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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Tuesday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Top Vince Gray aide Thomas Gore charged with destroying campaign finance records. [Post] He's expected to plead guilty. [WAMUPost ed board: Hopefully this means the investigation into Gray's campaign will be resolved soon. [Post] Chuck Thies: The latest allegations don't directly implicate Gray, and probably won't affect his ability to govern. [NBC Washington] Who is the president of Crispus Attucks Park? [Post] Fire department battalion chief says Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is a bully. [Times]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Monday, City Paper's Needle plunged 8 points. The bad news: School bus fire. The good news: Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg hit a home run to defeat the Orioles. Take a look here.

SIX CITY PAPER STORIES FROM THE LAST 24 HOURS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Is Vince Gray Screwed? And Other Questions: LL analyzes what the arrest of Thomas Gore means for the mayor. "Gray's always denied knowing of or approving any Brown-related shenanigans, and Gore's court records don't prove otherwise. But Gore's close association with Gray sure puts a big dent in the mayor's image, if not his story. Gore is a longtime friend of Gray who handled the campaign's day-to-day finances. It's not clear how close they've been since the election, but a Wilson Building source says Gore was spotted in the mayor's suite as recent as this past winter."

Why I’m Not Anonymous: Say hello to our new Young & Hungry, Jessica Sidman! She introduces herself and explains why she's forgoing the traditional food columnist subterfuge and anonymity: "The purpose of anonymity is to be able to relate the experience of the 'average diner.' But you don't need a professional critic for that anymore. There are thousands of 'average diners' sharing their experiences every day on Yelp. What a good food writer can give you is hopefully something more: storytelling, analysis, context, and news." Welcome, Jess!

Five Books I'd Read: If only Justin Moyer had the time.

Victor Albisu To Open a Taqueria: "After leaving his high-profile post at BLT Steak in March, chef Victor Albisu is finally re-emerging with a new project: an authentic Mexican taqueria in Falls Church. The dressed-down restaurant will be located two doors from a Latino market his mother owns called Plaza Latina on Pimmit Drive (right off Route 7). The 20-30-seat spot, which he's tentatively calling Taco Bamba, is expected to open in about a month."

Artomatic: Some Early Reactions: "The notion of creating a top 10 is a little preposterous, akin to flipping through a survey of art history text and picking out the top 10 artists of all time. That's not what this post is. These are merely a few works for which I urge you to keep an eye out. Artomatic runs through June 23 at 1851 S. Bell Street, Crystal City."

In Case You Missed It: Tourist Season. Darrow Montgomery shoots the tourists. They keep coming back.

ELLA-EH-EH-EH PHOTO OF THE DAY: Couple Under Umbrella by Matt Dunn

LINKDUMP AFTER THE JUMP!

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

  • Thomas Gore, longtime pal to Mayor Vince Gray and the mayor's de facto campaign treasurer, set to plead guilty in federal court today to destroying evidence. The first casualty in l'affaire Sulaimon. [Post]
  • Bruce Johnson says prosecutors have other plea deals lined up [WUSA9]
  • Video of Tom Sherwood knocking on Gore's front door [NBC4]
  • "Let's get it done," says Mary Cheh [Times]
  • Great day for Sulaimon Brown b-roll [Fox5]
  • "District residents are right to wonder why Mr. Gray — if he has nothing to hide, as he contends — isn’t expressing shock or disappointment or anger" [Post]
  • A couple of bad news cycles? [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry gets treated for blood clot in Vegas, is enlightened about Filipino medical workers [NBC4]
  • Council gets another year to comply with highly touted ethics disclosure rules [Examiner]
  • Friction at Crispus Attucks Park [Post]
  • Battalion chief accuses Chief Ken Ellerbe of retaliation [Times]

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

  • Now why does a 16th Street office building need to be two stories shorter? [GGW]
  • Bloomingdalians deal with crazy racist who thinks he owns their park. [Post]
  • Come on, Claire McCaskill, pay your taxes. [DCist]
  • Condo associations going solar. [GreenDCDaily]
  • Regional airport economics. [2030group]
  • Complicating density. [CityBlock]
  • West heating plant auction taking longer. [Patch]
  • D.C. transportation in global perspective. [WAMU]
  • Big office blocks coming to National Harbor, viewed from the air. [CityBiz]
  • Today on the market: Used book store.

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

  • National Museum of Natural History developing a human-genome exhibit [AP/Huffington Post]
  • Adams Morgan's Fiddler on the Roof already is already planning a summer concert series [DCist]
  • Nicole Kidman to play a part in the forthcoming movie The Butler based on Wil Haygood's 2008 Washington Post story [Post]
  • Michael Kaiser, what ailing arts organization are you referring to in your latest column? [Huffington Post]
  • An update on John Waters' hitchhiking trip around the country [DCist]
  • D.C. area residents want a holiday and a museum for Chuck Brown [DCist]
  • Doug Aitken's "Song 1" brought people together [New York Times]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman

  • One night Sri Lankan pop-up dinner at the Montserrat House [PoP]
  • Pork Barrel BBQ hosts pop-up lunch at Living Social's 918 F Street this week [Living Social]
  • The 25 best vegetarian dishes in the DC area [Washingtonian]
  • What cuts of meat to grill from which Virginia butchers [Northern Virginia Magazine]
  • Full run down of the Fojol Brothers' turban-gate controversy [Eater]
  • Food porn from The Pig in Logan Circle [Huffington Post]
  • Richest Man in the World Carlos Slim spotted at The Palm [Reliable Source]
  • Jackie Greenbaum's 11th Street Mexican eatery, El Chucho's, set to open in June [DCist]
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