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District Line Daily: Holiday Over, Mourning Chuck

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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Tuesday, and Chuck Brown is lying in state at the Howard Theatre.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Tourists incoming. [WAMU] Jack Evans, Tommy Wells, and Muriel Bowser are all doing things that could be construed as prepping for a mayoral run, but none of them really want to say so publicly. [Post] New Metro fares take effect July 1. [WTOP] D.C.: Ninth-most-expensive place to live. [NBC Washington] No MASN or MASN2 for North Carolina, which means no Nats or Orioles, either. [Washington Times] Scammers coming out of their winter hibernation. [Examiner]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Friday, City Paper's Needle jumped five points. The bad news: Marion Barry used a derogatory racial term while he was trying to apologize for bashing Asians. The good news: Plenty of fanfare for the Godfather of Go-Go's homecoming. Take a look here.

CITY PAPER STORIES FROM THE LAST 96 HOURS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

70 Tons of Sand for New York Avenue Beach Bar: Y&H reports on how the spot that's likely to be among the most crowded in town this summer got its beachy ambiance—and how they'll keep the sand clean. "It's like cleaning a bathroom," owners say.

Ask Wegmans to Come, On D.C.'s Terms: "Wegmans builds the way it has over the years because nobody's asked it to do anything different. In the suburbs, everybody's just thrilled to get their gourmet cheese bar. The District doesn't have that kind of land to burn, but it's also the most desirable urban market in the country, and it's worth Wegmans' while to make Washington their first experiment with an urban format store."

Silverdocs Slate Includes Films on Bad Brains, Ai Weiwei: That's the good news. The bad news is it also includes a documentary on Mumford & Sons. Check out the lineup here.

A Guide to Outdoor Movies: It's hot, Memorial Day weekend is past us, and that means it's time for sneaking wine onto the Mall to watch Screen on the Green, instead of sneaking wine onto the Mall to watch Song 1. Here's what's playing where and when.

D.C. Politics Realigned?: A new group called Pro DC hopes to mobilize people for things, instead of against 'em. Could that wind up changing the way municipal policy fights play out?

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Barry Scorned: Don't cross Marion Barry.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Memorial Day parade and Rolling Thunder slideshows by Matt Dunn.

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

  • The Post kicks the official start of the next mayoral race (be it in 2014 or sooner) in a Sunday A1 story that says Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells are already "making overt moves" in preparation for the race. (Bowser's overt moves, according to the Post, are attending a Trial Lawyers Association dinner with a bunch of other pols and buying ads in the Current.) The Post also says that "speculation has also emerged about potential wild-card candidates" including Police Chief Cathy Lanier and U.S. Attorney Ron Machen. Speculation has emerged? Yeesh. [Post]
  • Robert McCartney to Vince Gray: start talking or resign [Post]
  • Mary Cheh says city still looking for resolution from l'affaire Sulaimon [Times]
  • "Vernon Hawkins has not been targeted in the ongoing federal investigation." You sure about that Harry Jaffe? [Examiner]
  • Chuck Brown public viewing today at Howard Theatre [WTOP]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras busts Yvette Alexander for driving recklessly while talking on her cell [Examiner]
  • What D.C. can do to keep young families from fleeing to the burbs [Post]
  • Gray backer Don Peebles and the District may wind up going to court after all [WBJ]
  • Marion Barry wishes he'd said "Polish" [Post]
  • Gray plays cornhole [DCist]
  • Some Postie doesn't like Tom Gore's straw hat. [Post]
  • Rep. Trent Franks gets scolded for picking on D.C. [Post]

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

  • The Journal on height limits. [WSJ]
  • The ICC was a great deal for a few people. [Post]
  • Can D.C. hang on to its young folks? [Post]
  • Here's how. [RPUS]
  • A lease dispute could make for a fun trial. [WBJ]
  • Who can afford walkability? [Post]
  • Nikki rides a bike. [CHotR, CHotR]
  • Hine School enters design by committee. [EMMCA]
  • Government Printing Office, historified. [SoW]
  • Keeping 16th Street short. [DCMud]
  • 14,000 apartment units "under consideration" in D.C. [CityBizList]
  • Z Burger gets its fence (mostly). [ParkViewDC]
  • Tax and Revenue's tough love. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Awaiting renovation.

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

  • Gary Sinise to National Mall full of people: RUN FOR YOUR LIVES. [AP/Huffington Post D.C.]
  • After hitchhiking across the country, grabbing rides from Here We Go Magic and a town councilman from Maryland, cult-film director John Waters has arrived in San Francisco. [DCist]
  • A profile of Colin K. Bills, a rising lighting designer in the D.C. theater scene [Post]
  • Lenny Campello files his impressions from Artomatic. [Daily Campello]
  • Actor Jay Frisby, who plays Tom O'Brien in the touring production of South Pacific now showing at Wolf Trap, talks about the unprivate life on tour. [Post]

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

  • What happens when the Mafia buys you a drink [Esquire]
  • Mayor Vince Gray plays cornhole at New York Avenue Beach Bar on opening night [DCist]
  • Don't call Jeff Black's restaurants an empire... but his new restaurant will be called Empire [Washington Post]
  • When too much beer is a problem [The Plate]
  • Former Duchess and The Queen space to become Belgian pub [PoP]
  • Where to do high tea in D.C. [The Hill]
  • Ten cold treats you probably wish you were eating right now [Eater]
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