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In wake of his gifts scandal, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s approval rating is lower than ever, according to a new poll.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Due to a no-deadline editing process, it might be a few weeks before the living wage bill reaches Vince Gray’s desk. [Times]
  • The Arlington County Board voted to proceed with plans to design the Columbia Pike Streetcar line. [WAMU]
  • Adrian Fenty’s four-year-old daughter was taken by Child and Family Services after being found alone in a rec center bathroom. [NBC4]
  • Here’s a list of area cooling centers for those who need a place to escape the heat. [WTOP]

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

WaPo's Most Wanted: Mail a Washington Post hoodie from the paper's online store to WaPo op-ed columnist Richard Cohen, who thinks hoodies are the uniform of thugs.

Poll-mart: Walmart has commissioned a phone poll of D.C. residents as Mayor Vince Gray awaits the Council's living wage bill to either sign or veto it.

Love Is Still Tearing Us Apart: Check out "Sinking Stone," a depressing new single from D.C. dream-pop band Gems.

Non-Hypocrisy Alert: The living wage bill may have its flaws, but in terms of the math, it isn't hypocritical.

The Perks of Being a Condo-Owner: Interested in five years of free hoagies at Taylor Gourmet? Just buy the owner's $489,000 condo in Chinatown.

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

  • House report says budget autonomy referendum isn't binding. [TimesPost]
  • Mayor Vince Gray can't veto the living wage bill until he gets it, Phil Mendelson doesn't know where it is. [Times]
  • Cash-strapped Howard sued for $100 million over town center development. [Housing ComplexWBJ]
  • Prince George's water outage is like a "natural disaster." [WTOP]
  • Adrian Fenty's daughter reportedly taken by child services after being found alone at a recreation center. [NBC 4]

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

  • Who could say no to this Walmart poll on the living wage bill? [Loose Lips]
  • Buy a condo, get free hoagies. [Y&H]
  • Bringing the FBI to Poplar Point would have to start with a $60 million down payment. [WBJ]
  • The D.C. housing market is "technically unaffordable." [CNBC]
  • Pay $1 million to live at a murder scene. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Pissed at utilities in D.C.? Be glad you don't live in Prince George's County. [DCist]
  • Not just parking: Zoning rewrite changes also restrict corner stores. [GGW]
  • Thirty-six condos coming to Park View. [ElevationDC]
  • Get ready for the Walter Reed bonanza. [Post]
  • Heat poses serious risk to homeless. [WJLA]
  • Bring back Cleveland Park's super-wide sidewalks. [GGW]
  • Increasing condo supply will soon come into balance with demand. [UrbanTurf]
  • Good news: D.C.'s apartment rents are only the fourth most expensive in the country. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: U Street corridor coop that won't break the bank

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

  • U.S. Royalty wins a crucial endorsement from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. [Post]
  • D.C. cellist Gordon Withers and his wife Cathy appear on the new album from Swervedriver's Adam Franklin. [Gordon Withers]
  • Forehead slap of the day: "I don’t know about how things work in Washington, but here in Baltimore ... 'indie' means supporting and being supported by the community—not insurance companies." Oh, shaddup, dude. [Baltimore City Paper]
  • LivingSocial slashes money-losing events. [Washington Business Journal]
  • D.C. announces the 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. [Arts 202]

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

  • The search for prized sea urchin in Japan [NYTimes]
  • Five bars that serve great punch [Drink DC]
  • Where to go for blue plate specials [Eater]
  • Sixty-four shooters, Sex on tap, and cheesesteak egg rolls coming to Bracket Room. [Post]
  • D.C. people, places, and dishes you need to know [Zagat]
  • Get your summer coffee fix with Growl cold brew [Washingtonian]
  • Can oysters with no sex life repopulate the Chesapeake Bay? [NPR]
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