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It's Thursday, which means it's time to head to your local newsbox and score a paper copy of City Paper. This week's cover: TV series set in D.C. are bad, but not for the reasons Washingtonians would like to think.


  • Walmart slow to open stores in D.C. [Examiner]
  • Air traffic controller errors at Reagan National nearly send three planes into a midair collision. [Post]
  • More transportation woes: Green Line car's doors open over open tracks. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: White Dog.

See No Evil: Did all of those campaign workers on the legit side of Vince Gray's mayoral campaign really not notice the shadow campaign? That's what the workers are saying.

Punk-Turned-Sound Consultant: Geoff Turner helps restaurants fight noise, but he used to be all about loud bangs and crashes in punk band Gray Matter.

Fringe Back to the Fringes: The Capital Fringe Festival, which finished its annual year last week, is all grown up, writes Chris Klimek, even as it looks to a future outside its grown-up neighborhood.


LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by LL columnist Alan Suderman (tips?

  • Poll: Residents have opinions about taxis. [Post]
  • DCPS fires 98 teachers over poor performance. [Post]
  • DC welfare overhaul [Examiner]
  • Ward 5 residents grill Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. [Informer]
  • Where is Walmart? [Examiner]
  • Yvette Alexander dismissive of Republican challenger. [Informer]
  • Utah senator will fail in attempt to limit late-term abortions in D.C. [Times]

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips?

  • Tyler Green fears for the museum part of the Corcoran's mission. [Modern Art Notes]
  • Michael Dirda on Gore Vidal: "the worldly Mr. Vidal provoked controversy with his laissez-faire attitude toward every sort of sexuality, his well-reasoned disgust with what he called American imperialism and his sophisticated cynicism about love, religion, patriotism and other sacred cows." [Post]
  • Christopher Buckley on Gore Vidal: "The evidence suggests Vidal never deserted his demons and took them with him to the grave." [TNR]
  • Two amazing corrections to the New York Times' Vidal obit [NYT]
  • On No Rules Theatre Company's move to Signature Theatre [Post]
  • On the joys of the Black Cat's annual Run for Cover benefit [Express]
  • Pussy Riot gives Philippa Hughes a change of heart. [Pink Line]
  • A dramaturg monologues, Mike Daisey-style. [Woolly Mammoth blog]
  • Get spaaaaced to this mix by the dudes D.C. electronic label Future Times. [Juno Download]
  • A rave for Kane Mayfield's Thievery Corporation-mining mixtape [Stereogum]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • Where to eat fried chicken [Washingtonian]
  • Yelpers rate Crios before it even opens. [Eater]
  • Armand's Pizzeria files for bankruptcy. [WBJ]
  • Julia Child mash-up with "Sweet Child O' Mine" [NPR]
  • East Indian Restaurant coming to Tony's Place flower shop space at 20th and I streets NW. [PoP]
  • Six must-try summer desserts [Zagat]
  • Z-Burger coming to Virginia Square in Arlington. [ARLnow]
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