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Happy Tuesday, readers. Let's get to the news:

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Smithsonian parking attendants accused of stealing $400,000 in parking fees at the Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles. [Post]
  • Convictions upheld in high-profile 1984 rape and murder of grandmother. [Examiner]
  • Mall reflecting pool work almost finished. [Post]
  • Vince Gray makes it through the summer, so far. [NBC 4]

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

Photo of the Day: Girl With Cat.

Quinoa Whoa: Popular Andean grain quinoa might not seem appropriate for new Columbia Heights barbeque stop Kangaroo Boxing Club, but, when paired with duck egg, it's the most popular item among the restaurant's staff.

Slick Vinny: Vince Gray's using Bill Clinton's lawyer and press strategy, and now comes the news that the mayor's chief of staff met with Monica Lewinsky's crisis-management expert.

CapitalBop Moves: CapitalBop's jazz series Jazz Loft is being held Sunday in Eckington DIY space Hole in Sky. The series moved from Columbia Heights' The Dunes after a dispute.

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

  • Tony Williams takes a crack at the city's tax code. [Times]
  • Serve on Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board, get a contract. [Examiner]
  • Taxi boss Ron Linton: "I don’t think five years from now you’ll find very many people standing out on a street trying to hail a cab" [Post]
  • Jonetta also misses Michelle Rhee. [Examiner]
  • Giant gun billboard coming. [WBJ]

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

  • Capital Girls, the first in a trilogy about rich and connected babes doing Washington-y things in pretend-land Washington, lands on shelves today. Don't all hit Barnes & Noble at once. [Post]
  • Washingtonian speaks with artist Kathryn Cornelius about her plan to marry and divorce seven people at the Corcoran this weekend. "I’m just hoping the piece starts a conversation," she says. [Washingtonian]
  • As part of Barbara Kruger's "Belief + Doubt" exhibit at the Hirshhorn—opening Aug. 20—the artist's loud proclamations are emblazoned in mundane places not normally reserved for art. The words "You want it, you buy it, you forget it" are on display in the museum's gift shop. [Around the Mall]
  • The Smithsonian's excellent credit rating is at risk because of pending federal budget cuts. [Washington Business Journal]
  • A traveling exhibition now showing in Paris includes several D.C. artworks seized on the Serbian-Bulgarian-Romanian border. [Post]

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

  • Competitive eater takes on Michael Phelps' diet. [HuffPost]
  • Washington chefs cook at the James Beard House. [Washingtonian]
  • Secret menu at Queen Vic [Twitter via Eater]
  • Back Alley Waffles employees want their money, damn it! [DCist]
  • Uptown Tap House taking over Ireland's Four Fields space in Cleveland Park. [PoP]
  • D.C.'s most underrated restaurants...or not [Eater]
  • Doner Bistro coming to Adams Morgan is worth getting excited about. [Post]
  • Rancid bear paw—it's what's for dinner [NYT]
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