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At last, it's Friday! If you make it through today's heat, you've got the whole weekend ahead of you.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Post ed board endorses Robert Spagnoletti for the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. [Post]
  • Oh no, Metro will have to meet standards. [Examiner]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras says Initiative 70 is just a front for wannabe politicians. [Examiner]
  • You know it's hot when Metro says the system's drinking water is fine again. [WJLA]

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

Treasurer No Treasure for Brown: Police searched the home of former Michael Brown campaign treasurer Hakim Sutton Thursday afternoon. Brown released a statement saying an unnamed staffer had been stealing from him, and that he would take over as the campaign's treasurer himself.

'Ello, Guvner!: You can get your Lord Grantham and Lady Edith on at The Brixton, a British pub opening next month that could have U Street's largest rooftop bar. The Brixton's British bona fides check out—they serve a Pimm's cup.

Making Their Marx: DJ's Mark Williams and Toby Gohn reflect on 10 years running Marx Cafe's Soundclash reggae night, including an encounter with an ABC Board detective that left a hole in the wall.

Mendo in Cuffs: Housing Complex looks at new chairman Phil Mendelson's history with real estate, including an '80's civil disobedience arrest while protesting development on Wisconsin Avenue. And Lydia DePillis says goodbye.

LINKDUMP BELOW!

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

  • Mendo the big ol' NIMBY [HC]
  • ICYMI: Michael Brown asks for campaign probe, MPD searches ex-treasurer's home. [LL]
  • Post keen on Robert Spagnoletti for ethics board. [Post]
  • "There is little wrong with the city's panoply of existing campaign finance laws that greater disclosure and muscular enforcement can't cure." [Examiner]
  • Nightclubs near a Walmart? NEVER! [Heartbeat]
  • UMC looking at big cuts, needs more city cash. [WBJ]
  • DeBonis thinks Supreme Court could take up bans on corporate campaign giving. [Post]
  • Young people moving to cities, not suburbs. [DCist]

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

  • You could soon buy stuff at the pool. [DCist]
  • By the numbers, east of the river's a no-brainer. [Urbanturf]
  • Diversifying the fish market [DCist]
  • Could post offices be used better? [RPUS]
  • Occupy returns. [Post]
  • Feds to look closer at transit safety. [Post]
  • Agreed: The Metro ban on drinking water is totally absurd. [DCist]
  • What the Ward 5 streetcar barn kerfuffle is really about? [GGW]

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

  • Businesses in D.C.'s National Park Service-controlled parks? "It can only be about healthy living"! [Examiner]
  • Meshell Ndegeocello dedicated a James Brown song to Sen. John Boehner, and other observations from Bring Back the Funk. [Style Blog]
  • "Vintage showrooms" has got to just be a fancy term for a place that you can buy worn-before duds of the pretty expensive variety, no? [Washingtonian]
  • Jacqueline Trescott, 36-year veteran of the Post's Style section, appears to have retired. [Twitter]

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

  • Chili's wins taste test of chain French fries. [HuffPost]
  • Drink wine at Steve Case's winery, Early Mountain Vineyards. [Post]
  • Art & Soul, Birch & Barley, CityZen, Estadio, Graffiato, and Plume at the Jefferson Hotel make list of America's best wine restaurants [Wine Enthusiast]
  • Rogue 24's RJ Cooper and Inn at Little Washington's Patrick O'Connell cooking 24-course dinner together. [Chef's Best]
  • Lebanese Taverna in Woodley Park gets a revamp. [Tom Sietsema via Twitter]
  • Mike Isabella owns 15 identical gray Graffiato shirts. [Eater]
  • YO! Sushi opening in Union Station set for July 23. [PoP]
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