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If it’s Thursday, it’s City Paper Day. Pick up your copy today and read the cover story, Alan Suderman‘s look at the lame-duck mayorship of Vince Gray.


  • A third of D.C. kids are living in poverty. [Examiner]
  • Grand jury subpoenas sent out in lottery investigation. [Examiner]
  • Mayoral spokesman Pedro Ribeiro chastises reporters for not covering good news. [NBC 4]


Photo of the Day: Red Whistle.

Tough-Talking Tommy: Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells tells Roll Call that he goes to places cops won’t go without backup. Is Wells our toughest councilmember? Maybe not: Wells say Roll Call took his quote out of context.

No More Laughs: Go inside the death of Chinatown’s Riot Act Comedy Theater, which has reopened as the bar Penn Social.

Faux-Food: Whether it’s Haldar Karoum‘s Estadio or Mike Isabella‘s Bandolero, the District is experiencing a wave of chefs opening restaurants that serve cuisine they have little previous experience in. Does authenticity matter anymore in D.C. dining?

Pretty Faces: The Hill‘s list of Capitol Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People is out, but nicknames like Shrimp Killer and The Horror make them sound more like good-hearted mercenaries than special assistants.


LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by LL columnist Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Mayor Gray wants to make the case that he’s a reasonably competent chief executive without talking about that other stuff. [WCP, Post]
  • Grand jury sending out subpeonas in lotto deal. [Examiner]
  • Gray is getting good at defending himself. [Times]
  • Gray’s flack, Pedro Ribeiro, gets mad at reporters [NBC4]
  • Activists mad at Pepco. [CD]
  • Gray forms taskforce with Pepco. [WUSA9]
  • DCPS test scores going up. [WAMU]
  • Maryland’s Steny Hoyer says “no way” to commuter tax. [DCist]

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

  • The D.C. Improv turns 20. [Express]
  • Sens. John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe hang out with the delegation from Pawnee, Ind. [New York Times]
  • The tiny, very influential arts nonprofit in the alley behind the Phillips Collection [Post]
  • Natalie Hopkinson on how go-go persisted [Express]
  • Scoutmob’s ScoutSoundsDC Podcast (featuring Oddisee, Misun, and other local acts this week) returns. [ScoutMob]
  • Talk It, the instrumental indie-rock band featuring (ex-WCP staffer) Andrew Beaujon and John Rickman of Eggs and Emily Mitchell, guest DJs on Radio CPR’s “Dissonance.” [Dissonance]
  • “This Is Not a Fugazi Essay.” No kidding. [Huffington Post]

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

  • Ripple chef forages for your dinner. [Express]
  • Limited edition dishes, including Churchkey‘s Luther bacon doughnut fried chicken sandwich [Eater]
  • Elizabeth’s Gone Raw gets new chef. [Post]
  • Tacos El Chilango opens August 5 at 12th and V streets NW. [PoP]
  • Serbian restaurant coming to Barracks Row. [WBJ]
  • Sharon Stone dines at Tosca. [Reliable Source]
  • Pig roast at Local 16 tonight. [Borderstan]