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The family of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been living large, according to the Post, spending taxpayer money on personal items.


  • U.S. Attorney Ron Machen tight-lipped about future prosecutions in radio appearance. [WAMU]
  • National Harbor workers have trouble getting home after closing time. [Post]
  • Two people shot in Southeast this morning. [Post]
  • Less statehood, more roads, demands confusing columnist. [Times]


Horizontal Mambo: Crawling across eight miles of Rosslyn pavement isn’t so easy.

It’s Goofy: If Zeke’s DC Donutz can’t work in its Dupont Circle location, the owner of Mr. Yogato is looking to open a “goofy” restaurant and bar there.

Et Tu, Bazilio Cobb Associates?: The accounting firm once run by embattled D.C. politics money man Jeff Thompson has accused him of running a straw donor scheme with its employee.

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

  • Post ed board wants D.C. Council action on Marion Barry‘s gifts from city contractors. [Post]
  • Accounting firm once run by Jeff Thompson accuses him of running straw donor scheme with company money. [Post, LL]
  • Times’ Deborah Simmons: Don’t spend money on statehood lobbying, spend it on…a ramp over New York Avenue? [Times]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras‘ first column in the Post is on the lackluster sons of D.C. politics. [Post]
  • Metro needs a long-term financial plan, says Dave Alpert. [Post]

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

  • Ten buildings that changed D.C., for better or worse. [Parchment]
  • No to D.C. statehood, yes to a giant flyover ramp from the Anacostia to downtown. [Washington Times]
  • Howard cuts 75 jobs. [Post]
  • Another story of cyclist assault, this time with a happy ending. [GGW]
  • Fourteen bowling lanes coming to Georgetown. [WBJ]
  • Tourism in D.C. keeps climbing. [Post]
  • For the sake of theaters, fix zoning. [GGW]
  • A Metro station or gondola for Georgetown? [UrbanTurf]
  • The heady expansion of Sweetgreen. [Post]
  • After a big price cut, Dominique Strauss-Kahn‘s house sells for $3.3 million. [UrbanTurf]
  • Former Rep. Allen West: Wanna see something really screwed up? Check out black neighborhoods in D.C. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: RiverEast townhomes

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

  • Toots and the Maytals singer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert is suing an alleged bottle-thrower for $21 million. [WTOP]
  • David Alpert thinks zoning tweaks will help local theaters find places to perform. [Post]
  • Could more local theaters learn from Woolly Mammoth’s digital-engagement initiatives? [Post]
  • In the 1940s, what’s now the 9:30 Club was Duke Ellington‘s. [Post]
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company might go back to court with its landlord. [Post]
  • More art space for Hyattsville! [East City Art]
  • Olney Theatre lets its patrons choose what type of plays they want to subscribe to. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • The Post runs a shorter version of the Sweetgreen story we ran two years ago. [Post]

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

  • Ten frozen cocktails to try [The Plate]
  • In defense of the piña colada [NPR]
  • Cheesetique protests FDA shipment block with free fromage. [Washingtonian]
  • Great outdoor happy hours in Clarendon [Zagat]
  • Bar di Bari opens June 21. [Post]
  • Newton’s Noodles opening in early July. [PoPville]
  • Breakfast foods with more sugar than a Snickers bar [HuffPost]
  • Cloud Lounge coming to Arlington this summer. [ARLnow]