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Florida Rep. John Mica isn’t impressed with the District’s successful referendum on budget autonomy. “When my kids were young—-teenagers—-they wanted budget autonomy, too,” he told Fox 5 yesterday.


  • In D.C., the rich have trees, the poor don’t. [Post]
  • No kids allowed at Alexandria sushi restaurant. [WTOP]
  • Logan Circle beating could be a hate crime. [NBC 4]
  • Metro to sell Fourth of July-themed SmarTrip. [Examiner]
  • City won’t lease government land to KIPP charter school. [Post]
  • Four lines of track work this weekend. [Post]
  • Rockville woman has a cat tattoo, but steals a dog. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Miss Rodeo Virginia.

Big Box: The H Street Walmart doesn’t look like your average Walmart.

Wrong Side of the Tracks: A look at the richest and poorest areas surrounding Metro stations.

Hit the Slopes: A disco/ski chalet lounge is opening in Dupont Circle.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Florida congressman compares D.C.’s budget to his kids’ allowance. [Fox5]
  • D.C. is a city of tree haves and tree have-nots. [Post]
  • Vince Gray says he has a plan to clean up Jeff Thompson’s $70 million mess. Awkward. [WBJ]
  • Anita Bonds‘ victory a blast from the past, says Jonetta Rose Barras. [Examiner]
  • Paul Zukerberg says he’s just getting started, maybe. [Post]
  • Funny, don’t remember Vincent Orange caring so much about a Medicaid MCO’s financial health when he voted to give extra money to Jeff Thompson’s Chartered.  [WBJ]
  • Rest of Congress doesn’t appear to care about recent budget autonomy vote. [Times]
  • Bob King’s support of Muriel Bowser’s mayoral campaign raises eyebrows. [Blade]

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

  • D.C. issues call for developers for Mount Vernon Triangle site. [WBJ]
  • $100 million later, Woodson High School is still falling apart. [WJLA]
  • Low-rise, high-density? A formula for sunshine and ugliness. [Atlantic Cities]
  • An argument in favor of preserving the West Heating Plant. [GGW]
  • Scenes from the D.C. Council’s DHCD oversight hearing. [CNHED]
  • A “discotheque meets après-ski chalet” is coming to Dupont. [Young and Hungry]
  • D.C.’s first marijuana dispensary is set to open within weeks. [DCist]
  • The best real estate deals of the year. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Truxton condos

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

  • 2 Chainz acquitted of his Maryland drug charge. [AP via Huffington Post D.C.]
  • More about the massive Glenstone museum expansion in Potomac [Architect]
  • WAMU on D.C. band Ugly Purple Sweater, whose Columbia Heights anthem “DC USA” we named “Best Local Ode.” [WAMU]
  • Rolling Stone deems 9:30 Club the “Best Big Room in America.” [Rolling Stone]
  • Watch: A new, heavy video from Drop Electric [D.C. Music Download]
  • Friday listening: A mix from Virginia-based, Netherlands-born electronic-music producer Martyn [Soundcloud]

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

  • A fried chicken taste test reveals who’s got the best birds. [Washingtonian]
  • Former Queen Vic and Sonoma chef Michael Bonk heads to The Pig. [Eater]
  • Sugar Magnolia to become a 12-seat group dining room for Ripple. [Post]
  • Mothership launches brunch this weekend. [PoPville]
  • Japanese bring latte art to a new level. [NPR]
  • Chefs add flowers to dishes and drinks. [Express]
  • Soft shell crabs at Mokomandy [NoVa Mag]