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The 31st annual RAMMY Awards, an Oscars ceremony of sorts for District restaurants, was held last night at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Check out the 18 RAMMY winners.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Police say fireworks caused an explosion a few blocks away from Union Station. [NBC4]
- A new bicycle-friendly gate has been installed at the Water Street entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail. [WTOP]
- Meridian Public Charter School’s principal is resigning after allegations of students cheating on standardized tests last year. [WAMU]
- The District tends to lose labor-management disputes when cases are decided by the Public Employee Relations Board. [Times]
- Union Market will be hosting a series of drive-in movies. [WTOP]
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LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Alleged straw donor Stanley Straughter set to plead guilty today. [WAMU]
- Michael Brown “respectfully declined” to provide campaign finance disclosures. [Times]
- Statehood through stamps, coins, and statues. [WAMU]
- Charter president resigns over cheating allegation. [Post]
- A gondola for Georgetown? [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Eighth-graders are propping up D.C.’s economy. [Post]
- More on the possible Wegman’s at Walter Reed. [WBJ]
- GW plans 11-story office building. [Post]
- Designing The Wharf’s tiny studios. [UrbanTurf]
- Hello gate, goodbye cars parking on Crescent Trail entrance. [WTOP]
- Man carrying backpack full of fireworks faces predictable consequences. [WJLA]
- Sign spinners mean renter’s market. [Post]
- More outer suburbanites turn to buses. [GGW]
- Today on the market: Come for the condo, pay for the pool
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- Chris Richards‘ front-page Wale story burrows into the rapper’s insecurity. [Post]
- NPR debuts Beautiful Swimmers‘ forthcoming Son. [NPR]
- Despite setbacks, AFI Docs was largely a success, Ann Hornaday reports. [Post]
- Also: A review of Jose Antonio Vargas‘ immigration documentaryDocumented, which debuted recently at AFI Docs [Post]
- The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces two more funding opportunities for FY 2013, including up to $30,000 for cultural festivals. [Arts 202]
- Wednesday night, watch a documentary about D.C.’s food-truck wars. [Huffington Post D.C.]
- Arlington Public Libraries now offer video streaming. [ARLnow]
- Refinery 29’s “30 Under 30” lineup gives a shout-out to performance art organizer Eames Armstrong and D.C. duo Gems. [Refinery 29]
- Tony Hawk donates his first skateboard to the Smithsonian. [AP via WJLA]
- A Manassas city council member is questioned for funneling city money to his wife’s Manassas Ballet Theatre. [Post]
- No Rules Theatre Company honors director Aaron Posner. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
- A closer look at African American cultural expressions in the Folklife Festival’s “Will to Adorn” exhibit [Post]
- D.C. formally dedicates the definitely-not-a-totem-pole sculpture “Journey Anacostia.” [East City Art]
- A chat with D.C. band Silo Halo [DCist]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The 10 best late-night eats [The Plate]
- Decanter replaces Adour at the St. Regis hotel. [Eater]
- “30 Under 30” list includes some food industry folks like Toki Underground‘s chef. [Refinery 29]
- Eleven early happy hours to try [Washingtonian]
- Best new bar name? Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar in Adams Morgan [Post]
- Grill Kabob closes in Georgetown. [PoPville]