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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Councilmember Michael Brown‘s driver’s license suspended five times over eight years. [Post]
  • No corner offices for big-wig Holland & Knight attorneys. [Post]
  • D.C. government tried to seize elementary school’s pets. [Examiner]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Photos of the Day: H Street Festival.

Ch-Ch-Changes: A panel last week on gentrification emitted a little heat, but not much light. But the City Paper commenters get insightful—-aside from the guy who calls himself a “gentrifying badass.”

Get Selfish for Shellfish: The recently reopened Union Market already has a star vendor: Rappahannock Oyster Bar. But good luck getting a seat.

Shots of the District: The Carroll Square Gallery’s new exhibit of vintage National Geographic photographs of the District look more like a day on the town than NatGeo’s usual exotic fare.

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

  • Who’s gonna drive you home? There’s a good chance it won’t be Michael Brown, who’s had his license suspended five times over the past eight years. [Post]
  • DYRS bragging about shit it’s supposed to do. [Times]
  • Those promised defamation lawsuits against Sulaimon Brown never happened, reminds Colby King. [Post]
  • Marion Barry hits the town two nights in a row. [Post]
  • Budget autonomy bill stalled. [Times]
  • All-or-nothing approach to statehood isn’t working, says Pat Mara. [Post]
  • Post keeps a bright light on tax office bureaucrat’s vetting. [Post]
  • D.C. Vote’s Ilir Zherka moving on. [Post]
  • Gray to start filling boards this week. [Examiner]

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jaylee Mead, an astronomer and philanthropist whose name adorns numerous venues in D.C.’s theater landscape—including Arena Stage’s gorgeous, two-year-old Mead Center for American Theater—has died. [Post, DC Theatre Scene, Washingtonian]
  • Peter Marks: “Jaylee Mead just had to be there”—and D.C.’s theaters were better for it. [Post]
  • The late Vance Bockis remembered by friends and family, including his bandmates from the bands The Factory and 9353. [Post]
  • H Street Festival is friendly to lip tattoos, and other photographic revelations. [DCistjuxtaexposed, Prince of Petworth]
  • Twelve actors Peter Marks is watching [Post]

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

  • Top business breakfast spots in the Washington area [WBJ]
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl debuts new mural with Chuck BrownBarack ObamaBill Cosby, and Donnie Simpson. [WJLA]
  • Colonel Brooks’ Tavern in Brookland closes. [PoP]
  • Landlord of shuttered Uniontown Bar & Grill in Anacostia is considering several bids, but Busboys and Poets is not one of them. [Greater Greater Washington]
  • No portrait of Keeping up with the Kardashians‘ Scott Disick at Capitale—for now [Eater]
  • Beer helps President Barack Obama build his regular-dude cred. [NPR]
  • Marion Barry croons at newly reopened Tony & Joe’s [Reliable Source]