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The Washington Monument is reopening today after being closed for repairs for nearly three years following the August 2011 earthquake.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The debate over whether to seek permission to extend a waiver that would grant D.C. public schools relief from a provision of No Child Left Behind highlights the city's plan for chronically struggling schools. [Post]
  • Why is Sidwell Friends so reluctant to release any data about how its students are doing? [Post]
  • A House subcommittee convened Friday to examine D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization legislation. [City Desk]
  • D.C. officials, including Mayor Vince Gray and Councilmember Muriel Bowser, created their own "Happy" video to celebrate the Wizards. [WTOP]


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

Dream On: This month marks the 20th anniversary of D.C.'s most enduring book about itself, Dream City. Our latest cover story is an oral history of the volume, which chronicles D.C. from the promise of Home Rule and civil rights in the early 1970s to the waves of crack cocaine and violence in the 1980s.

The Matrix: A handy matrix mapping out the cosmic status of all the area colleges' and universities' commencement day speakers.

Potholepalooza: The annual month-long pothole campaign ended Friday and the city filled 11,138 potholes.

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

  • House subcommittee takes up D.C. marijuana decriminalization but holds off on deciding to oppose the law. [Politico, City DeskPost, Slate, Huffington Post, WAMU]
  • David Catania says the energy behind Muriel Bowser's campaign is nowhere to be found. [LL]
  • Democratic State Committee intervenes in Ward 8 Dems feud. [LL]
  • Post ed board slams fire department for keeping the Medric Mills death hearings private. [Post]
  • The District's No Child Left Behind waiver is about to expire. [Post]
  • Goodbye, Potholepalooza. [City Desk]
  • And hello, Picking Up Trashcans-palooza. [City DeskPost]
  • Gay activist backs Catania. [Blade]
  • Judge backs District suspending payments to home health care providers accused of fraud. [WBJ]
  • Some Eastern Market inside vendors want outside vending space eliminated to create more parking. [Housing Complex]
  • Bowser, Vince GrayJack Evans make Wizards' "Happy" video. [WTOP]
  • Who will save young people from the Post? [Post]

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

  • Microsoft innovation center at St. Elizabeths could boost D.C. tech, but won't create D.C. jobs. [Post]
  • The T Street bike lane will become a trench this summer, for the sake of more elegant street lights. [SALM]
  • In defense of the Idaho stop [Vox]
  • DC Greens will take over the Farm at Walker Jones. [DCist]
  • A sinkhole swallows part of 27th Street NW. [Post]
  • The Washington Kastles aren't building a stadium at 4th and M streets SW. [SWTLQTC]
  • After sewage-related shutdown, the Capital Crescent Trail reopens. [DCist]
  • An unscientific poll finds support for D.C. United stadium plan. [SWTLQTC]
  • Today on the market: Condo for Senate staffers seeking a short commute—$359,995

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Newseum's "One Nation with News for All" exhibit chronicles the history of immigrant and minority news publications. [Post]
  • The Washington Monument's about to reopen. [DCist]
  • CityDance's DREAMscape Gala was high on talent and dancers of color. [Post]
  • A Q&A with Adam Friedland before the last night of Funny Moms [Arts Desk]
  • Michelle Obama's best scripted TV spots [PostTV]
  • Sweetlife was kinda bland. [Post]

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

  • How renters build home bars [Express]
  • Chef Bart Vandaele reflects on the first year of B Too. [Eater]
  • Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang's criminal record wiped clean. [Post]
  • Why take-and-bake pizza is giving the tax guys a headache [NPR]
  • Vinoteca now offering "adult kids meal" Thursdays throughout the summer. [PoPville]
  • Bonefish Grill plans August opening in Pentagon Row. [ARLnow]
  • Here are ways a restaurant could kill you [Thrillist]
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