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Yesterday, we learned that a cigarette butt probably started the fire that burned down our beloved Frager’s. And get ready for a stormy weekend—but what else is new?


  • 400 koi were stolen from a Fairfax County pond in a heist comparable to Ocean’s 11. [Post]
  • The U.S. Park Police—who guard the Mall and other public landmarks—have lost track of more than 1,000 firearms. Whoops. [NBC4]
  • A Human Rights Report that claimed that D.C. police failed to investigate 170 in 480 sexual assault cases is probably exaggerated, according to a study done by a third party.  [Times]
  • The Washington Wizards picks Otto Porter Jr. to “do damage next year.”  [Post]


A Chef Confrontation: Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang and wife Seda Wang were arrested yesterday for allegedly attacking Bruner-Yang’s ex-girlfriend over a Facebook post made last month.

Santa Claus-Impersonating Congressman Hates D.C. Traffic Cameras: Freshman Representative Kerry Bentivolio doesn’t have a car, but that won’t stop him from drafting a bill to take away the cameras.

Bozie Begins: National Zoo recieved a new Sri Lankan elephant yesterday, continuing a week of excitement that began with Rusty the Red Panda’s daring escape.

Imported Cicadas: Because the infamous cicadas never showed up, the Dutch embassy had to import cicadas from New Jersey for a bug-tasting event.

José Andrés: He continues to bring his celebrity to the D.C. culinary scene with a line of high-end Spanish food line.

Goodbye, Round House Blackbox!: Round House Theatre relinquishes its Silver Spring blackbox. It’s unclear where they will go next.

Photo of the Day: The Girl with the Sid Vicious Shirt

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

  • City will cover Jeff Thompson‘s bills at Chartered for $39 million. [WBJ]
  • Fire department looks bad in new report; Tommy Wells says he’d fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe. [NBC 4]
  • Review: Human Rights Watch overstated MPD’s sexual assault problem. [Times
  • Jack Evans won’t let scratch-off contract pass without more local participation. [WAMU]
  • More money for Metro [WAMU]

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

  • Santa-impersonating Michigan congressman wants to ban D.C.’s traffic cameras. [Loose Lips]
  • Cops assume biker must be at fault in accident. [GGW]
  • Mount Pleasant’s the most competitive housing market in town. [UrbanTurf]
  • GSA: Help us with our real estate portfolio! Wait, never mind. [WBJ]
  • Alexandria legalizes sidewalk biking. [DCist]
  • Urbanist transportation secretary confirmed easily. [Streetsblog]
  • Historic preservation group wants historic office, chooses Watergate. [Post]

Tommy Wells: Fire department is in disarray. [WJLA]

Today on the market: Apartment in former laundromat

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

  • 9:30 Club operators I.M.P. Productions takes over Lincoln Theatre. [Arts Desk]
  • Round House Theatre lets go of its Silver Spring venue. [Arts Desk]
  • The Evens play Fort Reno July 8, Paint Branch closes the series on August 8, and the full schedule is finally up. [Arts Desk]
  • Arena Stage’s One Night With Janis Joplin goes to Broadway. [Post]
  • Spin gives Wale‘s The Gifted six out of 10 stars. [Spin]
  • Mixed reviews don’t stop Wale from partying at the W Hotel. [Washingtonian]
  • But the rapper may not actually perform at RGIII‘s wedding, says a rep. [Post]
  • Woop woop: Fillmore Arts Center will not lose jobs after all. [Georgetown Patch]

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

  • Smucker Farms to sell Kushi sushi. [Washingtonian]
  • The best (and worst) pizzas [Eater]
  • Where to eat on 4th of July [HuffPost]
  • Mac’s Donuts will hold a doughnut-eating competition. [DCist]
  • Will Burmese restaurant Mandalay in Shaw finally open in early July? [PoPville]