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The world of charter schools is already plenty experimental and controversial, but what happens when you throw a Hebrew language immersion school into the mix? With Sela Public Charter School, the first public school in D.C. to teach in the ancient language, we'll find out.


  • Hospitals nationwide are dealing with huge shortages of nutrients needed to help premature babies survive—and Washington-area NICU units are no exception. [Washingtonian]
  • Some D.C. taxi drivers have been granted a one month extension on the installation of credit card readers in their cabs. [Post]
  • Jack Jr., Georgetown's mascot-in-training will be heading into early retirement, in part because of a lawsuit  filed by the parents of a child who was bitten last fall. [The Hoya]


So Long, Affordable Housing: Who loses when a building owner in Adams Morgan upgrades the building, pays off departing tenants, lets the remaining ones keep their rent-controlled apartments, and jacks up the rent for everyone else? The District does.

Red Card: Building a new stadium for D.C. United is a great idea—but not, despite the hype, if the city is contributing half the funds.

Food Fight: Bandolero and Tacklebox are locked in a months-long battle with their Georgetown landlord over liquor licenses, and now celebrity chef Mike Isabella has cut ties with Bandolero.

Head Banging: Ian MacKaye may not have a licensing problem with the $28 Minor Threat T-shirts now being sold at Urban Outfitters, but he still thinks they're ridiculous.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • Chances look slim of nine councilmembers voting to override a mayoral veto of the living wage bill. [Post]
  • Some cabbies can wait another month, until Sept. 30, to install credit card readers. [WAMUPost]
  • The head of the Department of Health's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Administration was fired, sources say. [Blade]
  • Is D.C.'s medical pot too pricey? [Post]
  • D.C. United stadium deal isn't bad for the far. [City Desk]
  • City picks Barry Farm developers. [Housing Complex]
  • New crosswalk signals intervals give pedestrians more time. [Post]
  • Tom Sherwood cuts Gray out of stadium coverage: "It's not personal; it's business." [NBC 4]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Praise for D.C. United deal shows how crappy most stadium deals are. [City Desk]
  • Mayor Vince Gray weighs in on the deal. [WJLA]
  • Fight over 965 Florida Ave. hasn't spoiled MRP and JBG's partnership. [WBJ]
  • Residents petition the city to reverse 965 Florida Ave. decision. []
  • The coming scratch-off shortfall. [WJLA]
  • Attorney challenges transparency of Hine deal. [Capitol Hill Corner]
  • Gray: Phil Mendelson may be holding living wage bill until councilmembers return. [LL]
  • Today on the market: Logan(ish) condo

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • Should the Smithsonian acquire Trayvon Martin's hoodie? [DCist]
  • Ron Charles has not 99 problems, and they're all books. [Post]
  • No Chompie on the Discovery Building this year. [DCist]
  • Austin Chronicle's Mike Kanin quotes the Post's Chris Richards in his piece about Austin, Texas' depreciating cultural capital. [Austin Chronicle]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • Chef Justin Bittner leaves Bar Pilar for 8407 Kitchen Bar in Silver Spring. Ed Wittheads to Hawk 'n' Dove. [Post]
  • Police shut down Marvelous Pizza on H Street NE alleging owners' fraud scheme. [ToTville via DCist]
  • My Brother's Place in Capitol Hill is now My Place. [WBJ]
  • Cleveland Park's Le Zinc closes after two years. [Eater]
  • Great restaurants for omakase in D.C. [Zagat]
  • First taste from Jackie's Restaurant's new chef Adam Harvey. [Bethesda Mag]
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