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It's Friday, and the purported last day of the heat wave. Charges against Harry Thomas Jr.'s former chief of staff Ayawna Webster move forward, while the investigation on Vince Gray's campaign is delayed.


  • White House Weapons: An armed Texas man was arrested Tuesday near the White House.  [Post]
  • Funeral Services: Funeral services for Michael Kingsbury, the 7-year-old boy who disappeared from his District home a week ago, will be held today. [NBC4]
  • Amtrak Delays: The heat has gotten so bad that the trains aren't arriving on time. [DCist]
  • Eisenhower Memorial: The U.S. Commission of Arts moves forward with Frank Gehry's Eisenhower memorial.  [Times]


Wegmans Watch: Walter Reed Army Medical center is being redeveloped: Here are the three plans for the 67-acre site, which could include a Wegmans.

Gray Matter: The mayor cracks down on the sale of synthetic marijuana.

What's in a Name?: If Forest Hills can change its name, then maybe these neighborhoods need new monikers.

Borracho's Oculus: Listen up, stoners—Borracho dropped a new album yesterday.

Taxi Troubles: Only around 200 of  D.C.'s 7,000+ taxi cab fleet have installed credit-card readers.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • Investigation of Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign could take even longer. [Post]
  • D.C. Council members talk about what to do with Marion BarryDavid Grosso says expulsion could be part of punishment. [Post]
  • Gray takes on synthetic marijuana, Ethiopian clerk. [NBC 4]
  • Developers pitch plan for Walter Reed. [Housing Complex, WBJ]
  • Office of Tax and Revenue shuts down fast food restaurants. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Abe Pollin-inspired affordable housing project underway. [WJLA]
  • Don't hold your breath for the Silver Line. [WBJ]
  • KIPP to Gallaudet, and other possible charter openings. [GGE]
  • How did 800,000 people fit in D.C. in 1950? [GGW]
  • More power outages, this time in Park View [WJLA]
  • GSA faces steep cuts. [WBJ]
  • An exercise in neighborhood renaming [City Desk]
  • Today on the market: Perks galore in Hill East

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • A great story about the week Jimi Hendrix played a string of dates in Adams Morgan [Post]
  • D.C.-set shows rack up Emmy nominations. [Post]
  • The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts approves Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial design. [AP via WTOP]
  • A Capitol Hill gathering place for artists and skateboarders may be wiped off the map. [Express]
  • Arlington wins a National Endowment for the Arts grant. [ARLnow]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • Where to get breakfast all day [Eater]
  • Arlington police team up with 7-Eleven to "ticket" kids with good behavior. The reward? Slurpees. [ARLnow]
  • Food porn that may make you want to actually eat insects [NPR]
  • What to expect from the Maketto "residency and test kitchen" at Hanoi House [Washingtonian]
  • A map of the 1,000-plus distilleries across the country [Drink DC]
  • Crooked Run Brewing plans to open in Leesburg this Friday. [NoVa Mag]
  • Where are D.C.'s waterfront bars? [Post]
  • D.C. agencies that work with the disabled to study restaurant accessibility. [DCist]
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