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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Wednesday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Now that Thomas Gore has pleaded guilty, what’s next for Mayor Vince Gray? [WAMU] And more on Gore’s plea. [Post] So did all those shovel-ready projects that received federal stimulus money ever get completed? [NBC4] Foreign students brought in to the area to work summer jobs—but what about local kids? [Post] 96 percent of D.C. residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. [Examiner]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Tuesday, City Paper‘s Needle stayed flat. The bad news: Strange fire at fire department training academy. The good news: To catch Gary Giordano. Take a look here.


Four Points From Thomas Gore’s Guilty Plea: LL’s #3: “Court records indicate that Gore did not act alone in hatching the woefully stupid plan to fund Brown to keep him in the race. Court records say Gore acted in concert with “other members” of the Gray campaign. Who are the others, and do they also have a date with federal prosecutors looming?”

Is the District Setting Personnel Records on Fire?: So why, exactly, did firefighters respond to a call last Friday that included some of their own personnel records on fire in dumpsters?

Uber As Proxy For D.C.’s Nouveau Riche: LDP takes issue with a recent Time article that explores the world of the young, rich and childless in D.C. “The trend of increasing wealth in the Washington area is true enough, but the activity he notices downtown is more than that. It’s also the result of a gradual move to cities, D.C. in particular, as they’ve become more attractive places to live. Those young folks wouldn’t necessarily be having as much fun as they are without the city investment and planning that helped bring neighborhoods back from ruin.”

Hilton Brothers Pull Out of H Street: They’ve got too much on their plates, apparently, reports Jessica Sidman. “So what are those other projects they’ll be focusing on, all near U Street? The Hiltons plan to open a diner/burger joint called Satellite Kitchen in late June or early July and British pub The Brixton before July 4. Next up will be El Rey Taqueria and an unnamed space next to the Montserrat House.”

Tryst Moves Into Phillips Collection: Kriston Capps just has one question. “Are they serving those little animal crackers to Phillips visitors who order coffee? I’d count that as a win.”

Can D.C. Really Pay For Massive Sewer Upgrades?: Brookings says no, D.C. Water says yes.

BUCKLE UP PHOTO OF THE DAY: Thomas Gore Pleads Guilty by Darrow Montgomery


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

  • Thomas Gore pleads guilty, Sulaimon Brown partially vindicated, Vince Gray stays silent [Post, Times]
  • Harry Jaffe‘s sources says Gray pal Vernon Hawkins, Jeff Thompson associate Jeanne Harris and campaign driver Mark Long have all been talking to the feds [Washingtonian]
  • Fred Cooke Jr. says more charges coming [NBC4]
  • Don’t re-up on CFO Nat Gandhi, say Gandhi critics [Post]
  • More school vouchers please [Post]
  • Reboot education reform with tax incentives [Examiner]

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

  • Okay, just two days of your life wasted in traffic, awesome. [Post]
  • Washingtonians have pretty good access to parks. [Examiner]
  • More taxes for better transit in MoCo. [Post]
  • Novel short-car parking solution. [PoP]
  • Union Market has 11 restaurants signed up. [DCmud]
  • The U Streetification of Florida Avenue. [L4L]
  • Did ABC Board overstep its bounds in Hank’s case? [BLT]
  • Honestly, why is it so hard to install good bike racks? [GGW]
  • Developers lop a floor off office building across from a Metro stop. [EMMCA]
  • Today on the market: Building in an office forest.

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

  • Jeff Chang on the legacy of Chuck Brown [Grantland]
  • Spin interviews Fat Trel [Spin]
  • Robyn will DJ not one, but two sets at U Street Music Hall July 8 [Post]
  • BuzzFeed will open a D.C. bureau. LOLcats for everyone! [FishbowlDC]
  • A chat with 826DC director Joe Callahan [Huffington Post D.C.]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman

  • Study says buying organic food may make you a jerk [Time]
  • Online petition opposing a liquor license moratorium for the 14th St. corridor has more than 650 signatures so far [Borderstan]
  • Tax troubles for Sushiko [Washington Post]
  • Craft cocktail bar and restaurant Quench now officially open in Rockville [Eater]
  • Food porn from Mike Isabella‘s Bandolero, opening Thursday [Washingtonian]
  • Former Ben & Jerry’s in Dupont rumored to become Jamba Juice [PoP]
  • What the heck is meat glue anyway? [Eatocracy]