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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Friday! You made it!
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: With newly resigned D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown expected to plead guilty today, prosecutors can focus fully on Mayor Vince Gray, the Examiner reports. Both Phil Mendelson and Vincent Orange want to replace Brown in the interim, notes the Post. (Councilmember David Catania offers a hilariously tepid endorsement of Mendo: “He’s not the most dynamic, but given all the other sideshows we have going on right now, that is exactly what we need.”) Petula Dvorak complains about the “sense of entitlement” that seems to plague crooked pols: “There is nothing sexy about the D.C. Council, so stop trying to make it like that.” At The Atlantic Cities, Sommer Mathis declares them all triflin’. David Simon (yep, that David Simon) even weighed in on the case on his own blog after calling the Kojo Nnamdi Show to gripe about the charge being small potatoes. Plus: D.C. raking in the dollars from speed cameras. [WTOP] Look up! It’s a drone. [WTOP] D.C. man admits to running an online prostitution ring. [WAMU] Don’t put money on the roof of your car. [NBC4]
YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: Thursday, City Paper‘s Needle fell three points. The damage done: Still Kwame.
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Kwame Brown Now Faces Campaign Finance Charge: It’s a lesser charge than the bank fraud charge, but Brown will plead guilty to both today in two different courthouses. LL writes: “In a court filing today in D.C. Superior Court, prosecutors say Brown authorized a relative of his to open a “side account” for campaign contributions, from which that relative made cash expenditures on behalf of the campaign in excess of $50—which meant they should have been reported.”
Today in Realtorspeak: Anacostia Über Alles!: One realtor wants to brand all of River East as “Anacostia neighborhoods” since Anacostia is apparently “a cool word” now.
Margaritas On Tap: Who Thought Of It First?: Both Mike Isabella‘s Bandolero and Jackie Greenbaum‘s El Chucho will serve margaritas on tap—a first in the District. Both claim it was their own original idead. “We like putting things on tap. It’s just cool,” said Isabella, who was also the first in D.C. to put Prosecco on tap, Y&H notes.
Does It Matter That the Corcoran Shows Just 3 Percent of Its Art?: Short answer: No, even though lack of space is one of the reasons the board is giving for why its building should be sold. For comparison, Kriston Capps writes: “The National Gallery of Art displays approximately 2.4 percent of its art collection, according to Deborah Ziska, the museum’s press chief. About one-third of the National Gallery’s more than 7,000 paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects can be seen on a visit to the museum. But the museum’s collection also includes nearly 120,000 works on paper, photographs, and other media—and only half of 1 percent of those are hanging in the museum.”
Georgetown’s Plan to Please Georgetown: After more than two years of acrimony, it looks like Georgetown University has finally struck a deal with its neighbors. It includes one big concession to the neighbors—the university is going to get the kids back on campus: “Georgetown will house 450 more students on campus by fall 2015 by converting the row of university-owned student town houses on 36th Street NW to administrative offices (or some equally silent function). The plan also calls for housing 90 percent of students on campus by 2025 (which is remarkably close to the Office of Planning’s recommendation of 100 percent). The plan also calls on the university to provide housing to graduate students who would otherwise live in the surrounding neighborhood.”
LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by LL columnist Alan Suderman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mendo v. VO is on like Donkey Kong [Post]
- VO could run both for chair and in at-large race [DCist]
- Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown will be making not one, but two court appearances today [Times]
- Kwame said he’d make a comment yesterday, and here it is [CD]
- In praise of Kwame’s education work [Post]
- Vince Gray rejects David Catania’s offer to start talking or resign, calling it “nonsense” [Blade]
- “The fact is, you city pols are not CEOs, music moguls or ballers. You don’t get to live like them. There is nothing sexy about the D.C. Council, so stop trying to make it like that.” [Post]
- Loud-mouthed TV dude relives glory days and opines on Kwame case, which he knows nothing about [David Simon blog, DCist]
- That being said, the feds need to cough up some details today or they’ll prove loudmouth correct [Examiner]
- Tommy Wells says his council colleagues still don’t get it [WUSA9]Councilmembers angry [Examiner]
- D.C. pols, listen to Kojo [NBC4]
- The dark cloud [Post]
- In so many ways, Kwame is no Marion Barry [Post]
- There are other places just as corrupt, Congress [Post]
- Ron Machen is “smarter than” corrupt pols [NBC4]
- DSLBD: DC is open for business [DSLBD]
REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex columnist Lydia DePillis (tips? email@example.com)
- Pro-conning the Georgetown campus plan. [VoxPop]
- And how it at least brings detente in the long-running war. [CityDesk]
- Everybody loves LivingSocial. [Post]
- Why? Here’s what social media millionaires can do to a real estate market. [Zillow]
- Old City Green sees a bigger problem in losing its lease. [PoP]
- Finally, Kelsey Gardens. [DCMud]
- Should a data center get a Metro stop? [WBJ]
- GGW, retail broker. [GGW]
- DDOT turns 10. [TBD]
- Get ready for more Johns Hopkins. [WBJ]
- D.C. architect does much more awesome stuff in China. [Curbed]
- Target the environment for bike safety, not behavior. [NewGeography]
- Public housing residents get Zipcars. [DCist]
- What kind of region is D.C.? [AtlanticCities]
- Everything that’s wrong with the HPRB’s decision on Third Church. [GGW]
- Obama administration steps in to make peace in Eisenhower’s war. [AP]
- Today on the market: Charming cul-de-sac.
ARTS LINKS, by Alex Baca (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Politics & Prose hearts local blogs. [Politics & Prose]
- A speculative Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup, if Virgin Mobile FreeFest happens [GOGBlog]
- A compilation for “patron saint of independent musicians” Jason Noble, featuring a bunch of D.C. bands, drops today. [Bandcamp]
- Kwame Brown, indicted, tweets about go-go. [DeBonis]
FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Where to take dad to eat for Father’s Day [Washingtonian]
- Since when did a Camaro convertible rental become a food blogger perk? [Bitches Who Brunch]
- Fire & Rice food truck now serving Korean bibimbap [Food Truck Fiesta]
- Blind Dog Cafe pop-up at Science Club [Going Out Gurus]
- Pretty pictures of Bar Pilar food [BYT]
- Hey Obama, Mike Isabella really wants to cook for you [The Hill]
- Zuppa Fresca closed in NoMa—but not with out taking a rip at its landlord first [Facebook via PoP]
- Will Busboys & Poets come to Anacostia? [Greater Greater Washington]