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District Line Daily: The Green Lincoln

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It's a beautiful Friday, and the Lincoln Memorial is closed. Vandals splashed the famous statue with green paint, prompting the National Park Service to shut down the monument for a day to clean it up.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Soccer in Southwest: As part of its deal to bring a D.C. United stadium to Southwest, D.C. may be able to share in the team's profits. [LL]
  • Spiked Punch: Erik Czajkowski, a former marine, has been sentenced to one and a half years for punching and killing a man outside a Virginia restaurant.  [NBC4]
  • Self-Ruled: The D.C. Council voted to delay the city's first attorney general election, which had been set to take place next year.  [Times]

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

The Details on D.C. United: A visual guide to the proposed stadium—and what the D.C. government is giving up for it.

Rocket Science: Aerospace expert Steve Davis has opened the wackiest bar in Washington: Thomas Foolery. The establishment features zany games, a King's seat, and a chance to "plinko" your the price of your Smirnoff Ice.

What About Barry? The new stadium means bulldozing former Mayor Marion Barry's Reeves Center. So what does he think?

Not So Fast: Fast Eddie's restaurant manager shut down hip-hop/rock fusion act Funkmnkyz in Centreville last week. The band's offense? Rapping.

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray is trying not to look like a lame duck, Jonetta Rose Barrassays. [Post]
  • Jack Evans defends holding up the attorney general election: "We are the final analysis." [Times]
  • Metro drops SmarTrip price. [WAMU]
  • Leave Abraham Lincoln alone. [Times]
  • Chicago Tribune says D.C. is making a mistake with Walmart. [Tribune]

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

  • Support from some councilmembers on D.C. United deal, doubts from others. [Post]
  • What the deal means for the Southwest waterfront [WBJ]
  • Universities get in on the development game. [GGW]
  • Car2Go in D.C.: 26,000 members, just 300 cars (for now). [UrbanTurf]
  • Cyberattack takes LivingSocial down a notch. [Post]
  • A "museum in reverse" on the Mall? [WJLA]
  • What makes a neighborhood appear safe? [Atlantic Cities]
  • Mystery buyer springs for R Street firehouse. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Amenities galore by Union Station

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

  • After Washington Post readers help fund their trip, a Maryland high school choir performs in South Africa. [Post]
  • Does Showtime have the best jukebox in D.C. now? [Post]
  • Wale says he was booted from a flight for leaving his phone on. [Post]
  • Next year, D.C.-area arts organizations will put on a festival in honor of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. [Post]
  • Journalist Wil Haygood writes about being in the background of The Butler, the film whose story comes from a Washington Post story he wrote in 2008. [Post]
  • National Gallery of Art acquires dozens of new artworks. [Post]
  • Library of Congress picks up about 10,000 items belonging to gay rights activist Lilli Vincenz. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • WAMU interviews D.C. novelist Elliott Holt [WAMU]

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

  • Pop-tart ice cream sandwiches now a thing at Ted's Bulletin. Is popwich the new cronut? [Eater]
  • Eat these things [Washingtonian]
  • Thirty-one crazy ice cream flavors from around the world [Zagat]
  • New pregame party area coming to Nationals Park. [WBJ]
  • How to fix everything, including crowded restaurants and last call [WCP]
  • Five restaurants that time (almost) forgot [Post]
  • Sugar Mama's Ice Cream opens in Fairfax. [NoVa Mag]
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