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The Washington Post Co. sold its flagship newspaper to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, in a surprising move made all the more surprising by the fact that no one knew the Post was even looking for new ownership. LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor Vincent Gray led a mock primary of the mayor campaign’s four likeliest candidates commissioned by the Tommy Wells campaign, despite the fact that Gray hasn’t announced whether he’s running. [Post]
  • An inmate at D.C. Jail has been found dead of apparent suicide. [WTOP]
  • D.C.’s rate of pedestrian fatalities is among the highest in the country, making the city eligible for extra federal funding. [WAMU]
  • Deer might not be inhibiting forest regeneration in Rock Creek Park. Does that mean Bambi is safe from the deer hunt that started in March? [WTOP]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY: News on the Move: What could the sale of The Washington Post mean for the city? We’re not quite sure yet.

Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In: Two weeks after declaring his candidacy, beleaguered mayoral candidate Christian Carter has even more money problems.

Franken-dessert: New York may have its cronut, but the District can boast its own fair share of hyrbid doughnut desserts. Doughnut ice cream sandwich anyone?

Comedy and Controversy: Gilbert Gottfried discusses his favorite curse words, political correctness, and the filthiest jokes he’s ever told.

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

  • Poll commissioned by Tommy Wells shows candidates and undeclared Mayor Vince Gray within a few points of each other. [Post] 
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos  to buy the Washington Post for $250 million. [PostCity DeskPolitico]
  • Newspaper analyst: Graham family selling Post is “unexpected.” [WBJ]
  • Nice one, Express. [Twitter]
  • Jack Evans is sad to see another local institution pass out of local hands. [WBJ]
  • Housing Authority has big plans for its obsolete headquarters. [Housing Complex]
  • District’s pedestrian fatality rate higher than average. [WAMU]
  • Police investigating 4-year-old boy’s death. [WTOP]
  • WaPo ed board wants Gray to assure companies with a living wage veto. [Post]

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

  • Sale aside, here are some potential future homes for the Washington Post. [Post]
  • The paper can keep leasing its 15th Street NW space from its no-longer-parent company. [WBJ]
  • A third of D.C. homes sell within a week—more than any other city. [Redfin]
  • Donald Trump makes it official at the Old Post Office. [WBJ]
  • Metro giving out free U-locks in College Park right now! [DCist]
  • Adams Morgan Exxon to turn into bike-/transit-friendly condos. [GGW]
  • Images of the old U Street [PoPville]
  • Today on the market: Hear tigers and monkeys; beware red pandas

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

  • Wondering why D’Angelo canceled his show at Merriweather last weekend? He was hospitalized for an unspecified medical emergency. [Spin]
  • More on playwright collective The Welders [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Listen: A new song from Julie Ruin [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Watch: Animal Collective‘s new, bizarre video for “Monkey Riches” [Baltimore City Paper]
  • And now, your moment of Zen: a portrait of Adrian Parsons [E. Jane]

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

  • Latte Art Competition coming to Bayou Bakery. [ARLnow]
  • Is reality TV couple opening a restaurant in D.C.? [Washingtonian]
  • Breaking Bad, the drinking game [Drink DC]
  • Remembering Annie Kaylor of Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse [Post]
  • Chefs share their most underrated dishes. [Eater]
  • Lab-made burger short on flavor [Time]
  • The foodie bucket list [Zagat]