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This week will be unusually hot and humid in the District, so keep an eye out for heat advisories and air-quality alerts.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Gas prices spiked in the D.C. region last week, and AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts they could continue rising. [WTOP]
- One of the Botanic Garden’s “corpse” plants will bloom soon, and it reeks. [Times]
- A Fairfax abortion clinic has closed due to new state regulations. [NBC4]
- Local rallies and demonstrations continue as a result of George Zimmerman’s acquittal on Saturday. [NBC4]
- A new review says the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency is struggling to help kids at risk of child abuse. [WTOP]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Neighborhood Names: Politics & Prose’s owners fielded suggestions for naming its currently ambiguous stretch of Connecticut Avenue NW.
A Side Unrelated to Doors: Vincent Orange made an appearance on Fox News last week to defend the living wage bill.
Absinthe, Now Absent: The secret absinthe speakeasy La Fee Verte is no more, as its new management is changing the bar’s concept.
Photo of the Day: Trayvon Martin Rally
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- In Nikita Stewart’s opus on Jeff Thompson, one anonymous source has the former D.C. contractor offering Vince Gray an off-the-books campaign loan. [Post]
- Kenyan McDuffie will lead a committee on potential sanctions for Marion Barry. [Times]
- Elimination of parking minimums dropped from zoning update. [Housing Complex]
- Victor Hoskins living wage bill has deterred three other larger retailers from coming to D.C. [WBJ]
- So-so reaction to David Catania‘s ed proposals [Post]
- Deborah Simmons, DCGOP want a Walmart veto [Times, Times]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- A Meridian Hill Historic District? ANC says yes. [New Columbia Heights]
- Get ready for climate change, D.C. [Post]
- HPRB to McMillan developers: You could do better. [UrbanTurf]
- HPRB wishes it had never allowed ugly roof decks. [GGW]
- Want to increase bike commuting? Beg for federal dollars. [Streetsblog]
- Pizza wars: Rustik snubs Woodridge, chooses Brookland. [RIA Insider]
- Development in Palisades isn’t easy. [WJLA]
- ANC supports Yes! Organic Market on H Street NE. [Capitol Hill Corner]
- Today on the market: Capitalize on federal dollars in Congress Heights
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Starting over with the Eisenhower Memorial could cost $17 million. [AP via WTOP]
- Ex-National Zoo employee finds a new hobby leading reptile-focused “Dragon Tours” at the National Gallery of Art. [Post]
- The Huffington Post discovers Adrian Parsons. [Huffington Post D.C.]
- Music on the Hill, D.C.’s newest music store, is now open for business on Capitol Hill. [DCist]
- Even a cameo by the Arlington County Police couldn’t help Sharknado‘s ratings. [ARLnow]
- Inside No Rules Theatre Company’s brain trust [Post]
- Forum Theatre’s The T Party explores transgender lives. [WAMU]
- PUPPET TAKEOVER! [WAMU]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- The Pizza Belt—where you have the highest change of getting a decent slice [Gawker]
- Ruth Bourdain revealed! [NYTimes]
- The 10 best spots for ice cream, gelato, and sorbet [The Plate]
- Where to get crabs [Roll Call]
- More summer restaurant openings on the way [Eater]
- Woodley Park’s District Kitchen launches a farm stand. [Post]
- In defense of D.C.’s food scene [HuffPost]