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  • Two shootings and a fatal stabbing of a juvenile left two dead and three injured in D.C. Wednesday night. [NBC4]
  • A report found 10,000 students were suspended from D.C. public and charter schools this academic year.  [WAMU]
  • A car crash near Union Station sent nine people to the hospital Wednesday morning, one with life-threatening injuries. [Washington Times]
  • Vice President Joe Biden pledged support for D.C. voting rights during the unveiling ceremony of the D.C.-selected Frederick Douglass statue in the U.S. Capitol . [WTOP]
  • A new study showed 236 bridges in the D.C. area are in need of replacement or repair according to Federal Highway Administration standards. [WJLA]


Not So Secretive NSA: The agency’s National Cryptological Museum, located just north of D.C., has exhibits on the making and breaking of codes throughout history.

Getting Swol: A listen to Silver Spring-based band Two Inch Astronaut, its album Bad Brother, and its gym-influenced new anthem.

Side Door Sneak Out: At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange is refuting claims that he snuck out a side entrance of his office to avoid waiting reporters.

A Peaceful Trail: About 60 cyclists and neighbors hit the Metropolitan Branch Trail Friday night to prevent the next attack on the city’s most violence-ridden bike trail. But can the city’s efforts really make a difference?

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

  • D.C. Council bill that would give Pepco almost $16 million refund gets seven sponsors. [Post]
  • Metro struggles with emergency call buttons. [NBC4]
  • U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is getting closer to Mayor Vince Gray. [Post]
  • Frederick Douglass statue goes up in U.S. Capitol. [DCist]
  • ABC Board averts strip club arms race. [Post]

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

  • How D.C. can recoup some revenue from tax-exempt properties. [WBJ]
  • Mount Pleasant church now slated to become 70 condos, no parking. [UrbanTurf]
  • The Mayflower Hotel has mortgage issues again. [WSJ]
  • Bloomingdale construction plans changed; ABC7 credits ABC7. [WJLA]
  • Parking requirements would force Scottish Rite Temple to pave over all its green space. [Borderstan]
  • The next battleground: sidewalk biking. [GGW]
  • Federal commission backs Frank Gehry design for Eisenhower memorial over family objections. [WJLA]
  • Petworth and Shepherd Park are D.C.’s hottest housing neighborhoods. [WBJ]
  • Restoration work begins at Frager’s Hardware. [Hill Rag]

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

  • The story of The Doors’ legendary 1967 show at the Alexandria Roller Rink, aka that time Jim Morrison gave his hometown the finger [Post]
  • After Frank Gehry debuts some tweaks to the Eisenhower Memorial, the Memorial Commission approves that joint. [Post]
  • A report from the Frederick Douglass statue unveiling at the Capitol building, where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave a shout-out to D.C. statehood, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner stewed in grumpy silence. [Post]
  • Ann Hornaday pens a very kind profile of AFI Docs Director Sky Sitney.[Post]
  • Rolling Stone loves Merriweather Post Pavilion. [WTOP]
  • The wife of Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch is cast as an extra inHouse of Cards, which probably makes her more famous than her husband. [WTOP]

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

  • D.C. dishes made out of swamp creatures [Express]
  • Five U Street NW spots worth revisiting [Girl Meets Food]
  • Shake Shack at 800 F St. NW will open June 25. [Washingtonian]
  • Critic Tom Sietsema takes down La Tagliatella in Arlington. [Post]
  • Georgetown’s Dean & Deluca has a new chef. [Eater]
  • The history of the Martini [NPR]
  • Pretty photos of MXDC [BYT]