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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Wednesday, and Mitt Romney has clinched enough delegates to become the GOP nominee for president—thanks in part to the ones he won here in the District. We wouldn’t bet on him supporting statehood if he beats Barack Obama, though.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Goodbye, Godfather. [WAMU, Post, WTOP, Informer] Prince George’s County could set up gun offender registry. [Post] Public school sports champs will battle charter school sports champs for true D.C. bragging rights. [Examiner] District budget autonomy is closer than ever (we feel like we’ve heard that one before, though). [WAMU] U.S. plays Brazil at FedEx Field tonight. [El Tiempo Latino] Metro mechanic hit by train. [Washington Times]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: Yesterday, City Paper‘s Needle fell one point. The bad news: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants police drones overhead just over the Potomac River from here. The good news: SmarTrip cards are getting cheaper. Take a look here.


D.C. Improv Owner Is Missing: Mark Anderson, who owns the Improv comedy clubs here and in Tempe, Ariz., hasn’t been seen since May 15, when he was visiting an old friend in San Diego. Anderson, 60, is believed by family to be suffering from a severe episode of paranoia, Ally Schweitzer reports; he’s been under stress lately, as the Tempe club is closing, and he apparently thinks people are out to get him. If you can help locate Anderson, email helpmarkwanderson@gmail.com.

Let’s Speculate!: The Post says Jack Evans, Tommy Wells, and Muriel Bowser are running for mayor, and Cathy Lanier, Ron Machen, and his deputy Vincent H. Cohen Jr. might also be in the game. LL, tongue firmly in cheek, wonders who else is into the job. Tony Williams? Marion Barry? Peter Nickles?

Meet the New Boss at Department of Human Services: Lydia DePillis speaks with David Berns, who’s in charge of helping D.C.’s homeless residents get off the streets (and a whole slew of other responsibilities involving services for some of the city’s neediest people). Things look bleak: “Our housing situation is horrible, certainly worse than any jurisdictions where I have personally worked. The cost of housing is so much, and a [federal Temporary Aid to Needy Families] grant covers a week’s rent rather than a month’s rent.”

Logan Circle Restaurant Serving Pig’s Blood Ice Cream Sundaes: And Jessica Sidman tries one at The Pig. “whatever it tastes like is pretty well masked behind the heavy chocolate and touch of Grand Marnier. The consistency is more like a dense mousse than ice cream. It’s so rich and so sweet that I can only stomach a few bites before surrendering my spoon. My sweet-toothed dining companion manages a few more, but together we can only finish half of it.”

PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Fans mourn Chuck Brown at the Howard Theatre, by Darrow Montgomery.


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

  • Vince Gray and Eleanor Holmes Norton upbeat on budget autonomy push [Times]
  • Kenyan McDuffie to be sworn in this afternoon [AP]
  • Q & A with Department of Human Services Director David Berns, the guy tasked with reforming TANF [HC]
  • Fish in the Neighborhood [Post]
  • This may be the dumbest column LL’s ever read [Times]
  • What really happened at Eatonville between Gray and Sulaimon Brown is key [Post]
  • CFO’ s fiscal impact statement says taxi surcharge won’t raise enough for taxi overhaul [Examiner]
  • Gray to announce new public/charter school athletic championships today [Examiner]
  • Unemployment bennies to end for some residents [Post]

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

  • Connecticut Avenue to get lit up. [Borderstan]
  • The longest going-out-of-business store in Georgetown lives again downtown. [WBJ]
  • The case for Hine. [GGW]
  • Prisons from above. [AtlanticCities]
  • Why D.C.’s wealth isn’t a sign of federal decadence. [Slate]
  • Better taxis ain’t free. [Examiner]
  • New project for important ballpark block. [JDLand]
  • Today on the market: Cook’s kitchen.

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

  • Oddisee in Spin! [Spin]
  • Beertown returns. [Post]
  • AOL cofounder Jim Kimsey moonlights as a country singer. [Washingtonian]
  • The D.C. Arts Commission wants artists to design public art for Connecticut Avenue NW. [Borderstan]

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

  • Vintage board games and cocktails named after them at Board Room, coming to Dupont this summer [Washingtonian]
  • Cal Ripken Jr. is now in the burger biz. Guess he was tired of stadium hot dogs? [Washington Post]
  • DC Noodles closing for a year during construction of new 14th Street development [Borderstan]
  • Korean food pop-up at The Blaguard Irish Pub in Adams Morgan [Huffington Post]
  • Aroi Thai Sushi Bar coming to Bloomingdale [PoP]
  • Anthony Bourdain leaves Travel Channel for new show on CNN. Anderson Cooper cameos, please. [CNN]
  • Captain Cookie and the Milk Man food truck hits the road [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Months after a murder at its steps, Heritage India closes with plans to relocate [Eater]