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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.


  • 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]


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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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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