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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.


  • 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]


Photo of the Day: Nadia and friend

Ritual Theatre: A review of the Source Festival’s coming-of-age drama A Frontier, as told by the Frontier.

Fraudoholics: The District is suing gang intervention group Peaceoholics for allegedly falsifying a 2009 grant application.

Bring on the Condos: The General Services Administration finalized its $19.5 million sale of the West Heating Plant in Georgetown.

RV Party: Parked in front of Union Market, Suburbia is selling cocktails out of a refurbished 1960s Airstream trailer.

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

  • 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? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.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? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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]