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Happy hump day, Washingtonians. Let’s get to the news:


  • Amtrak wants to spend $7 billion overhauling Union Station. [Post]
  • Baltimore hopes immigrants will shore up city’s population losses. [Post]
  • “Will D.C. Still Show the Love for Obama?” wonders Harry Jaffe. Yes. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: We Can End AIDS March.

Commitment Issues: Chef Mike Isabella will be prowling the District in a Graffiato food truck today, but don’t expect it to become a full-time venture. The food in this truck is precooked, and the chef says he doesn’t have the time for a food truck.

Attn. Shady Financiers: Have you seen trippy mayoral tribute mayorgray.com? The site’s owner says it’s for sale, for the low low price of one shadow campaign.

Fraud Accusation: A city contractor says that D.C.’s Certified Business Enterprise program, meant to pair smaller Washington businesses with larger, out-of-District ones on contracts, ended in fraud in his case. Andre Downey says majority partner Forrester Construction used him to get the contract, then cut him out of the renovations to Anacostia High School.

French Fringe: What could be Fringier than a play about a dead French Surrealist trying to get resurrected? But, writes Sophia Bushong, Jesus Le Momo is worth seeing.


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

  • Mayor’s security detail to make sure Hizzoner has a little more breathing room. [NBC4]
  • Ed board: If Vince Gray was such a lock to beat Adrian Fenty, then why all the sleazy stuff? [Post]
  • Gov’t agencies getting better grades. [Times]
  • Phil Pannell running for Ward 8 school board spot. [Post]
  • Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown has a message. [@kwamebrowndc]
  • Cab upgrades could be delayed. [Post]
  • City given six more months to fix developmentally disabled care; David Wilmot close to getting out of the group home biz. [Post]
  • Marion Barry’s first wife, Mary Treadwell, has died. [@marionbarryjr]
  • Write a comment, the city listens. [WTOP]

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

  • Quiet down, rumor mill, ’cause it’s official: The Make-Up will play Black Cat Sept. 20. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. [Black Cat]
  • Katherine Goldstein, who’s engaged to Dismemberment Plan singer Travis Morrison, writes a column about how she unwittingly walked into a relationship with a rock star. The comments, predictably, are brutal. [Slate]
  • A scene piece from the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar [Post]
  • Five thoughts about the Everclear/Sugar Ray/Gin Blossoms concert at Wolf Trap [Post]
  • Weezer belongs in the mall! [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • “Unfortunately, where Agony and Ecstasy is concerned, watching Mike Daisey be Mike Daisey is now a chore and a two-hour exercise in vanity.” [DCist]
  • Fiesta D.C. will move to Pennsylvania Avenue NW this year, but it aims to return to Mt. Pleasant in 2013 [DCist]

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

  • NASA plans meals for 2030 Mars mission. [NPR]
  • Chipotle coming to Barracks Row. [PoP]
  • Crepe Amour reopening in Vienna. [Washingtonian]
  • Pi Truck will cease operations after July 31. [Restaurant Pi]
  • South American bakery Señor Pan appears to have closed in Arlington. [Eater]
  • What to sip this summer [Metrocurean]
  • Sushi Rock gets in the Olympic spirit with a Philly cheesesteak roll. [NoVa Mag]