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District Line Daily: National Cathedral’s Steep Repairs

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It's been exactly two years since a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the D.C.-area, and the damaged National Cathedral is falling way short of the $26 million needed for repairs.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Hundreds of Egyptians protested in front of the Washington Post Thursday, criticizing the paper's coverage of the military takeover in Egypt as being in favor of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. [Post]
  • Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader wrote a letter to Mayor Vince Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier asking them to fix poorly positioned "No Left Turn" signs from Florida Avenue NW onto Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Circle. [WTOP]
  • The District broke ground Thursday on the Chuck Brown Memorial Park in Ward 5's Langdon Park. [WTOP]
  • Walmart protestors were arrested Thursday outside the company's office in Chinatown. [NBC4]

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

Double Trouble: A powerful PAC may have violated campaign rules during Mayor Vince Gray's scandal-plagued mayoral run by paying for a $15,000 poll in coordination with the mayor's campaign.

The Cosby Show: Ben's Chili Bowl celebrated its 55th anniversary Thursday and half-smoke fan Bill Cosby was one of the special guests.

March of Times: The anniversary of the March on Washington is next week, and City Paper has some photos from the original march 50 years ago.

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

  • Emails suggest possibly illegal coordination between Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign and a PAC. [LL]
  • Harry Reid staffer launches exploratory committee for a Ward 6 run. [Hill Rag, LL]
  • Strip club wants its own M Street bike lane exemption. [Housing Complex]
  • Mayor Vince Gray breaks ground on the ampitheatre-less Chuck Brown park. [WAMU]
  • Pols, Bill Cosby turn out for Ben's Chili Bowl's anniversary. [WAMU]
  • Ralph Nader wants Dupont Circle intersection fixed. [WTOP]
  • D.C.'s summer of babies being born in weird places continues. [NBC 4]

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

  • Ralph Nader to D.C.: Fix that pesky Connecticut/Florida intersection. [WTOP]
  • Much as I might complain about D.C.'s parking minimums, some other cities' are worse. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Why real estate agents are thriving in the Internet age. [Post]
  • It'll cost more than $26 million to fix the National Cathedral's earthquake damage. [WJLA]
  • Union protest of Walmart leads to arrests. [DCist]
  • When the kids hit school age, families move to Chevy Chase. [UrbanTurf]
  • What the M Street cycletrack could learn from the Purple Line. [WashCycle]
  • Let there be light ...along just a few corridors in 1891 D.C. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: LeDroit Park rowhouse for $1.2 million

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

  • Black Cat's liquor license modification—which includes a provision to add a third floor and a bar—moves forward. [Short Articles About Long Meetings]
  • About that House of Cards motorcade mess-up: Mayor Vince Gray's spokesperson says the D.C. Film Office may have failed to notify the show's producers that D.C. police won't "rent itself out as extras for film." [Washington Business Journal]
  • On what would have been Chuck Brown's 77th birthday, the city breaks ground on the scaled-back Chuck Brown Park. [Housing Complex]
  • Also: footage from the Chuck Brown birthday bash at Howard Theatre [WJLA]
  • The National Cathedral's earthquake-related repairs now hover around $26 million—$6 million more than estimated. [WJLA]
  • The Smithsonian wants your photos. [DCist]

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

  • A burger made with all the best components of many different burgers [Post]
  • Bengali restaurant now open on Lee Highway. [ARLnow]
  • Pines of Florence on Connecticut Avenue NW becomes Jambalaya Room. [PoPville]
  • Where to drink and watch a football game [Eater]
  • The Reef reopens after stabbing, but not everyone is happy about that. [DCist]
  • Take a look at the new patio of Tonic at Quigley's. [BYT]
  • Eat this stuff. [Washingtonian]
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