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Former Councilmember Michael Brown‘s political career comes down to this afternoon, when he’s set to plead guilty to bribery charges.


  • Jack Evans launches mayoral run. [Loose Lips]
  • After fire, Frager’s Hardware relocates to Eastern Market. [WAMU]
  • Man charged with pizza robbery that went viral. [Post]
  • Downtown sinkhole repairs cost $5 million. [DCist]
  • Howard University trustee predicts trouble for school. [WAMU]
  • Shih Tzu survives stabbing. [Examiner]
  • Prince George’s County hotel clashes with cabbies. [Post]
  • Bikeshare a boon to economic development. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Women With Lollipops.

Ham and Sherry: A new D.C. restaurant is trying to spread the joys of sherry.

Ladies Nights: The District may be undergoing a lesbian nightlife revolution.

Bad Decisions: Despite tough talk from the U.S. Attorney at a press conference, former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown allegedly started taking bribes the next day.

The Price of Clean Rivers: DC Water’s clean-up program could hit poor residents hard.

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

  • Michael Brown set to plead guilty to bribery charges hearing this afternoon. [Examiner]
  • Jack Evans launches campaign for mayor. [Post, WAMU, DCist]
  • Mayor Vince Gray silent so far on Brown allegations. [NBC 4]
  • Brown investigation would have needed evidence of previous corruption, according to ex-prosecutors. [Times]
  • After the Brown revelations, activists want more focus on campaign finance reforms proposed by Gray and Irv Nathan. [WAMU]

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

  • Total cost of the sinkhole: $5 million. [DCist]
  • Georgetown BID plans ahead. [WBJ]
  • Parking-free developments will only get more common. [UrbanTurf]
  • Logan Circle remains D.C.’s gay neighborhood. [Borderstan]
  • Weigh in on the development at 965 Florida Ave. NW. [New Columbia Heights]
  • STEM jobs are really important to D.C. [Post]
  • Twenty-unit Capitol Hill development digs up a surprise. [ElevationDC]
  • Fundrise is hot, but maybe not such a hot investment. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Spacious 16th Street Heights rowhouse

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

  • National Mall bone display draws attention to global genocide. [Post]
  • Exorcist author says Georgetown University doesn’t deserve to call itself Catholic. [Huffington Post]
  • Malmaison has been hosting concerts and parties for months, and this month it’s finally opening. [Washingtonian]
  • Fort Knox cartoon strip comes to the Washington Post. [Comic Riffs]
  • The Post reviews the debut novel of D.C. novelist Elliott Holt. [Post]
  • D.C. wants to buy your video art. [East City Art]
  • Our guy Chris Klimek goes on WETA’s Around Town. [Chris Klimek]
  • While Mike Paarlberg is away this summer, Dissonance radio falls to Don Irwin and DJ Alpha Betts. [Dissonance]

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

  • The 10 best pie spots [The Plate]
  • Twenty weekend happy hours [Washingtonian]
  • Seven spirits you’ve probably never heard of [Drink DC]
  • Doughnut sandwich taste test [Post]
  • How to sell Coca Cola in Myanmar [NPR]
  • Eight nontouristy restaurants around the National Cathedral [Zagat]
  • Atlas Room launches brunch on H Street NE. [Frozen Tropics]