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No matter how rough your Monday is, at least you aren’t Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Trouble in Ward 5 over proposed trolley barn [Times]
  • Thriller The 500, whose ads have conquered the Metro system, apparently isn’t very good. [Post]
  • Vince Gray is causing his own political problems, Examiner says.  [Examiner]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

School for Scoundrels: Vince Gray signed an anti-bullying bill Friday, but what to do the kids think about how to reduce bullying? One eight-year-old’s suggestion: a school just for bullies.

Church on the Make: The real estate-hungry congregation of the United House of Prayer wants a new parcel of land at 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW, which it says will be developed into affordable housing.

Laugh Riot: Chinatown’s Riot Act comedy club will now become a club that has some comedy, citing difficulty selling out shows.

Honey Badger Don’t Care: Pennsylvania Avenue’s Del Frisco’s Grille isn’t opening until July, but the restaurant’s fourth location will be offering, among other things, a  a “suit & tie” filet mignon and a honey badger-themed shot.

LINKDUMP BELOW!

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray heads to China, says he’s not worried one bit about investigation. [AP]
  • What about the rumor that he’s going to resign? “No truth to that, unless something’s going on in my head that I don’t know about.” [Post]
  • David Catania gives an extended poker metaphor. [Examiner]
  • No widespread cheating in DCPS, investigation finds. [USAToday]
  • But the real investigation isn’t done yet, and this one was a waste of time, says Postie. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser not keen on Irv Nathan’s FOIA suggestions. [Examiner]
  • Holland and Knight won’t let reporter watch private briefing with DGS boss. [Times]
  • DC wants control of its special ed buses. [WAMU]
  • Budget forecasts hold this quarter. [Post]
  • Kenyan McDuffie late on filing campaign finance forms. [Post]

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex columnist Lydia DePillis (tips? housingcomplex@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Anacostia riverwalk gets federal dough. [GGW]
  • Rhode Island Row is officially open. [RIAInsider]
  • The waiting list—homelessness, NoMa parks—loses out. [Post]
  • Complications at the Yards [JDLand]
  • Shuttered Playbill Cafe will come back to life. [PoP]
  • Did the feds skip over the homeless while offloading buildings? [Post]
  • What it means that 32.4 percent of D.C.-area homeowners are underwater. [Post]
  • Polluters complain that green guidelines will put them out of business. [Post]
  • Takesaway: Historic preservation shoots itself in the foot by kiboshing solar panels. [Post]
  • What if your kids could be taken away when you try to get a roof over their heads? [Post]

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

  • Slowly, slowly, Christoph Eschenbach is making welcome changes at the National Symphony Orchestra. [Post]
  • How D.C. street artist DECOY got into mural-making out of shyness. [Pink Noise]
  • Ian Svenonius visits Muscle Shoals. [Vice]
  • John Feffer, Fringe mainstay, on John Feffer [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Mynabirds returns to D.C., home of singer Laura Burhenn. [Post]

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

  • Ten affordable restaurants to dine with a group [Eater]
  • Little Serow makes list of 10 best new Asian restaurants in the country [Details]
  • Andrew Zimmern‘s Bizarre Foods will film in D.C. [Post]
  • New bar and grill coming to Brookland from owners of The Pug, Solly’s, and Sova [PoP]
  • Riot Act Comedy Theatre will become a bar called Penn Social. [Arts Desk]
  • No more half pitchers at Lauriol Plaza [DCist]
  • A Bar at Avenue Suites now open at 2500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW [Washingtonian]