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Ex-Councilmember Michael Brown‘s guilty plea to a bribery charge yesterday brings to a close an FBI sting—-and, in all likelihood, Brown’s political career. But Brown’s cooperation with prosecutors on future investigations points to more legal trouble ahead for D.C. politicians.


  • Brown faces up to 37 months in prison under plea deal. [LL]
  • Marion Barry wants more money for summer jobs program. [Examiner]
  • District avoiding insurance price jumps from health exchanges. [Examiner]
  • “Reconstitution” process, most recently seen at Cardozo, meant to improve schools. [Post]
  • Charter school employee pleads guilty to embezzling more than $75,000. [Post]


Photos of the Day: Capital Pride.

Ramen Remains: Despite reports to the contrary, Adams Morgan’s Taan hasn’t closed for good.

No One Man Should Have All This Power: Kanye West projected his disembodied head on D.C. buildings because he’s Kanye West.

Howard Hurly-Burly: Is Howard University in financial trouble? Opinions vary.

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

  • Michael Brown pleads guilty to bribery charge. [WAMU, Post, LL, Times]
  • Activist say medial marijuana applications don’t exist yet, Department of Health says they do. [Times]
  • Disgruntled ex-director of Public Employee Relations Board was offered $30,000 severance. [Times]
  • Summer jobs program needs more money, Marion Barry says. [Examiner]
  • D.C. Council ignored warning signs about Brown, says Chuck Thies. [NBC 4]

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

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

  • Neal Augenstein talks to photographer Lucian Perkins and The Teen IdlesNathan Strejeck about Perkins’ book of early D.C. punk photos, Hard Art. [WTOP]
  • A juicy nugget from Chris Richards‘ story about Hard Art: When Bob Woodward saw Lucian Perkins‘ photos of D.C. punk, he seemed dismissive, saying, “This doesn’t exist in Washington.” [Post]
  • A takeaway from last weekend’s SuperNOVA performance art festival [Pink Line Project]
  • Every now and then, writes Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, it’s OK to have a boring season. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Kathleen Hanna‘s Julie Ruin releases a new album this September. [Spin]
  • Trillectro presale tickets on sale now. [The Couch Sessions]
  • “I grew up with a poster of Anton Chekhov in my bedroom, ok gurl?” [Pink Line Project]
  • More WaPo readers chime in on the deflated Hirshhorn Bubble. [Post]

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

  • Five gluten-free lunch spots [Washingtonian]
  • What people are saying about Vendetta on H Street NE [Eater]
  • Nine gourmet snacks around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Food ideas for Father’s Day [HuffPost]
  • What’s up with Carla Hall these days? [BYT]
  • The weirdest food trucks in the world [Jalopnik via Eater]