District Line Daily: The Last Straw?
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Yet another Jeffrey Thompson associate, Pennsylvania contractor Stanley L. Straughter, has been charged by the U.S. Attorney for participating in a straw donation scheme. The development came just hours after Lee A. Calhoun pleaded guilty to making $160,000 in donations on Thompson's behalf yesterday.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- MPD is searching for a suspected serial stabber in Petworth; up to four women have been attacked there since May. [WAMU]
- Four more stabbings were reported during a two-hour window Thursday evening, though police say they are likely unconnected to the Petworth incidents. [WTOP]
- Wegmans might open a location at the former Walter Reed Medical Center. [WTOP]
- Hank, a baby sloth bear born at the National Zoo six months ago, debuted yesterday. [WTOP]
- Police will be out in full force at Metro stations today as part of an anti-terrorism preparation initiative called "Blue TIDE" . [NBC 4]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Pay It Back: Former Ward 7 Councilmember H.R. Crawford owes more than $13,000 in back taxes, and his Eastern Market office could be up for auction unless he pays up by July 15.
Nothing New: Mayor Vincent Gray admitted his proposals "may not send out seismic shockwaves" at his first speech dedicated to education yesterday.
Shorter but Still Sweet: The National Park Service announced an abbreviated summer schedule for concerts at Fort Dupont and Carter Barron.
Food Porn: Check out a slideshow of must-try dishes from City Paper's food issue. Make sure your drool cup is handy.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- One Jeff Thompson associate pleads guilty to straw donations. [LL, Times,WAMU]
- And another one's charged. [LL]
- Post ed board not happy with Mayor Vince Gray's silence on 2010 campaign. [Post]
- Gray makes education address. [Housing Complex, WAMU, Post]
- Settlers of Catan, D.C. style: Save up your graft. [City Desk]
- Tommy Wells holds hearing on surrogacy law. [DCist]
- Metro settles Red Line death lawsuits. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Android users live in eastern D.C., iPhone users in western D.C. [GGW]
- Envisioning a Wegman's at Walter Reed. [WBJ]
- Paid sick leave hasn't hurt business in D.C. [Post]
- Three Capitol Hill post offices are closing. [WJLA]
- Virginia's GOP gubernatorial candidate wants to stop the Silver Line. [GGW]
- DDOT's structure impedes bike projects. [GGW]
- Welcome Gold's Gym to D.C. [Post]
- D.C. newsmen of old, in front of the Capitol. [Ghosts of DC]
- Home values could flatten out next year. [Post]
- Today on the market: Spacious house in Brookland
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company buys its downtown venue at a possibly very plum price. [Post]
- In its final show, Parish Gallery pays tribute to its founder, Norman Parish, who's ailing from a brain tumor. [Post]
- For Arlington taxpayers, libraries are a much better deal than Artisphere. [ARLnow]
- Modern poetry, you suck a big one. Signed, this University of Virginia English professor. [Post]
- Politics & Prose' District Lines lit journal wants submissions. [Politics & Prose]
- The Going Out Guide gets a new design. [Post]
- A Wale quickie before the MC's new album drops on Tuesday. [Washington Post Express]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Pizzeria Paradiso mulls expansion to Hyattsville. [Eater]
- Pizza nomad Edan Macquaid moves on—again. [Don Rockwell]
- Mintwood Place named one of the best new restaurants in the world. [Conde Naste Traveler]
- Arlington location of BonCon set to open next month. [ARLnow]
- Urbana names Ethan McKee its new chef. [Post]
- Sneak peek of Mike Isabella's Greek-inspired restaurant Kapnos [Zagat]