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Batter up, readers, and enjoy this sketch of Vince Gray, first baseman. The mayor says he still regrets not going pro in his youth—-a regret that inspired him, in part, to run against Adrian Fenty.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Even Orange Line riders aren’t happy with Rush Plus. [Examiner]
  • Despite costs, D.C. program meant to monitor juvenile offenders is failing to stop violence. [WJLA]
  • Office of Campaign Finance missed chance to catch Harry Thomas Jr. [Examiner]

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

Photos of the Day: Man With Camel.

Brown Out: Accusations are flying after the cancellation of a tribute to deceased Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown.

Hopes With No Name: What should City Paper call the team of politicos—-Sekou Biddle, Bryan Weaver, Patrick Mara, and David Grosso—-who are united by their lack of success in elections and love of good government? Loose Lips is looking for suggestions. DLD suggests “The Mild Bunch.”

A Distillery Divided Against Itself: Shaw’s Tavern’s new mixologist plans to shake up the drink menu with a Civil War theme. The restaurant is also pushing for D.C. legislation that would make it possible for restaurants to apply for distillery licenses—-a brazen move from a restaurant that, under previous ownership, lost its liquor license.

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

  • Program for troubled youth doesn’t do much but waste city funds, investigation finds. [WJLA]
  • Mayor Vince Gray’s biggest regret? Not playing professional baseball [Post]
  • Did OCF ignore clues that HTJ was a crook? [Examiner]
  • Klingle road years off from being Klingle trail. [Post]
  • Virginians rally in D.C. for guns. [Times]

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

  • Brightest Young Things’ plans for New York City: “The expansion to New York is scary. It’s a lot harder to get noticed. But we’re bumping into the walls of how far we can go in D.C. It’s a tiny place, so we need to try.” [New York Times]
  • How the Pussy Riot punk-solidarity protests outside the Russian embassy mirror the 1980s’ punk-percussion anti-Apartheid protests outside the South African embassy [New Republic]
  • Valerie Paschall interviews cool local bands Priests and Meow vs. Meow. [DCist]
  • Meet Smithsonian magazine’s anthropologically minded new fashion blogger. [Express]
  • Show reviews: DC Rock Live on Lorelei/Deathfix/Sun Wolf. Post on Dirty Projectors and Be’La Dona/Klymaxx.

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)