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District Line Daily: The Cash From Nantucket

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D.C. Councilman Jack Evans raised about $40,000 for his mayoral campaign at a Nantucket fundraiser attended by dozens of rich District residents summering on the island, including former Mayor Anthony Williams.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Internal incident reports from the fire department show the causes of two engine fires in District ambulances last week were likely accidental. [Post]
  • A local woman took to Twitter to question why there were so many armed police officers at a weekend showing of Lee Daniels' The Butler in Silver Spring, saying she felt racially profiled. [NBC4]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says it's time for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. [WAMU]
  • Mayor Vincent Gray and other District officials will cut the ribbon on the new Dunbar High School today, as the old facility sits empty next door awaiting demolition. [Post]

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

Ceiling Go-Goes Down: Part of a ceiling at a District art gallery collapsed Friday night during a gala opening for an exhibit on go-go music.  Seven or eight people were taken to the hospital.

Rap Session: D.C. rapper Ras Nebyu compares the local hip-hop scene to Congress, and not in a good way.

House of Horrors: George Washington University students created a Facebook page to expose what they called the unlivable conditions of their dorms.

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

  • Police investigation aside, fire department reports says ambulance fires were accidental. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray cuts the ribbon on the new Dunbar High School today. [Post]
  • Jack Evans raises $40,000 in Nantucket with help from ex-mayor Anthony Williams. [Post]
  • Mark Segraves will start working for WNEW. [DCRTV]
  • Wegmans wants its preferred developer in Walter Reed. [Post]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants a higher minimum wage. [WAMU]

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

  • Why's D.C.'s residential architecture so boring? [UrbanTurf]
  • Mysterious signs warn of creepy stalker on 15th Street NW. [WJLA]
  • Another report says I can't afford to live in D.C. And yet I do. [WAMU]
  • The view down a more bucolic Connecticut Avenue in 1908. [Ghosts of DC]
  • JBG forced to sell its L'Enfant Plaza hotel. [WBJ]
  • Complete streets: Got 525 policies but a fed ain't one. [Streetsblog]
  • Logan Circle postal building goes residential. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Ultramodern 11th Street condo

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

  • A ceiling collapsed during Friday's opening gala for the city's "Go-Go Swing" exhibit. [Arts Desk]
  • After guards patrol showings of The Butler at Silver Spring's Majestic theater, a patron accuses Regal Cinemas of discrimination. [Huffington Post]
  • The Butler also cleaned up at the box office this weekend. [New York Times]
  • Green paint at Lincoln Memorial now gone. [AP via WTOP]
  • Does the Anacostia Playhouse represent a turning point for the neighborhood? [Post]
  • What the hell was in that letter Big Theater sent to the Helen Hayes Awards organizers? [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Pieces of the Today set coming to Newseum. [WTOP]
  • A look back at Shakespeare Theatre's Free for All series [Post]
  • When an American finds a portrait of a black man in a Moscow antique shop, he uncovers a fascinating story about black American artists who lived in Soviet-era Russia. [Post]

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

  • The 10 best bottomless brunches [The Plate]
  • Where celebrities eat in Washington [Zagat]
  • Budweiser the most popular drink among injured ER patients [NBC News via Drink DC]
  • Ris Lacoste plans to open stall in Union Market. [Post]
  • How much coffee is too much? [NPR]
  • Renderings of Tim Ma's Water & Wall in Arlington [NoVa Mag]
  • A whole cookbook about casseroles? [Express]

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