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District Line Daily: Chuck Goes Home, Kwame Gets Mad

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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Friday, and it's June, and our daughter informs us that there are only 10 more days of school. She also informs us that the teacher says it's not nice when kids ignore other kids on the playground. Let her wisdom guide your day.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Full coverage of the Chuck Brown homegoing. Featuring lots of Fis(c)her bylines! The Post's Marc Fisher sees the historical significance: "here was a lot of talk about 'old D.C.,' a city that was slipping away, a black Washington whose heroes and habits were being swept away by a wave of change." WCP intern Julia Fisher looks at the pols pandering to said vibe. And WCP arts editor Jonathan L. Fischer liveblogged. Here's some video via NBC4 and Matt Dunn's WCP slideshow. Elsewhere: D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown strongly dislikes Loose Lips post, gets the Post to write about it....Dwight Eisenhower's family still dislikes the plans for Frank Gehry's Ike memorial, but the National Capital Planning Commission is stiffing them as well as Rep. Darrell Issa, reports the Examiner. Watch out, Rock Creek Deer! WAMU says the park service plans a cull. For that matter, watch out nighttime park users: The story explains that the cull will involve "sharpshooters" working at night this fall and winter... And! Zombies: They're not just for Florida anymore, reports the Washington Times–it seems a Maryland man has copped to brain eating, too.

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: Yesterday, City Paper's Needle rose seven points. Highlight: Chuck Brown's awesome sendoff.

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

All About Chuck: Julia Fisher's report from the go-go pioneer's funeral finds D.C. pols engaging in some tributary one-upmanship: Eleanor Holmes Norton touts making August 22 "Chuck Brown Day," then Vince Gray calls for a park in his honor, and then Kwame Brown proposes a go-go hall of fame there. Jonanthan L. Fischer's liveblog of the go-go pioneer's funeral catches some slightly more divisive language in a day that was heavy with references to the difference between the old and new cities.  "For all the people that just moved to the District of Columbia that have a problem with go-go music, get over it," Brown said, using a phrase weighted with historic D.C. political significance. Fischer, for his part, expresses doubts about the premise: "I want names," he says of the alleged newbie go-go haters.

More Family Credit Card Troubles: Alan Suderman reports that Kwame Brown's wife is being sued for allegedly not paying more than $15,000 in credit card debt. Brown's staff won't comment, saying family should be off-limits. Suderman writes that he'd ordinarily agree, except that when the Kwame Brown was battling reports of his own multiple credit-card debt lawsuits, he made it clear that the spending was a family issue, repeatedly using the first-person plural in promising financially responsible change. Brown declined comment for the LL post, but later issued a statement that led to an actual story in the Washington Post. The Post story, for the record, doesn't link to the LL item that angered Brown (though it does link to an earlier LL item reporting that the chairman's personal credit-card issues had been resolved).

The Art of the Slurp: Young & Hungry columnist Jessica Sidman, fresh off her column about upscale ramen's burgeoning local popularity, gets Toki Underground toque Erik Bruner-Yang to demonstrate proper soup-slurping technique on video. Check out "The Godzilla" and "The Seven-Sided Strike."

Faneuil Hall, the Ferry Building...St. Elizabeth's? Housing Complex writer Lydia DePillis ponders the prospects of the new restaurant pavilion city officials want to build at the reinvented hospital campus. Upside: "A critical mass of eateries could attract people from nearby and across the city, with a Green Line Metro station within walking distance. And the District is prepared to offer them the space for little to no rent, taking much of the risk out of the equation." Risk: "This whiz-bang structure could absorb what little amount of energy exists for restaurants to enter Ward 8, leaving neighborhood commercial corridors still dormant."

An old murder on Georgetown's canal! (And not the one you're thinking of): The first in a series of cross-posts with the Ghosts of D.C. blog revisits a deadly 1886 fight between boatmen that took place close by the site of today's Papermill condos. Tom Cochran likens the rumble to a Sylvester Stallone movie.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Chuck Brown's Memorial Service by Darrow Montgomery.

LINKDUMP BELOW!

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

  • Vince Gray says he has his own ethics legislation similar to the ballot intitative aimed at banning corporate donations that "he was going to put forward May 15. That day has come and gone without any proposal." [GGW]
  • City to defend First Source hiring law that contractors say is bunk [Times]
  • Restaurant pavilion at St Es, will it work? [HC]
  • Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown picks an odd time to do a Marion Barry impersonation: “For all of the people who just moved to Washington, D.C., and have a problem with go-go music, get over it.” [Post]
  • Is Phil Mendelson going to be mayor? [Washingtonian]
  • Anti-Walmart protestors say city officials are being bribed [WJLA]
  • Chuck Thies goes there [DCPorcupine]
  • City officials trying to outdo each other on Chuck Brown memorials [Examiner]
  • Cathy Lanier says "file burns" are routine [AP]

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

  • Do you really need an app to help you wander aimlessly? [AtlanticCities]
  • Should bars be part of LEED? [Switchboard]
  • Historic Preservation Review Board rejects solar panels. [GGW]
  • Georgetown will get its DMV back. [Patch]
  • Have fun in NoVa, Amazon. [WBJ]
  • Will Donald Trump take care of the Old Post Office? [WBJ]
  • What we don't know about the tech sector. [DCFPI]
  • And what is a tech company, anyway? [Slate]
  • The Ellington mural will return. [DCist]
  • The Mall needs a master plan. [WBJ]
  • Kwame doesn't think St. Elizabeths needs all that money. [WBJ]
  • Nothing to fear from mini-houses. [GGW]
  • Feds saving real money on real estate. [CityBiz]
  • Filming almost officially okayed near Capitol. [DCist]
  • Could that open the door to more of it elsewhere? [RPUS]
  • Empowerhouse in the flesh. [Urbanturf]
  • Marriott gobbles up Gaylord. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Paper Mill Court.

ARTS LINKS, by arts editor Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Washington Post Style section-style Chuck Brown, memorialized [Instagram]
  • The requisite "How I got to know Chuck Brown" column (but from Eva Cassidy's drummer!) [Post]
  • Superior Court being very serious about Emily Miller's illicit courtroom photo for the Washington Times. [DC Porcupine]
  • MSN Real Estate declares U Street NW good for the childless [DCist]

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

  • Ruminations on the burger [Washingtonian]
  • Tapas restaurant Pulpo soft-opens in Cleveland Park [Eater]
  • Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively spotted at Graffiato [Reliable Source]
  • Mudbugz Creole Eatery takes over former Marrakech Lounge space in Adams Morgan [PoP]
  • No, not Jesus this time. That's the Washington Monument in your ramen soup [Post]
  • New York City wants to ban large-size sugar drinks [NYT]
  • Inn at Little Washington chef/owner Patrick O'Connell says the chinoise is his most-used kitchen tool [WSJ]
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