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Following neighbors’ complaints, the latest plans for Chuck Brown Park leave out a proposed music pavilion—-and even bulldoze an existing amphitheater on the site.


  • In light of three recent suicides in D.C. jails, union officials are questioning the extent of mental health monitoring done for inmates. [Times]
  • The Pentagon has enough money in savings to eliminate five upcoming furlough days. [WAMU]
  • An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy in Burrville on Monday. [NBC4]
  • Metro riders will face extended waits for trains this weekend on the red, orange, and blue lines. [WTOP]


A Post-Sale Drink: The Post Pub no longer has the journalism mystique of days past.

Ruling Reflections: D.C. Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Lois Goslinoski says she was pressured to rule Ali Ahmed Mohammed‘s 2010 death at DC9 a homicide despite evidence to the contrary.

Calling on the Crowd: Domku owner Kera Carpenter is trying to raise $15,000 to fund Nurish Food + Drink, a new cafe coming to the Anacostia Arts Center this fall.

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

  • Activists say D.C. cop infiltrated their groups. [In These Times]
  • D.C. Jail union head wants more mental health capacity after third suicide. [Times]
  • Revenue drop at Howard hospital leads to cost cutting. [WBJ]
  • Chuck Brown‘s memorial park won’t have an amphitheater. [Housing Complex]
  • Marion Barry wants a meeting with new Post owner Jeff Bezos. [Twitter]
  • Salvage yard in D.C. United stadium footprint doesn’t want to move. [WAMU]
  • After fire, the remnants of Frager’s Hardware could be razed. [WBJ]

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

  • Rents in D.C. fell slightly over the past year. [Trulia Trends]
  • Scrap yard could scrap D.C. United plans. [WAMU]
  • Should the city simply sell public land to the highest bidder? [GGW]
  • Potential names for the no-man’s-land north of Spring Road: Twin Oaks, NoDerb. [New Columbia Heights]
  • A look inside the Wonder Bread factory. [UrbanTurf]
  • Some reactions to the amphitheater-less Chuck Brown Park news. [DCist]
  • How to turn the Eastern Market Metro plaza into a real public space. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Affordable Waterfront studio

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

  • Chuck Brown Park loses its amphitheater. [Housing Complex]
  • The green paint is almost gone! [WJLA]
  • Montgomery County’s Nighttime Economy Task Force aims to make Montgomery County a nightlife destination. [WTOP]
  • Rorschach and Synetic theater companies meet their Kickstarter goals. [Post]
  • Dance Place breaks ground on its soon-to-be-renovated space. [AP via WJLA]
  • Got three-and-a-half minutes to burn? Watch this sucky Metro music video. [DCist]
  • Spin magazine puts Kathleen Hanna on its (digital) cover. [Spin]

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

  • Where to find breakfast tacos [Eater]
  • Shaw is the new 14th Street NW. [Post]
  • The 10 best cocktails along 14th St. NW [Thrillist]
  • Shake Shack is getting rid of its crinkled fries. [Eater NY]
  • What to drink with lobster [Drink DC]
  • Five affordable wines to drink this summer [The Plate]
  • Grilled cheese restaurant coming to 1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW. [PoPville]