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The weekend’s almost here, and what better way to celebrate than by picking up a copy of Washington City Paper? For the full round-up on Vince Gray‘s prospects and the shadow campaign, read on for Loose Lips Daily.


  • Erik Postell, who shot another boy when he was 15, reflects on his crime. [Washingtonian]
  • Diabetic DCPS third-grader kept out of school because staff can’t administer insulin shots; DCPS say it’s fixing the problem. [Examiner]
  • Man stops riding Metro, gets engaged. [Unsuck D.C. Metro]


Photo of the Day: Man Quoting From Bible.

Stuffed Stuff: Taxidermied animals are a popular decoration at some of the District’s restaurants. One restaurateur says that giving people some animals to look at means you can charge more for burgers. As you might expect, PETA isn’t happy.

The Ice of Fredericksburg: D.C. indie rockers are reuniting again for two shows in Baltimore and Fredericksburg. But with those two on the list, Washington has to be next, right?

Fox Con: Monologuist Mike Daisey is back in Washington to perform his now-discredited play about Apple’s manufacturing in China—-but why? He’s back in the role he knows best, writes Chris Klimek in this week’s cover story: playing Mike Daisey.

Funneling Fun: Workers on Gray’s shadow campaign were living large, enjoying a large catering budget and other benefits denied people on the legitimate campaign. Nice job if you can get it, even if the shirts were uglier.


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

  • Vince Gray met with Jeanne Harris in January to talk about that extra, unreported campaign cash. [Post]
  • David Catania calls Gray a “joke,” says he should resign. Mary Cheh and Muriel Bowser follow suit. “This is a hard one. I’m going to go home and cry,” says Cheh. [Fox5Times]
  • Gray’s “wistful repetition of his good intentions.” [NBC4]
  • Phil Mendelson chides those three colleagues, saying it’s uncool to ask for a premature resignation. [Examiner]
  • Mayoral aspirant Tommy Wells did not call for the mayor to resign, despite what TV station may have said. [WUSA9]
  • Post ed board: Gray “appears oblivious.” [Post]
  • Examiner ed board: Gray is “clueless.” [Examiner]
  • Post columnist: “It’s hard to believe his days aren’t numbered.” [Post]
  • Gray campaign communications guru Mo Elleithee: Gray was betrayed by people he trusted. [Post]
  • Gray forges ahead with his plan to make it harder to get public records. [Examiner]
  • Shadow senator Michael Brown says statehood push is hurt by scandals. [WUSA9]

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

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

  • Proof makes national round-up of sexy bathrooms [Zagat]
  • Sichuan chain Ba Guo Bu Yi eyes D.C. [Post]
  • Uber launches “on-demand” ice cream truck. [Uber]
  • Bandolero GM James Horn heads to the kitchen of Bourbon Steak. [Eater]
  • Slate Wine Bar + Bistro to open in Glover Park later this summer. [Eater]
  • Farrah Olivia chef Morou Ouattara has never had a banh mi. [NoVa Mag]
  • Coppi’s Organic on U Street NW closes for a year starting July 14. [PoP]