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Happy Wednesday. Did you know people are getting food trucks at their wedding receptions? What’s next?


  • With Jeanne Harris pleading guilty and the shadow campaign revealed, the question remains: What did Vince Gray know? [WCP]
  • LivingSocial got its tax break. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh wants Pepco to bury its power lines. [Post]
  • Winchester Star reporter Sarah Libby Greenhaigh‘s death in Fauquier County is being investigated as a homicide. [Post]
  • Washington man exonerated of rape after 20 years in prison. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Woman Covering Eyes.

50 Shades of Vince Gray: The District already has shadow senators and representatives, so it only makes sense that the city would have a shadow campaign. But the scale of the alleged Vince Gray shadow campaign revealed yesterday is still remarkable, with almost $40,000 spent on yard signs alone.

R-E-S-P-E-K-T: Rising D.C. rapper Fat Trel has released a new track, “Where We Go,” from upcoming album Respekt. The beat is gentler than much of his material, but he still sounds hungry, writes Joe Colly.

Uneven Bar Snacks: Del Ray’s Evening Star Cafe has a great atmosphere, but the food served at its Majestic Lounge isn’t always so majestic. The wings and Caesar salad are tangy, but the pulled pork tastes like it came straight out of a Hormel can and our critic was served a pickled mushroom salad…without any pickled mushroom! At least the music’s good.


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

  • With the shadow campaign revealed down to the doorhangers, Ron Machen says Vince Gray‘s 2010 campaign was “compromised.” [WCP, Post, Examiner, Washington Times]
  • Post ed board says Gray needs to answer questions about the campaign. [Post]
  • Courtland Milloy describes the hearing, checks on Harris’s sanity. [Post]
  • Council mandates credit card machines in cabs, no action on Uber for now. [Examiner]
  • Mary Cheh wants power lines underground. [Examiner]
  • Families on food stamps who lost food during the derecho will get money for more food. [Washington Times]

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

  • Google maps the Smithsonian! [AP via Huffington Post]
  • Tareq Salahi is gonna git that Journey guitarist who stole his wife, by God! [DCist]
  • In an interview, Capital Fringe Executive Director Julianne Brienza floats the idea of an affordable “theater barn” for D.C.’s performing-arts scene. [Huffington Post]

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

  • The best restaurants for an affair, break-up, or engagement [Washingtonian]
  • Marcel’s is D.C.’s top restaurant. [Zagat]
  • The 10 best food trucks [The Plate]
  • Sahara Lounge on H Street NE features hookahs and lots of fez hats. [Thrillist]
  • Early chatter about El Chucho taqueria in Columbia Heights [Eater]
  • What food writer Tim Carman ate on vacation in New York [Post]
  • Buffalo Wild Wings opens in Ballston next week. [ARLnow]
  • Amish farmers coming to Eastern Market on Tuesdays. [The Hill is Home]