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District Line Daily: More Blue Days for Gray

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Federal investigators caught D.C. restaurateur Tony Cheng on tape bragging about raising $35,000 for Mayor Vincent Gray in one week. The tapes emerged during a Monday court hearing in a case against Cheng and his son, who have been charged with bribing city officials in a taxicab licensing scheme.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Efforts to fix the disputed inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial may not be completed until after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. [NBC4]
  • Maryland Democratic Rep. John Delaney pledged Monday to use his personal funds to campaign for a minimum wage increase in Maryland. [Post]
  • A D.C. fire department ambulance that was scheduled to accompany a presidential motorcade had to stay behind at the White House because its gas gauge was broken and the driver hadn’t realized it had run out of fuel—the latest trouble to hit the District’s now heavily scrutinized ambulance fleet. [Times]
  • Donnie McClurkin, the "ex-gay" activist who Mayor Vincent Gray decided to cut as a headline performer at the MLK Memorial, will still receive his $10,000 performance fee. [Post]

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

Another One Bites The Dust: Vernon Hawkins, a close friend of Mayor Vincent Gray, was charged Monday with providing a false statement to police in the ongoing investigation of the mayor’s campaign finances.

Bypassing the Paywall: An unpaid intern in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office has started a crowd-sourced funding campaign to subsidize her semester in the District.

For Love Of The Game? Curtis Malone, the head of DC Assault, a successful area basketball program, was arrested Friday as part of a year-long DEA investigation.

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

  • Alleged shadow campaign worker Vernon Hawkins charged with lying to investigators. [LLPostWJLATimesWAMU]
  • Mary Cheh wants candidates who received shadow campaign help to say so. [WTOP]
  • Hawkins and Miguel Tejada have the same lawyer. [Legal Times]
  • Tony Cheng, master fundraiser [Post]
  • Over the weekend, two-thirds of D.C. advanced support ambulances weren't operational. [Post]
  • Post ed board criticizes D.C. Jail's video-only visitation rules. [Post]
  • "Ex-gay" singer will still receive $10,000 from the District, despite being told not to perform. [Post]
  • Martin Luther King Jr. memorial quote removal held up on sandblasting dispute. [NBC 4]
  • Metro bus hits pedestrian. [NBC 4]
  • Huge rowhouse inspires awe, haters. [Post]

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

  • Apropos of Housing Complex's return from a long weekend in Chicago (apologies for yesterday's lull): What WMATA can learn from the CTA. [PlanItMetro]
  • What D.C. can learn about progressive transit policy from...Atlanta? [Streetsblog]
  • And what D.C. probably can't learn from Elon Musk [CNBC]
  • A not-entirely-persuasive argument that old people are fueling D.C.'s growth. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Yet another ride-sharing program comes to D.C. [TechCrunch]
  • Capital Bikeshare in Howard County? [WTOP]
  • The average 20009 rowhouse is selling for more than $1 million. [UrbanTurf]
  • Three months later, the Post discovers the V Street popup. [Post]
  • Today on the market: South Columbia Heights condo

ARTS LINKS is taking a break while Ally Schweitzer is on vacation. (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • The rise of restaurateur Ashok Bajaj [NYT]
  • The 10 best new restaurants in America (no love for D.C.) [Bon Appetit]
  • The state of the D.C. beer scene [DC Beer]
  • Look Restaurant looks like its getting a makeover thanks to the Food Network. [PoPville]
  • Check out renderings of J&G Steakhouse's new look. [Eater]
  • Chef Tarver King leaves the Ashby Inn for Patowmack Farm. [Post]
  • Five chances to try Solidarity Summer Ale. [Washingtonian]
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