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It's Friday, but not a happy one, given the movie-theater shooting in Colorado. Both the Post and Reuters have liveblogs about the attack.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • If you're an architect, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has given you your weekend assignment: Make better buildings. At yesterday's House hearing on the Height Act, Norton bashed the the District's downtown architecture, calling it "pedestrian." [Examiner]
  • Scorching weather is here to stay. [WTOP]
  • Pepco criticized for cutting trees in MoCo. Cut trees, don't cut trees—these guys can't win. [Post]

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

Photo of the Day: Man With Trombone.

Working Hard or Hardly Working: In response to a Thursday Post poll saying that a majority of residents want Gray to resign, Gray says he's working hard. And in related scandal news, Del. Norton is keeping her Jeff Thompson money.

Beer Bout: Three beer experts from local restaurants faced off, blindfolded, to see whether they could tell their Allagash White from their Budweiser. City Paper has video of the challenge.

So Much Theater: Exhaustive Fringe blogging continues, with reviews of plays about college and abortion. The abortion play, Mitzi's Abortion, is a bruising look at the difficulties and realities of getting the procedure, writes Alex Baca.

LINKDUMP BELOW!

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

  • Adrian Fenty would win a rematch in a landslide. Jack Evans has early lead in mayoral contest. [Post]
  • Jeff Thompson should have just started a super PAC. [Post]
  • What's the point in being a mayor who won't say anything. [Post]
  • Darrell Issa really is the District's best friend. [Post]
  • Board of trade's Jim Dinegar: Let the chips fall where they may. [NBC4]
  • The old distract and deflect defense [Examiner]
  • EHN calls out D.C.'s architects. [Examiner]
  • Height limit discussed. [Post]
  • Gray's lawyer: Don't rush to judgement. [Times]

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

  • Hear a new track from The Doozies, "1997." (We One Track Minded them in January). [Prefix]
  • Hear an all-vinyl-everything mix from Protect-U. [Spinner]
  • Albert Einstein memorial, yarn-bombed, then unbombed [DCist]
  • Much-groaned-about Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has alternative proposals. [DCist, again]
  • An activist-created vegetable garden in Park View gets the warm-and-fuzzy video treatment. [Style Blog]

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

  • Hey, Mr. Mixologist, did you have to go to college for this? [YouTube via Zagat]
  • What Farmers, Fishers & Bakers will look like [WBJ]
  • Steal one of Bar Pilar's mugs, and they will chase you down [Eater]
  • Vote for your favorite food truck in the first annual Trucky Awards [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Secret Lounge and Sports Bar coming to Shaw [PoP]
  • Ceviche or Seviche? [Post]
  • Mitt Romney loves Jimmy John's [NPR]
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