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D.C. hosting the Olympics in 2024? It could happen. The District is thought to be one of six U.S. cities in the running. The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors is meeting behind closed doors today to pare that list down to two or three cities, though it's not expected to make that decision public.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Throwback Tuesday: Carol Schwartz, ex-D.C. councilmember and former mayoral candidate, says she'll launch an independent run for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • The gay issues-focused Gertrude Stein Democratic Club originally opted to sit out the mayoral endorsement game, but at its meeting last night decided to endorse Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • The National Mall is getting a much-needed sprucing up. By 2018, the 1.2 miles of grass between the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument will be replaced. [WAMU]
  • The best rumors from the @FortRenoRumors Twitter parody account. [Post]
  • A historian says that President Harry Truman would not have liked Union Station to be named after him. [Post]

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

The Gay Issue: Our annual Gay Issue features the abridged Encyclopedia of Gay D.C.-–a tribute to the ups and downs, ins and outs, and tops and bottoms of the D.C. LGBTQ community, from politics to parties to, of course, Pride.

Pigskins Spin Masters: The Washington Football team hired a K Street lobbying firm to defend its name.

1 Tequila, 2 Tequila: Tico, a new taco/small plate/entree restaurant, just opened on 14th Street. There's also more than 125 tequilas and mezcals at the bar.

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

  • Ex-councilmember and perennial candidate Carol Schwartz announces her fifth mayoral bid, is immediately accused of being the new Sulaimon Brown. [LL, NBC4Post, WAMUTimes, Washingtonian]
  • Schwartz noncommittal on most hot issues, but isn't a fan of taxing yoga. [Post]
  • LL reviews the political highs and lows of the Pride parade. [LL]
  • CityCenterDC continues to be the Rodeo Drive of D.C. [Housing Complex]
  • Students, pols turn out to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church at Wilson High. [WAMU, Blade]
  • Where to put a tech startup in the "tech corridor." [WBJ]
  • Developers buy 600 H St. NE. [WBJ]

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

  • D.C. Olympics in 2024? It could happen. [Post]
  • 30 condos coming to 600 block of H Street NE. [UrbanTurf]
  • Delays could push back summer opening for Silver Line. [WBJ]
  • In Cleveland Park, the housing market inches upward. [UrbanTurf]
  • Wrong day, right argument: Pennsylvania Avenue cycletrack needs protection. [DCist]
  • On the flaws of the Zestimate. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Chevy Chase townhouse—$775,000

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

  • The Smithsonian uses dish soap to clean its outdoor sculptures. [Eye Level]
  • Watch Typefighter perform at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage [Kennedy Center]
  • ACME's new video for "Girlfriend Tonight" is a throwback sexy party jam. [DCist]
  • Forum Theatre will stay in its Silver Spring location as part of a new theater consortium. [Arts Desk]
  • Rumors are a-swirlin' about @FortRenoRumors (and its meta-parody) in the Twittersphere. [Post]
  • Studio Theatre's David Muse on what drew him to Mike Bartlett's play, Cock [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Where to eat crabs without driving to the shore [Eater]
  • Ghana Cafe closes in Logan Circle. [PoPville]
  • Brookland's Finest opens in Brookland. [Post]
  • The best outdoor dining in 10 neighborhoods [Zagat]
  • New Lost Rhino beer uses yeast from fossilized whale bones. [WBJ]
  • Mediterranean restaurant/hoagie shop opens in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • So you want to be a brewer... [Express]
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