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Good morning! A former Baylor basketball player has been charged with attempting to extort Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Reston zoo story: still creepy [WUSA 9]
  • More details on the two children and counselor who were shot yesterday [Examiner]
  • The District's new libraries look great. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Billboards Overboard: The District could lose $15 million for not complying with federal billboard regulations. D.C. has been dragging its feet over updating its billboard rules since 1965.

New Campaign Rules: Bundling would be banned under Vince Gray's proposed campaign finance rules, while money orders would be capped at $25. City contractors would have lower maximum donation caps. But if Gray is so committed to the legislation, why did he have Attorney General Irv Nathan roll it out while the mayor's touring China?

Theater Thieves? Did experimental troupe Factory 449 steal the set design from New York play Americana Kamikaze? Take a look at the set designs and judge for yourself.

Sandwich Slingers: Sandwich shop Mother Ruckers is set to open near Gallaudet University this fall. The menu promises 20 "hearty subs."

LINKDUMP BELOW!

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

  • Small world: Jeff Thompson's network includes Marion Barry's former drug supplier. [WAMU]
  • Robert Spagnoletti, Gray's ethical board pick, says he's won't be conflicted, not trying to position himself for 2014 AG race. [Times]
  • Irv Nathan calling out "pay to play" culture. [Post]
  • New education boss Phil Mendelson wastes no time: "DCPS has proved it is insensitive to due process." [Examiner]
  • Barry now on board with streetcar. [Examiner]
  • D.C.'s wayward billboards could cost $10 million. [HC]
  • District wants to control its own school buses. [BLT]

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

  • Another JBG project moving forward. [Urbanturf]
  • Can the District handle its school buses? [BLT]
  • City changes the locks on McMillan. [Post]
  • The mystical, magical Palisades. [PoP]
  • Trailer bank's days are numbered. [SWLQTC]
  • Bus stops need seats. [GGW]
  • Hardware to Woodley Park. [PoP]
  • Is whiteness inevitable for growing cities? [Slate]
  • Kennicott adores new libraries. [Post]
  • Barry lets streetcar proceed before Council could overrule him. [DCist]
  • More honest-to-God retail on H Street NE [FrozenTropics]

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

  • XLR8R loves local record label Future Times. [XLR8R]
  • Berklee College of Music publication Berklee Today talks to Bluebrain about their album/app The National Mall. [Berklee Today]
  • Today's at-work listening: Benoit & Sergio do a summer-themed podcast for Resident Advisor. [Resident Advisor]
  • A deep talk with Frau Eva about their new album, Underneath Eyelids [All Our Noise]

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

  • Proof vets plan to open Italian-influenced American restaurant called The Red Hen in Bloomingdale. [Post]
  • Radius Pizza on vacation until July 2. [PoP]
  • What Andrew Zimmern did in D.C. [Eater]
  • RedRocks Pizzeria coming to Columbia Pike. [ARLnow]
  • Austin Grill Express and brb ("be right burger") no longer coming to Boilermaker Shops development. [JDLand]
  • Phonation food truck is back. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • A guide to navigating the menu at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace [Borderstan]
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  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    Interesting that you said Mother Ruckers will be "near Gallaudet," while your colleague said it would be "in Trinidad." Her assertion was based on tax records, I'm assuming, which call everything south of the Arboretum and east of Gallaudet in Ward 5 "Trinidad."

    But calling it close to Gallaudet is a bit of a stretch, too. It'd be like calling City Paper's office's close to 14th and U - the distance is about the same.

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