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Some 115,000 federal employees are starting an involuntary four-day Memorial Day weekend today, thanks to furloughs brought on by sequestration.


  • Montgomery Mall parking garage collapse kills worker. [Post]
  • Men steal Mercedes at gunpoint, crash it into school bus. [Examiner]
  • Portion of 14th Street NW reopens following sinkhole. [WTOP]
  • D.C. real estate boom makes it to the Wall Street Journal. [WSJ]
  • Suspect still at-large in North Capitol Street drive-by. [NBC 4]
  • D.C. summer won’t be so bad. [Post]
  • Ahead of change to magazine, Washington Examiner stops home deliveries. [City Desk]


Photo of the Day: Farragut North.

Nervous Sweat: A parody dating site inspired by uncomfortably hot Metro cars could inspire a legal response from Metro.

Bubble Burst: The director of the Hirshhorn resigned yesterday after an inconclusive vote on the museum’s controversial “Bubble” project.

Stop Bugging Me: El Centro DF’s grasshopper guacamole is just the latest in stunt cuisine.

Squeeze In: D.C.’s tiniest house could be yours for just $1,200 a month.

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

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

  • After an inconclusive Hirshhorn vote on the Bloomberg Balloon/Bubble, Hirshhorn Director Richard Koshalek resigns. [Arts Desk]
  • Phil Kennicott‘s reaction: “If [Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne] Clough votes down the Bubble, it will send a clear and chilling message to other Smithsonian entities and to anyone who is courted to replace Koshalek.” [Post]
  • Columnist John Kelly makes a D.C. playlist. [Post]
  • More on Signature Theatre’s Arlington County tax bailout [Post]
  • The Nigerian film industry—Nollywood—sets up shop in the D.C. area. [Post]
  • Look: New murals in Logan Circle [Mixed Media District]
  • Listen to the new album from D.C. indie-rock ensemble Greenland [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Char and smoke are in. [Express]
  • The evolution of Tryst‘s beer menu [DC Beer]
  • GBD sells 2,000 to 2,400 doughnuts per week [Eater]
  • Where to drink Memorial Day Weekend [Drink DC]
  • Indian street food coming to H Street NE [Frozen Tropics]
  • A slideshow of summer cocktails [Post]
  • The best martinis around D.C. [Zagat]