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Today’ll be another scorcher—-bad news for as many as 100,000 people in Prince George’s County, who may go five days without water.


  • Congress has four legislative days left to veto a charter amendment that would give D.C. budget autonomy. [Times]
  • An aide to Rep. Michelle Bachmann has been charged with stealing from her House office building. [WTOP]
  • Some D.C. government workers make less than a living wage, according to the Department of Human Resources. [NBC4]
  • Three men were hospitalized Tuesday morning after a shooting in Northeast. [NBC4]
  • Today is D.C.’s 223rd birthday. George Washington signed the act establishing the Potomac River as the location for capital on this day in 1790. [WJLA]


Song for Trayvon: In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, D.C. R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn released a song “Trigga Man” inspired by slain teenager Trayvon Martin.

Smirnoff Foolery: Mr. Yogato owner Steve Davis opened his new restaurant Thomas Foolery on Wednesday with some crazy quirks—-like playing plinko to determine the cost of one’s Smirnoff Ice and an “angry hour” in which guests receive discounts for speaking in an angry voice.

Walmart’s Revenge: Don’t Block D.C. Progress, A Walmart-funded group, is striking back against the council’s living wage bill, urging Mayor Vincent Gray to veto.

Eyeing Ward 6: Who will replace mayoral candidate Tommy Wells in Ward 6 in 2014? Everyone seems to think Wells’ chief of staff Charles Allen is eyeing the seat, which might explain why he’s buying Facebook ads to promote his fan page.

Photo of the Day: Family on Porch

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

  • United Medical Center overhaul plan would cost hundreds of millions. [WBJ]
  • Federal judge jokes about getting Mayor Vince Gray in court, Ron Machen and mayor not laughing. [Post]
  • David Wilmot earns his Walmart lobbying check. [WAMU]
  • Congressional review for budget autonomy could run out July 23. [Times]
  • Washington dialect exists in linguistic netherworld. [WAMU]
  • Cabs will start turning red in October…and finish in five years. [WBJ]
  • Three shot in Southeast. [NBC 4]

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

  • Three teams deliver bids for Walter Reed. [WBJ]
  • Without identifying itself as such, Walmart-backed group hands out anti-LRAA flyers. [New Columbia Heights]
  • More details on the zoning parking changes, and why they’re a bad idea. [GGW]
  • D.C. finds new water facility site that could clear the way for a Capitol Riverfront cinema. [WBJ]
  • A 1906 ad for D.C.’s tallest building. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Great, detailed rundown of the Uline Arena plans [GGW]
  • Here’s what’s coming to H Street. [UrbanTurf]
  • Changing lanes: Virginia adds them, D.C. subtracts. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Brightwood shell

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

  • The District is making way for a movie theater near Nationals Park. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Michael Kaiser says the wealthy shouldn’t be pressured to support the arts, but rather gently coaxed into it like a puppy into a warm bath. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Playwright Patricia Connelly crunches the numbers on locally grown plays. [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Now’s your chance to see the Smithsonian AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel. [Eye Level]
  • Baltimore mayor to artists: Can’t afford D.C.? Move to Baltimore. [Baltimore City Paper]
  • Drop Electric releases a teaser thingy for its forthcoming album. [All Things Go]

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

  • Eight spiciest menus around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Joe and Jill Biden dine at Le Diplomate.[Washingtonian]
  • Bar Louie coming to Crystal City. [ARLnow]
  • Chef-endorsed greasy spoon restaurants [Eater]
  • Belgian Restaurant Week’s best Belgian beer specials [Post]
  • Duke’s Grocery brings East London-style cafe to 17th St. NW. [PoPville]