March on Washington’s 50th anniversary concert after saying God delivered him from being gay. [WAMU]
  • A major repaving project on Wisconsin Avenue will cause work zone delays in Bethesda through the fall. [NBC4]
  • Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has opened “Souvenir Nation,” a new exhibit focusing on souvenirs as historical mementos.


Brand New Beats: We round up the latest offerings from DMV rappers Shy Glizzy, Visto, and Kingpen Slim.

Slipping into the Race: Is Councilmember Vincent Orange hinting at a potential mayoral run

Fine Dining: Columbia Heights is getting a TGI Friday’s, according to a liquor license notice.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • Jeff Thompson allegedly gave off-the-books help to Linda CroppPat MaraVincent Orange, and other candidates. [Post]
  • Also: Alleged shadow campaign operative Vernon Hawkins is reportedly set to plead guilty. [Post]
  • DYRS recidivism stats don’t tell the whole story. [Times]
  • Federal City Council asks for a living wage bill veto. [Post]
  • Post ed board wants inspector general, Board of Ethics to play nice. [Post]
  • Metro crash settlements will be unsealed. [WAMU]
  • “Ex-gay” singer drops out of city-sponsored concert after Mayor Vince Gray thinks he’d be a distraction. [Post]
  • Some charters struggle with fundraising. [Post]
  • Strip club could be too lewd for Glover Park. [Patch]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener is on vacation this week! (tips?

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer is on vacation this week! (tips?

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • Twenty-four tasting menus to try that are less likely to break the bank. [Washingtonian]
  • B.B. King’s Restaurant and Club is eying D.C. [Eater]
  • Gas station demolished before Corned Beef King truck could operate there. [Bethesda Mag]
  • Get your strawberry cocktails while you still can. [Post]
  • Five sandwiches to try at White Apron. [Girl Meets Food]
  • Guy takes bath in Pepsi. [HuffPost]