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Snatch-and-grab Metro thieves still favor the iPhone, according to a new report from the transit agency. iPhone thefts made up 67 percent of the items stolen in the first quarter of this year.


  • Alleged shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson accused of obstructing federal investigation. [Post]
  • It’s cicada time. [WTOP]
  • Capital Bikeshare accused of underpaying workers. [Post]
  • Councilmember David Grosso refuses to vote on Council contracts. [Examiner]
  • Pat Mara wins absentee ballot at-large votes. [Post]
  • Gunmen sexually assault woman in Columbia Heights. [Post]


Photos of the Day: Paint Branch, Deathfix.

Day Without Food Trucks: Farragut Square food trucks refused to serve food yesterday to illustrate how they think proposed food truck regulations will kill their industry.

Amazon Tax: D.C. councilmembers want to use a potential new sales tax on Internet purchases to fund homeless services.

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

  • Capital Bikeshare is under investigation by the Department of Labor. [Post]
  • Mapping jobs for young people. D.C. fares pretty well. [NYT]
  • A longshot pitch to bring the FBI to a non-transit-accessible site. [GGW]
  • Georgia Avenue’s The Heights gets ribbon-cutting tomorrow. [Park View DC]
  • Checking in on DC SEU’s progress. [GGW]
  • And on the Adams Morgan hotel’s. [The 42]
  • Council to vote on truancy today. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: In need of TLC in Park View

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

  • Two Virginia songwriters sue Justin Bieber and Usher for copyright infringement. [AP via WJLA]
  • A Belgian artist brings live chickens to Connersmith gallery. [Post]
  • Angry attendees protest the lack of chili at the DC101 Chili Cook-Off. [Post]
  • Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser: “If politicians are concerned about job creation and economic growth, why are they cutting arts support?” [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Prince George’s County synthpop duo Ploy is working on its next EP. [D.C. Music Download]
  • The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces the winners of its 30th Annual Larry Neal Writers’ Competition. [Art 202]

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

  • Komi chef Johnny Monis wins a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. [JBF]
  • Max’s Best Ice Cream in Glover Park loses lease, Rocklands BBQ moving in [Washingtonian]
  • Michel Richard‘s Atlantic City location of Central closes. [Eater]
  • Owner of Rumors bar files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [WBJ]
  • Mike Isabella does another pop-up, this time for G sandwich shop. [Post]
  • Get half off at Nooshi‘s soft opening on Barracks Row today. [PoPville]
  • First bite at Ghibellina [Eat More Drink More]