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Facing scrutiny over his family’s spending and gifts, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made a public apology to the state and repaid more than $120,000 in loans.


  • A who used an unregistered handgun to kill a violent pit bull made a deal to have his charges dropped. [Post]
  • The D.C. fire department will pay $180,000 to have its ambulance fleet assessed by an outside firm. [WAMU]
  • Virginia launched an initiative that will allow residents to register to vote and update their voter information online. [NBC4]
  • Federal and local officials will hold a second series of public meetings to discuss the District’s building height restrictions. [WTOP]


Listen to the Legends: Pigskins Hall of Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green believe a name change for their former team should be considered.

Superbaked: Our review of Crystal Fairy, a hallucinogenic road trip starring Michael Cera.

A No for Yes!: Due to historic landmark restrictions, plans for a Yes! Organic Market at the former H Street Playhouse site have been scrapped.

Better Than a Royal Baby: Duke's Grocery will bring the international flavors of East London to Dupont Circle in about a month.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • CFO's office accused of scheming to put Jeff Thompson's old accounting firm on contract. [Post]
  • City and the receiver for Thompson's Medicaid company reach a deal on payments. [WBJ]
  • Heat puts 22 ambulances out of service. [Times]
  • Cop gets $2 for retaliation claim after criticizing All Hands on Deck. [AP]
  • Parks and Recreation takes a stand on tube socks in the pool. [Post]
  • No gun charge for man who shot pitbull. [Post]
  • Events D.C. wants a consumer show. [WBJ]
  • Flash mob robbery and assault on U Street SE. [NBC 4]
  • What happened to sleazy 14th Street? [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • A former resident assesses the changes on 14th Street NW. [GGW]
  • Uniontown is still Uniontown—but its opening is delayed. [Congress Heights on the Rise]
  • D.C. home values are up 11 percent from a year ago. [WBJ]
  • Or 16.3 percent, depending whom you ask. [UrbanTurf]
  • Honest Tea finds D.C. (and Bethesda) not so honest. [DCist]
  • More Pepco outage/outrage in Bloomingdale. [WJLA]
  • Fire department tries to determine what's wrong with its fleet. [LL]
  • Today on the market: D.R.A.M.A. on the Hill

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • In this video taped 40 years ago in Baltimore, who is the guy getting chewed out by famous Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant? [Baltimore or Less]
  • Crafty Bastards is now a mere one day shorter than Bonnaroo. [City Desk]
  • D.C. has a new bear anthem. [Hometown Sounds via Pink Line Project]
  • ICYMI: The always charming columnist Cindy Adams, speaking of a reported art gallery coming to the White House: the whole idea is "fraught with peril." [New York Post]
  • Library of Congress + iTunes = hours of nerdiness [In the Muse]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • Where to eat lobster rolls this summer [Eater]
  • Tom Sietsema on MXDC: "The only thing clear to me is the exit" [Post]
  • Food events to check out this week [Washingtonian]
  • Five essential hangover cures [Drink DC]
  • One3Five food truck owner taking over Majestic Bar & Grille space in Bethesda. [Bethesda Mag]
  • Ten bartenders reveal their guilty pleasures. [Zagat]
  • The best places to break a Ramadan fast [BYT]
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