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I have sad news on this Tuesday: Caps and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is giving up his fan email account.


  • Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski says Metro is terrifying Marylanders. [Post]
  • D.C.’s lobbying-reporting requirements are so lax, they’re practically useless. [WAMU]
  • Sulaimon Brown calls a Wednesday rally in support of Vince Gray “literally ridiculous.” And Sulaimon Brown knows a little something about ridiculous! [Post]


Gallery of the Day: Italian Ice.

I Will Play for Gumbo: 18th Street NW’s Cajun Experience has closed after a year and a half of operation. Where will we get our jambalaya now?

Not So Fringe: This year’s Capital Fringe is set to be the theater festival’s most popular iteration yet, despite one of its tents collapse and a shortage of programs.

Cash Clash: Longtime political fundraiser Bernard Demzcuk wrote an op-ed last year saying he would only donate $25 to city politicians from here on out. Is Demzcuk keeping to his pledge? Not so much.


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

  • Post ed board wonders why Jim Graham is being so secretive about the lotto contract. [Post]
  • D.C.’s disclosure requirements for lobbyists: beyond useless [WAMU]
  • Graham really milked the will-he, won’t-he on calling for Gray’s resignation for all its worth. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser and Kenyan McDuffie: not guilty [Post]
  • CYITC says it’s now keeping track of city money. [Examiner]
  • Sulaimon Brown is back! Says Wednesday rally for Gray is “literally ridiculous.” [Post]
  • Gray’s critics are dumb, says Chuck Thies. [NBC4]

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

  • Dominic West doesn’t want to tweet about The Wire. That’s so rude. That’s so…McNulty. [DCist]
  • Does anyone care about Screen on the Green anymore? For what it’s worth, Screen on the Green says yes. [DCist]
  • Get ready for Adams Morgan Day, coming Sept. 9. [The 42]
  • National Building Museum minigolf course is not unenjoyable! [DCist]
  • Taking a tip from Groupon, LivingSocial is now selling merchandise. [AP/WTOP]
  • Watching the latest Washington-themed show, Political Animals [Washingtonian]
  • Peter Marks gives Beertown the stamp of approval [Post]

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

  • From bat to squirrel brains to bugs: unexpected delicacies around the world [HuffPost]
  • Mike Isabella joins the ranks of chefs with a cause. [Post]
  • Cocktails of the silver screen [Washingtonian]
  • La Forchetta looks for new name to avoid dispute with La Fourchette. [Eater]
  • President Barack Obama booed for declaring Thin Mints his favorite cookie. [Obama Foodarama]
  • Seven summer dining deals in D.C. [Zagat]