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Welcome to Tuesday on what is shaping up to be, holidays aside, Washington’s longest week. Mayor Vince Gray has asked the president to declare D.C. a disaster area.


  • Washingtonians frustrated with D.C. government. [Examiner]
  • Dr. Gridlock says Rush Plus needs work. [Post]
  • King George III has his revenge: Maryland towns and counties cancel July 4 celebrations. [Post]
  • Andy Griffith has died. [TMZ]


Donkey Kong Kopyright: Is the idea for H Street NE’s new arcade-themed bar Barcade stolen from New York’s arcade-themed bar Barcade? More importantly, is H Street about to see a return to the high-score wars of the 1980s? Elsewhere, Dupont Circle  Taylor Gourmet opens.

Ron Machen Saw the Sign, and It Opened Up His Eyes: Feds on the Gray-campaign case have been looking into campaign signs. Two companies that made signs for the campaign have been asked for their records.

Bike Boom: Bike shop owners are reporting an increase in new bike customers inspired by Capital Bikeshare.

Girls, Girls, Girls: Hip-hop artists Raheem DeVaughn and Tabbi Bonney talk about what kind of girl they want in new track “Need a Girl.” Non-ambitious ladies need not apply.


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

  • Pepco is pretty “cozy” with D.C. pols. [WAMU]
  • But Vince Gray is still angry at Pepco. [Post]
  • “How did you hear about that?”  Firefighters filling up pool during hectic weekend. [Times]
  • The mail is back! [Themail]
  • Some taxi drivers are mad. [Examiner]
  • Underground powerlines are very costly. [Post]

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

  • National Community Church in Capitol Hill will also operate as a movie theater. [Post]
  • An interview with DJ and U Street Music Hall staffer Morgan Tepper, aka DJ Lxsx Frxnk [On Tap]
  • Philip Kennicott reviews Castleton’s Barber of Seville. [Philip Kennicott]
  • Famous strip joint/four-star restaurant Stadium Club gets its own reality show. [DCist]
  • Everyone hates Pepco. Why not sing about it? [DCist]

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

  • Five places to watch the fireworks [Urban Daddy]
  • Freaking awesome food trucks [Daily Meal]
  • Food porn from U Street’s new British pub, The Brixton [BYT]
  • Alexandria’s Port City Brewery could lose 13,000 gallons of beer from power outage. [DCist]
  • Beat the heat and get drunk in the process. [Washingtonian]
  • An open letter to infamously picky eater Anderson Cooper [Eatocracy]
  • Ten must-eat banh mi sandwiches in the Washington area [Eater]
  • A guide to food attractions in all 50 states (but not D.C.) [Zagat]