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The weird, wonderful Hirshhorn Bubble is on life support—-and it could take the museum with it. That’s this week’s Washington City Paper cover story, available today for $15 million less than the Bubble.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Pay $1 rent, get pop-up business space by St. Elizabeths. [Examiner]
  • D.C. library chief announces retirement. [Post]
  • Alleged carjacker dies after being shot by D.C. police. [Examiner]
  • Metro rail ridership down almost 5 percent. [Examiner]
  • True foodies order off-menu sauces. [Young & Hungry]

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

  • Neighbors fight Skyland/Walmart project. [WBJ]
  • Ibiza Night Club for sale? [PoPville]
  • RGIII drops $2.5 million on a Loudoun County home. [WBJ]
  • More details on the Mom’s Organic Market coming to Hecht’s [WBJ]
  • Sequestration’s not as bad as we feared. [Post]
  • Biking’s not just for white people. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Retailers can lease St. Es pop-up space for $1/month. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Loft above Busboys

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

  • The second Trillectro will now take place Aug. 17, not Aug. 3 as previously announced. [Post]
  • Hirshhorn director Richard Koshalek, who plans to resign in part because of the Bubble’s struggles, may leave before his planned December exit date. [ArtInfo]
  • Corcoran’s Gallery 31 will mount an exhibit on drone warfare this summer. [DCist]
  • D.C. Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper says she’ll retire this year. [Post]
  • Tyler Green weighs in on the Hirshhorn Bubble’s deflation. [ArtInfo]
  • Deathfix guests on the latest edition of Dissonance on Radio CPR. [Dissonance]
  • Stream Paperhaus‘ new EP, Lo Hi Lo. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Metro is looking for summer performers. [AP via WJLA]

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

  • Six D.C. bars named among the best in America. [Esquire]
  • Twenty-three bars with outdoor happy hours [Washingtonian]
  • Try these summer cocktails. [Post]
  • Count ’em: 50, yes 50, spring restaurant openings [Eater]
  • BurGorilla food truck launches. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Restaurant with “Wanna Get Jerked?” sign closes for “upscaled” renovations. [PoPville]
  • New group forms to oppose backyard hens. [ARLnow]