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Former at-large councilmember Michael Brown told supporters yesterday that he'll plead guilty after being caught in a federal bribery sting. The news, first reported by Channel 9's Bruce Johnson, gets worse today on Loose Lips: Sources tell Washington City Paper that Brown has provided law enforcement officials with information about the ongoing federal probe into Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign—and that Brown took illegal campaign contributions from alleged mayoral shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Frager's picks up the pieces. [City Desk]
  • Marion Barry accepted more than $6,000 in gifts from city contractors. [Loose Lips]
  • Man who ran teen prostitution ring to be sentenced in Alexandria today. [Post
  • Fairfax County wants $41 million in Virginia funds to help pay for its share of the Silver Line. [Examiner]

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

Leather Heaven: Iconic gay bar The D.C. Eagle won't be able to stay in its Mount Vernon Square home much longer, but it isn't going away: Someone has to carry forward the traditions of leather daddies, assless chaps, biker clubs, and good vibes.

Grey Cat: The Black Cat turns 20 this year, and the 14th Street NW rock club is celebrating with reunions of a bunch of D.C. bands you loved in the '80s and '90s.

Lane Violation: City Paper Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener was doored yesterday while biking home from work. He's OK! But after many hours in the emergency room, he reflects on what bikers—and D.C.—can and can't do about such collisions.

RFK, A-OK: Decay notwithstanding, Robert F. Kennedy Stadium is a treasure—especially if you love soccer.

Ruby Can't Fail: Meet Ruby Corado, one of D.C.'s most persistent, influential transgender activists.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Ex-Councilmember Michael Brown tells supporters he'll plead guilty to federal bribery charges. [NBC 4PostWUSA9 LLExaminerWAMU]
  • D.C. Council and mayor clash over licenses for undocumented immigrants. [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry takes $6,800 in gifts from city contractors. [Post]
  • Crime up in D.C. elementary schools. [Examiner]

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

  • Pretty amazing 1970s Metro promo video. [InTheCapital]
  • Another apartment building's coming to NoMa. [UrbanTurf]
  • And plans are finalized for a big building to the north in Eckington. [bloomingdale]
  • Old Post Office lease is lucrative for the feds. [WBJ]
  • Are a good National Mall and good buildings alongside it mutually exclusive? [BeyondDC]
  • A recap of last night's contentious McMillan meeting. [Chirpstory]
  • The logic behind Tommy Wells' RPP bill. [GGW]
  • Mapping America's libraries and museums. D.C.'s predictably dense. [Atlantic Cities]
  • RGIII's like you and me: forced out of home because owner wanted to sell. [HuffPost DC]
  • Today on the market: Mass. Ave. condo

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

  • The Smithsonian opens up a discussion about black women's hair and identity. [Post]
  • Audition for a prisoner-written play this weekend. [DCist]
  • Chaka Khan cancels her Capital Jazz Fest appearance. [Post]
  • Nine Inch Nails announces a new song and a D.C. tour date. [Post]

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

  • Where to get free (or almost free) doughnuts today [Post]
  • Father's Day gifts for the foodie dad [Washingtonian]
  • Del Frisco's Grille eyeing the D.C. suburbs for its next location. [Eater]
  • D.C.'s top five cheap eats [Urban Turf]
  • Five things to get at brunch at Kangaroo Boxing Club [Girl Meets Food]
  • Game of Thrones finale watching snacks [BYT]

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