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District Line Daily: Earthquake, a Year Later

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One year ago today, Washingtonians learned what an earthquake felt like. And today you can learn what picking up a free City Paper feels like, so get on that. In this week's cover story, architect Bing Thom is out to remake Southwest.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Earthquake repairs still beginning. [Examiner]
  • Tax and Revenue officials could change property assessments without leaving a record. [Post]
  • National Cathedral gets $5 million donation for earthquake repairs. [Post]
  • West Nile virus appears in D.C. [Times]

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

Photo of the Day: Man With a Suitcase.

Long, Strange Trip: The match-up between incumbent at-large Councilmember Michael Brown, "confused deadhead" David Grosso, and a host of other candidates could be the only race worth watching in November.

Squeakeasy: Can Todd Trasher's rock 'n' roll-themed TNT bar survive in the 'burbs?

Immonation: Washington's Burning Man contingent is bringing a very D.C. contribution to the gathering this year: a replica of the Washington monument that they'll burn to the ground.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips editor Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • Mayor Gray not going RNC convention as promised because the DNC is being less helpful than he imagined on statehood issues. [Post]
  • Gray's big smart taxi meter unveiling upstaged by contracting dispute and Marion Barry. [Times, NBC4]
  • OCF audit finds that some supervisors could change tax assessments without a trace. [Post]
  • Washington Informer protests contract ruling. [Informer]

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Washington National Cathedral, still damaged from last year's earthquake, receives a $5 million gift for repairs. [Post]
  • Barbara Kruger discusses "Belief+Doubt," her installation at the Hirshhorn. [Express]
  • D.C. Conspiracy cartoonist Rafer Roberts has an art exhibition in Rockville. [Gazette]
  • Jody Rosen: Pitchfork readers are closed-minded and conservative. [Pitchfork]
  • Bob Mould has a Walden moment. [YouTube]

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

  • Tom Sietsema suggests Fiola, Bourbon SteakPalena, Central, and Masala Art to celebrate a first full wax job. [Post]
  • Quinoa: the movie [HuffPost]
  • A cupcake gathering for "people to share and eat cupcakes in an open environment" [ARLnow]
  • Slate Wine Bar opens in Glover Park this weekend. [Zagat]
  • Hitching Post soft-opens after renovations. [PoP]
  • Cookbooks coming this fall [Eater]
  • Universities launch food trucks to rival campus dining plan competition. [WSJ]
  • Dealing with food waste [NPR]
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