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The Best of D.C. issue arrives today, available in your local Washington City Paper box. With both staff and reader picks, everything’s covered: best news anchor, best ranch dressing, even best Chipotle.


  • Body found in Tidal Basin. [Post]
  • Washington disability rolls grow. [Examiner]
  • Nightlife puts strain on police. [Examiner]
  • Nats game delayed after umpires get caught in traffic. [NBC 4]
  • New Metro garage already has cracks. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Men Fighting.

Fauxtem Pole: Anacostia has a new piece of public art, but don’t call it a totem pole!

Trump on the Loose: New Old Post Office proprietor Donald Trump has big plans.

Walking Away: Is top chef Mike Isabella distancing himself from his Mexican restaurant?

Try, Try Again: The District is trying once again to find a developer for the Franklin School.

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

  • CBEs set up sham D.C. offices; District government pays shams CBEs to be needless middlemen. Win-win! [Times]
  • Mystery donors (for now) behind pro-Patrick Mara mailer. [Post]
  • Paul Zukerberg organizing 4/20 concert the last day of early voting. [Post]
  • Nine libraries, including two newly renovated ones, have to be closed because of the heat. [Post]
  • David Catania not happy mayor’s budget calls for adding 132 employees at public libraries while cutting school librarians. [Examiner]
  • Barack Obama signals support for budget autonomy. [Examiner]
  • Rand Paul open to the idea of budget autonomy. [Post]
  • Cathy Lanier wants more cops around nightclubs. [Post]
  • Obama’s budget has money for St. Elizabeths construction. [Post]

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

  • D.C.’s libraries can’t take the heat. [DCist]
  • People used to swim in the Tidal Basin. Now they just do the dead man’s float. [WJLA]
  • How does D.C. stack up against other global cities on cost of living? [Expatistan]
  • Renderings and news from the Capitol Riverfront. [JDLand]
  • D.C.’s laws are now available to all. [GGW]
  • Walmarts march forward. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Glover Park for under $200k

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

  • “It’s basically a completely overblown toilet,” says architect Bjarke Ingels of the Smithsonian Castle. [Post]
  • DC Advocates for the Arts protest Mayor Vince Gray‘s proposed arts budget. [DC Advocates for the Arts]
  • Smithsonian also wants a budget increase, to the tune of $59 million. [AP via WJLA]
  • Textile Museum hires a new director. [Washington Business Journal]
  • The Washington Post‘s editorial board weighs in on the Corcoran/University of Maryland partnership. [Post]
  • Nine D.C. libraries closed yesterday due to excessive heat. [Post]
  • Philip Sherburne interviews local electronic music producer and DJ Maxmillion Dunbar. [Spin]
  • Paperhaus files its first tour diary. [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • The flavors of fermentation are becoming popular on grocery store shelves. [WSJ]
  • What to expect from Del Campo, opening in a few weeks [Washingtonian]
  • How to make your own bitters [Drink DC]
  • New York’s Burger Joint considering D.C. locations [Eater]
  • What did the public have to say about proposed food truck regulations? [Post]
  • Boston chef Michael Schlow designing new menu for Vida Fitness’ Penthouse Pool Club [PoPville]
  • Morton’s Steakhouse remodeled in Bethesda. [Bethesda Mag]