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A string of six attacks on gay and transgender victims in the last 11 days has LGBT activists worried about rising hate crimes in the District. But police are only investigating one as a hate crime, sparking debate over how these incidents should be identified.


  • An employee of the Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division may have manipulated inspection reports to get out of doing extra work. [WJLA]
  • A study by D.C.’s CFO says an FBI relocation outside of the District could mean fewer jobs but more tax revenue for the city. [Housing Complex]
  • The owner and employees of the Tabard Inn are clashing over staffing and administrative shakeups at the Dupont Circle restaurant. [Washington Post]
  • DDOT Director Terry Bellamy says streetcars have a 2 in 3 chance of going live by 2014. [WAMU]


Must-See Music: This is the week to check out some of the Ethiopian bands that are flooding the District for the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America Tournament.

The Pups Are Alright: The Washington Humane Society announced yesterday that Logan Circle dog owners have no reason to fear that a serial poisoner is trying to slip their pets treats filled with tylenol.

Couchsurfing for D.C. Council: Ward 1 contender Brianne Nadeau sent out a campaign email yesterday seeking a supporter to host her newly hired (and only) staffer.

Food Fight: Rasika West End is suing former chef Manish Tyagi, who left before his contract was up after the restaurant spent $30,000 on immigration fees and marketing for him.

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

  • After Michael Brown arrest, NBA star Kevin Durant is urged to get away from D.C. lotto operator Emmanuel BaileyJay-Z is also involved. [Times]
  • Gray campaign aide Thomas Gore wants probation for destroying evidence, apologizes for embarrassing District. [Post]
  • Natwar Gandhi: “It’s nothing short of a miracle that I survived the Harriette Walters scandal.”[Governing]
  • Sentencing today for man involved in Capitol Hill beating. [Post]
  • No one’s poisoning dogs in Logan Circle. [City Desk]

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

  • Howard crisis deepens as deans allege mismanagement. [Post]
  • Ray LaHood predicts the future: lots of rail, lots of electric cars. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Fidel Castro in Meridian Hill Park [Ghosts of DC]
  • D.C. puts small Shaw lot on the market. [WBJ]
  • Family feud at the Tabard Inn. [Post]
  • More details of the planned Greenleaf redevelopment. [Hill Rag]
  • Hey DDOT, finish the Metropolitan Branch Trail! [WABA]
  • Why isn’t the D.C. Auditor auditing ANCs? [Congress Heights on the Rise]
  • Today on the market: Big Logan 1BR

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

  • Once again, Gwydion Suilebhan (with assistance from two additional playwrights) breaks down the demographics behind a big chunk of the 2013-14 D.C. theater season. [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum is now just called Contemporary, and it has a new director. [Baltimore City Paper]
  • To sell copies of her new book, local author Jennifer Miller attempts to visit 100 book clubs in a month. [Post]
  • Hey, struggling arts groups, you need to get yourself a special fundraising campaign, sez KenCen President Michael Kaiser. [Huffington Post D.C.]

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

  • A family feud divides the Tabard Inn. [Post]
  • Where to eat brunch on the fourth of July [Washingtonian]
  • Eight restaurants to watch fireworks from on July 4 [Zagat]
  • Families unknowingly stumble into gentleman’s club called Crystal City Restaurant. [ARLnow]
  • Ten new or refurbished restaurant and bar patios [Eater]
  • Chef Erik Bruner-Yang plans three-month Maketto takeover at Hanoi House. [Post]
  • Mothership opens for lunch. [PoPville]