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Yet another Jeffrey Thompson associate, Pennsylvania contractor Stanley L. Straughter, has been charged by the U.S. Attorney for participating in a straw donation scheme. The development came just hours after Lee A. Calhoun pleaded guilty to making $160,000 in donations on Thompson’s behalf yesterday.


  • MPD is searching for a suspected serial stabber in Petworth; up to four women have been attacked there since May. [WAMU]
  • Four more stabbings were reported during a two-hour window Thursday evening, though police say they are likely unconnected to the Petworth incidents. [WTOP]
  • Wegmans might open a location at the former Walter Reed Medical Center. [WTOP]
  • Hank, a baby sloth bear born at the National Zoo six months ago, debuted yesterday. [WTOP]
  • Police will be out in full force at Metro stations today as part of an anti-terrorism preparation initiative called “Blue TIDE” . [NBC 4]


Pay It Back: Former Ward 7 Councilmember H.R. Crawford owes more than $13,000 in back taxes, and his Eastern Market office could be up for auction unless he pays up by July 15.

Nothing New: Mayor Vincent Gray admitted his proposals “may not send out seismic shockwaves” at his first speech dedicated to education yesterday.

Shorter but Still Sweet: The National Park Service announced an abbreviated summer schedule for concerts at Fort Dupont and Carter Barron.

Food Porn: Check out a slideshow of must-try dishes from City Paper‘s food issue. Make sure your drool cup is handy.

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

  • One Jeff Thompson associate pleads guilty to straw donations. [LLTimes,WAMU]
  • And another one’s charged. [LL]
  • Post ed board not happy with Mayor Vince Gray‘s silence on 2010 campaign. [Post]
  • Gray makes education address. [Housing ComplexWAMUPost]
  • Settlers of Catan, D.C. style: Save up your graft. [City Desk]
  • Tommy Wells holds hearing on surrogacy law. [DCist]
  • Metro settles Red Line death lawsuits. [Post]

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

  • Android users live in eastern D.C., iPhone users in western D.C. [GGW]
  • Envisioning a Wegman’s at Walter Reed. [WBJ]
  • Paid sick leave hasn’t hurt business in D.C. [Post]
  • Three Capitol Hill post offices are closing. [WJLA]
  • Virginia’s GOP gubernatorial candidate wants to stop the Silver Line. [GGW]
  • DDOT’s structure impedes bike projects. [GGW]
  • Welcome Gold’s Gym to D.C. [Post]
  • D.C. newsmen of old, in front of the Capitol. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Home values could flatten out next year. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Spacious house in Brookland

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

  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company buys its downtown venue at a possibly very plum price. [Post]
  • In its final show, Parish Gallery pays tribute to its founder, Norman Parish, who’s ailing from a brain tumor. [Post]
  • For Arlington taxpayers, libraries are a much better deal than Artisphere. [ARLnow]
  • Modern poetry, you suck a big one. Signed, this University of Virginia English professor. [Post]
  • Politics & Prose’ District Lines lit journal wants submissions. [Politics & Prose]
  • The Going Out Guide gets a new design. [Post]
  • Wale quickie before the MC’s new album drops on Tuesday. [Washington Post Express]

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

  • Pizzeria Paradiso mulls expansion to Hyattsville. [Eater]
  • Pizza nomad Edan Macquaid moves on—again. [Don Rockwell]
  • Mintwood Place named one of the best new restaurants in the world. [Conde Naste Traveler]
  • Arlington location of BonCon set to open next month. [ARLnow]
  • Urbana names Ethan McKee its new chef. [Post]
  • Sneak peek of Mike Isabella‘s Greek-inspired restaurant Kapnos [Zagat]