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Happy Friday, readers. In Redskins news, new quarterback Robert Griffin III started training camp with "HTTR" written on his cleats—Hail to the Redskins.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. test scores up in math and science, but not in reading. [Examiner]
  • Popularity of The Hunger Games is attracting young girls to archery. [Post]
  • Security for Mayor Vince Gray costs around $1 million a year. [Examiner]

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

Photo of the Day: A Place to Bury Strangers.

Breakfast Breakdown: Remember Back Alley Waffles, the $8 waffle shop that blamed its demise on Groupon? Turns out the restaurant didn't even have a license to serve food. The owner says he was making a good faith effort to get the permits, but that kind of excuse doesn't work with the Department of Health, which sent him a cease-and-desist notice.

Definition of Is: Embattled Mayor Vince Gray is pulling some moves from the Bill Clinton playbook. He shares a lawyer with the president, and both men tried to keep a regular schedule during their scandals.

Gallery Move: The Corcoran Gallery, which is considering moving, will hold two community meetings next month to talk about the gallery's future.

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

  • Gray cheers rising school test scores. [Times]
  • Salaries for Gray's MPD detail total about $1 million per year. [Examiner]
  • Gray breaks ground on health center, is not bothered by reporters. [NBC4]
  • Jonetta: "Earth to Gray" [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry, polarizer [Post]
  • Ed board: down with video inmate conferencing, up with plexiglass [Post]
  • Tommy Wells: Are the speed camera fines too damn high? [Post]
  • Planned economic development spending by ward [Post]

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

  • Sasha Lord, Girl Scout wonder [Pink Line]
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science chief curator and vice president of research and collections Kirk Johnson tapped to head the National Museum of Natural History. [Washington Post]
  • Mike Daisey, liar, is still magnetic in his reprisal of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. [New York Times' Arts Beat]
  • Fort Dupont's summer concert series is D.C.'s "biggest, best-kept secret." [Post]

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

  • Fine dining for dogs (including the pooch patio menu at Art and Soul) [WSJ]
  • Restaurants to watch the Olympic games [Zagat]
  • Izakaya Seki opening on Sunday. [Thrillist]
  • One year later, Rogue 24 has ditched the dining contract and lightened up on the no-photo policy. [Eater]
  • Tutti Frutti fro-yo shop coming to Pentagon City. [ARLnow]
  • Seedless watermelons are just as flavorful as those with seeds. [NPR]
  • Dining at Green Pig Bistro is like a scene out of Portlandia. [NoVa Mag]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dines at i Ricchi [Reliable Source]
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