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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Friday! We are looking forward to many naps this weekend.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: ‘Skins get RGIII [WTOP] Metro fares going up across the board July 1. [Examiner] Marion Barry won’t apologize for comments about Filipino nurses, blames media. [Times] Former Hoyas coach John Thompson Jr. talks about the racist slurs used against the Caps’ Joel Ward. [WAMU] Three attacks near Georgia Ave may be linked. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Thursday, City Paper‘s Needle ticked up three points. The bad news: Metro fare increase. The good news: Sports in D.C. are really great right now. Take a look here.


Marion Barry Blames Tom Sherwood For Recent Problems: “Barry singled out Sherwood as the the media’s most evil trapper. It was Sherwood, after all, who first ran the clip of Barry saying the ‘dirty shops’ line at his victory party on election night. Barry said Sherwood deliberately took a small segment of his 20-minute speech and ‘blew it up to make you all think that I was the biggest bigot in town.’ In response, Sherwood says he’s just the messenger: ‘As good a reporter as I am, Barry’s words speak for themselves.'”

Racism, Twitter, and Joel Ward: What do the racists who went after Caps winger Joel Ward on Twitter have to say the day after? Most have disappeared, but a few remain steadfast!

One More Thought on Lumen8 Anacostia: The Feeling of Losing Control: Lydia DePillis notes that in all the talk about recent art events in Anacostia and What They Mean, current residents are a little worried about losing their voices: “I think we all want change, but we want to be able to control what that change looks like and feels like,” says Charlie Wilson of the Historic Anacostia Block Association. “It felt a little bit like we were losing control of how we want that change to happen.”

Ted Leo on The Tyranny of Distance, Ten(ish) Years Later: Contributor Leor Galil talks to Ted Leo about his plan to play Tyranny in its entirety at the Black Cat tonight and tomorrow. He said the album was like an Irish wake: “Well there’s balance in an Irish wake. An Irish wake is all about that balance, it’s the very raucous and life-affirming affair in the midst of a funeral for the passing of a friend or a loved one, so it’s that same theme. Celebrating life in the face of death. That is the balance.”

Have You Cast Your RAMMY ballot yet?: Well, have you?

Take My Blackberry—Please!: “For years, the devices carried a certain dorky status, at least among the Capitol Hill set; obsessively checking your email at happy hour showed you were important, or at least you thought you were. These days, though, the only thing carrying a BlackBerry tells people is that you haven’t gotten around to upgrading to an iPhone or an Android yet. And now RIM, the Canadian company that makes the no-longer-even-remotely-hip smartphones, is reportedly on the way to bankruptcy. Even here in the Washington area, where (as the Post noted this month) many agencies still cling to the devices, people are ditching their BlackBerries faster than you can ask Siri where to dispose of used electronics.”



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

  • Marion Barry makes for great TV. [NBC4Fox5]
  • Post gets advance copy of Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham‘s CYITC report, which basically rehashes his February hearing. (But the leak did get Graham A1 coverage!) [Post]
  • Metro raising rates. [Examiner]

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

  • This is really quite the house. [Curbed]
  • DDOT needs to do better. [TBD]
  • Why the building next to the Loree Grand is stalled. [WBJ]
  • New renderings of Skyland Walmart, compared to the rest. [BeyondDC]
  • Dunno that I’d put money on RGIII living in D.C. [Urbanturf]
  • “La Chateau de Lumiere” raising hackles in Great Falls. [PostDCbyDesign,HuffPo]
  • Today on the market: Barracks Row belle.

ARTS LINKS, by Alex Baca (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • NoMa Summer Screen, Bryan Weaver, the Mayans, and the end of the world. [DCist]
  • A brief on Robert Williams, the 1970s-era producer behind many of D.C.’s forgotten soul acts [NPR]
  • Dance Place, GALA Hispanic Theatre, and University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. [Style Blog]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry columnist Chris Shott (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Poll: food porn not quite trite [NPR]
  • Who says food snobs are anti-innovation? [Post]
  • Get the truffle-cheese-jalapeño croquettes at J&G Steakhouse‘s patio [BYT]
  • Is Floriana‘s Dino Tapper eyeing the Tackle Box-cum-Bandolero pop-up space? [Cleveland Parker]
  • Watch the sushi get made at Fujimar [NBC Washington]
  • Baltimore does its best Oyamel impression [Sun]
  • What a turbulent first year at Watershed [Eater]
  • Here’s a bunch of brunch options for Mother’s Day [Washingtonian]