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Chinatown businessman Tony Cheng and his son Anthony were indicted yesterday, charged with trying to bribe D.C. officials for taxi licenses.


  • On I-95 near Beltsville, a three-vehicle car crash killed one person, creating traffic this morning for several hours. The cause of the crash is yet to be identified. [WJLA]
  • The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a small plane that was flying in restricted airspace around D.C. [WTOP]
  • Today the National Cathedral will hold a special prayer for LGBT families in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. [NBC4]


Bull Moose Party: Teddy and the Bully Bar, a new restaurant inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt, opened this week with bison tartare and barrel-aged drinks.

Honoring Mingering Mike: The D.C. Council could honor D.C. outsider artist Mingering Mike, who recently painted portraits of the D.C. Council.

Redeveloping Greenleaf: D.C. Housing Authority is seeking to find grant funds for redeveloping the Greenleaf housing complex in Southwest

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

  • Chinatown restauranteur Tony Cheng and son indicted for alleged taxi commission bribery scheme. [Times, LL, WJLA, WAMU]
  • Ex-taxi commissioner Leon Swain, who went undercover in the last taxi bribery scandal and was allegedly approached in this one too, calls this “the tip of the iceberg.” [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson‘s budget bill has something for everybody. [Post]
  • Including a sales tax rollback that the D.C. Chamber of Commerce wants. [WBJ]
  • Natwar Gandhi says D.C. population growth will slow. [Housing Complex]
  • It’s food truck regs fight, the movie. [WBJ]

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

  • Metro ridership over the years [PlanItMetro]
  • D.C. area’s most expensive condo ever goes on the market for $8.7 million. [WBJ]
  • Capitol Riverfront’s getting another 220 apartments. [UrbanTurf]
  • Stop calling D.C. transient. [Borderstan]
  • Debating a Metro station in the basement of the Kennedy Center. [Ghosts of DC]
  • D.C.’s the best metropolitan area for 20-somethings. [Nerd Wallet]
  • JBG tries to turn Marriott building into condos. [WBJ]
  • Supreme Court gives developers more power. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Merger raises the question of DCA’s role. [GGW]
  • Dig up some dirt on your apartment. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Roomy Hill rowhouse

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

  • [In Jerry Seinfeld voice] What’s the deal with Seinfeld collaborating with Wale? [Post]
  • Washingtonian’s profile of Wale touches on all the talking points: The rapper likes sneakers, hates haters, etc. [Washingtonian]
  • Baltimore City Paper‘s take on the new Wale album [City Paper]
  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins TODAY. [Post]
  • But imagine how much better the Folklife Festival would be on a screen in four dimensions. The Smithsonian wants to install a 4-D theater in the Arts & Industries building. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Keegan Theatre buys the Church Street Theater, announces its forthcoming season [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • dog & pony dc and Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s head to the New York Musical Theatre Festival. [Post]
  • The Kennedy Center recognizes National Dance Day in July. [AP via WTOP]
  • Kathleen Hanna takes Julie Ruin on tour. [Spin]
  • Hill East gets a music shop. [POPville]
  • New local web comic! [ComicsDC]
  • Hot up-and-coming buzz band The Rolling Stones played town the other night. [Post] [Huffington Post]

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

  • Twelve hotel restaurants worth visiting [Eater]
  • A Q&A with Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti [Washingtonian]
  • Restaurateur Tony Cheng indicted over taxi bribery scheme. [Loose Lips]
  • Five bacon drinks in D.C. [Drink DC]
  • Red Apron is the first U.S. butcher to use 100 percent humanely raised hogs. [WBJ]
  • What to expect from Tex-Mex spot Diego, opening on 14th St. NW [Eater]
  • Peek inside Red Rocks Pizzeria, coming to H Street NE. [PoPville]
  • Mike Isabella‘s Greek-inspired restaurant Kapnos opens July 5. [Post]
  • The other reason the Food Network canned Paula Deen: declining ratings [WSJ]