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District Line Daily: Crack Cocaine and Coconut Vodka in Pedestrian Death

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A 49-year-old woman is facing seven years in prison after pleading guilty to inadvertently killing a woman with her car, all while under the influence of crack cocaine and coconut vodka.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Fifteen-foot sinkhole closes downtown streets. [City Desk]
  • Food-stealing controversy brings new attention to Virginia governor's mansion. [WTOP]
  • If D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson gets his way, consumer gas tax will be replaced with wholesale tax. [NBC 4]
  • Memorial Day track work for orange and red lines. [WJLA]
  • Mayor Vince Gray will seek a second term, columnist Harry Jaffe predicts. [Examiner]
  • Chandra Levy trial witness lied, defense attorneys say. [Times]

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

Photo of the Day: Take Me Away.

Changing Neighborhood: The 9:30 Club could soon have a movie-theater neighbor.

Doughnut Air: Dupont Circle's Zeke's DC Donutz is closed temporarily after complaints from residents above the doughnut shop that their apartments smelled like doughnuts.

Moving East: 14th Street art gallery Curator's Office is leaving the neighborhood for parts unknown, in another example of the 14th Street arts scene leaving the area.

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Developers get sweet deals, fail to make good on promises. [WAMU]
  • Mapping the city's biggest development subsidies. [DCist]
  • Dan Tangherlini to lose the "acting" in his GSA administrator title. [Post]
  • Congress will grill the GSA some more today on federal property. [House.gov]
  • Debunking the notion that Hill East is a "weak market." [Flahaven6B]
  • Photos of the progress on the Anacostia Playhouse [Congress Heights on the Rise]
  • A few more details on the planned Harris Teeter building at Georgia and Eastern. [UrbanTurf]
  • The frustrations of Capital Bikeshare. [Post]
  • But that's just because people are thinking about it wrong. [GGW]
  • No surprise: Overeducated D.C. is more student loan-indebted than any state. [Gawker]
  • Today on the market: Low-cost Waterfront studio

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

  • Kennedy Center awards Carol Burnett the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. [Kennedy Center]
  • How does the Kennedy Center choose its Mark Twain Prize recipients? [Post]
  • ArtPlace America gives the Gateway Arts District a $240,000 grant. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Montgomery County launches a crowdfunding mechanism for MoCo nonprofits. [Arts and Humanities Council]
  • Newseum plans a Civil Rights exhibit. [Washington Business Journal]
  • An Arlington-based, women-only book club reaches 50 years. [Post]
  • Maryland Deathfest: a survival guide [D.C. Heavy Metal]
  • This summer, active-duty military personnel and their families get free admission to museums. [Post]
  • Curator's Office is leaving its home at 1515 14th St. NW. [Arts Desk]
  • A biography of Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herblock will get its local premiere at this year's AFI Docs. [Arts Desk]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A guide to picnic prep [Washingtonian]
  • Five summer pitcher cocktail recipes [Drink DC]
  • Poste Moderne Brasserie pastry chef heads to 1789 Restaurant. [Eater]
  • Sixteen must-try cocktail bars across the U.S. [Zagat]
  • Sweet Leaf Cafe opens in Courthouse. [ARLnow]
  • Todd English is involved in mod-Mex restaurant MXDC. [Post]
  • Zoofari recap [BYT]

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