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It’s a beautiful Friday on this D.C. Beer Week, and two rare Sumatran tigers were born at the National Zoo.


  • Those rats scurrying around Dupont Circle are, much like the humidity, just another unwanted side effect of summer. [Post]
  • The Nats are swapping their bats for shovels in honor of Green Up Day. [NBC4]
  • A Thursday night abduction of two children was quickly solved. The culprit? Their mother. [WJLA]
  • D.C. was recently ranked the third-best city for couples without kids. Why? [WAMU]


Nader Nuisance: Ralph Nader has recently been active in D.C. politics– first attempting to halt the development of the West End Library, and now lobbying to raise Walmart’s minimum wage.

Kangatarian Kraze: Head over to Wagshal’swhich sells wild boar, rattlesnake, alligator, ostrich, python, and yes, kangaroo by the pound.

Farewell Roth: For the second time in three years, curator Paul Roth is leaving the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

The Ross Run: Politically unsuccessful millionare Paul Ross is back in the race for D.C. Council.

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

  • Adrian Fenty starts a “budding romance” with Steve Jobs‘ widow. [Post]
  • Ralph Nader‘s bid to foil a new library development is itself foiled. [PostHousing Complex]
  • United Medical Center consultant thinks they can find a private hospital to partner with. [WBJ]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton scores a plum committee post. [WAMU]
  • Post ed board wants more answers about jail suicides. [Post]
  • D.C. area murder-homes survive their grim pasts. [WTOP]
  • Ted Leonsis is Groupon’s new chairman. [WBJ]
  • Metro advocates want a Bill of Rights-like document for passengers. [Post]
  • Unconscious gunshot victim found Thursday in Southeast. [NBC 4]
  • Summer jobs program workers not happy with mayor’s plan for longer school days. [NBC 4]
  • Metro workers aren’t going to strike, in case you were wondering. [Post]

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

  • D.C.’s the third-best city not to have kids. [Estately]
  • Relatedly: D.C.’s the 10th-most expensive city to raise a baby. [Redfin]
  • Housing Authority redevelopment probably won’t do much for Temple Courts. [Post]
  • D.C.’s most racially diverse charter schools [GGW]
  • Failed NoMa condo building gets its first office tenant. [WBJ]
  • Ivy City brewery starts brewing. [Y&H]
  • The problem with citywide free guest parking [GGW]
  • Smart growth, military style [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: Income-restricted Columbia Heights condo

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer is on vacation this week! (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Daikaya and Table ranked among the 50 best new restaurants. [Bon Appetit]
  • The Tombs ranked among the 25 best college bars in America. [Daily Meal]
  • Where to eat brunch right now [Eater]
  • Things to eat: Green Pig Bistro‘s cheeseburger and Cantler‘s crabs [Washingtonian]
  • Get vegan fried “chicken” from a food truck. [Post]
  • Five must-have dishes at Kapnos [Girl Meets Food]
  • Millennials turning away from beer? [HuffPost]