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District Line Daily: Barry’s Fighting Words

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Former Vince Gray supporter Marion Barry endorses Muriel Bowser for mayor, says "we're gonna kick David Catania's ass." LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Trump Organization got the keys to the Old Post Office building on Saturday and is expected to start construction soon. [PoPville]
  • Members of Congress are urging District officials to name a portion of street in Northwest D.C. that runs in front of Chinese Embassy in honor of Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident. But Council Chairman Phil Mendelson isn't so hot on the idea. [Washington Post]
  • DDOT will fix the incorrectly marked "No Parking" signs around Nats Park. [News4]
  • Chris Brown has been released from jail in Los Angeles. He still awaits trial in D.C. for allegedly assaulting a man outside a downtown nightclub. [News4]

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Kreppmentum: It started as a joke on Twitter, but now Capitol Hill tour guide Tim Krepp is actually challenging Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton for her seat.

Mad Yogis: Yogis and gymgoers are lobbying against a proposal that would expand the D.C. sales tax to cover services like yoga classes and gym memberships.

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

  • Marion Barry promises to "kick David Catania's ass" at Muriel Bowser fundraiser. [Post]
  • Ex-lobbyist jumps into the at-large race. [LL]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton gets another challenger. [LL]
  • Congressmen want street near the Chinese embassy renamed after an activist, but Phil Mendelson hasn't been swayed yet. [Post]
  • Bowser, Catania spar over school funding. [Post]
  • Can Vince Gray seal the D.C. United stadium plan before he leaves office? [Post]
  • New school boundaries plan will come out later this month. [Post]
  • Council budget cuts won't kill the streetcar after all. [Post]
  • Plan backs congestion pricing. [Housing Complex, WAMU]
  • Police look for missing girl. [WAMU]
  • Finding housing for homeless families is easier said than done. [Housing Complex]

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

  • L'Enfant Plaza retail center reopens after renovation, featuring a big glass cube. [Post]
  • If the streetcar was a ruse to spur development, it worked. [CityLab]
  • A Q&A with newly loaded Fundrise. [UrbanTurf]
  • Donald Trump officially takes over the Old Post Office. [Post]
  • An update on major construction projects in fast-growing Southwest. [Hill Rag]
  • MetroAccess van driver fired for calling 911 while driving. [WJLA]
  • Bikers are the happiest people in transit; public transportation users are the least happy. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: 2BR in a 19th-century Adams Morgan building—$699,000

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

  • Kidd Cole, a local con man who claims to be a rapper and have big-time music industry connections, was exposed on MTV's Catfish. [City Desk]
  • The National Zoo's orangutan is a pretty decent xylophone player. [DCist]
  • Tips from the pros on running your own comedy show [BYT]
  • Police have arrested a suspect for the assault and robbery of D.C. actor Frank Britton. Friends have raised more than $50,000 to help cover Britton's medical bills. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • "Artists and Their Models" gives voice to the subjects that inspired famous pieces of art. [Post]
  • On D.C.'s growing community of small visual art collectives [BYT]
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will play Fantasia at Wolf Trap, potentially making some new classical music fans out of area kiddos. [Post]

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

  • Town Hall has created a map out of fake IDs. [Post]
  • New Burgerator app helps you find and rate burgers [Washingtonian]
  • Former New York Times critic visits Little Serow. [Ruth Reichl]
  • Michel Richard's New York restaurant closes for the "summer season." [Eater]
  • Where to eat brunch: Bombay Club [Zagat]
  • Taste test of Thai restaurant Soi 38 [BYT]
  • Seven odd questions for Meredith Tomason of RareSweets [Express]
  • Cajun restaurant Pier 2934 opens in Georgetown. [PoPville]
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