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The proposed "yoga tax" highlights a divide between the eastern and western sides of the Anacostia River. There are, for instance, no full-service, private gyms east of the Anacostia. Yet since 2009. D.C.'s west-of-the-river wards have seen an 11 percent increase in the number of gyms.


  • The D.C. Council will vote on that "yoga tax" today. (And the rest of the $10.6 billion budget.) [News4]'
  • The Silver Line will be open for business on July 26. [WAMU]
  • Singer Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court for a hearing in his case for allegedly assaulting a fan in October who wanted to take a picture with him outside D.C.'s W Hotel. He is reportedly in talks with District prosecutors regarding his misdemeanor assault charges. [Post]
  • Former D.C. Council Ward 1 candidate Jeff Smith pleaded guilty in court to lying about receiving illicit help from shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson, hours he after was charged with the crime. [Loose Lips]


In Defense: Three Virginia state lawmakers formed a caucus to show their support for the Washington football team name. Democrat state Sen. Chap Petersen says that the team name is not a slur, but acknowledges that it is an archaic term and, if the team were named today, it would not be named that.

What's That You Say?: Marion Barry decries the nonexistent "Yogurt Tax".

Arts On The MoveThe Washington Project for the Arts is moving into a new permanent space adjacent to the 9:30 Club as part of the in-progress Atlantic Plumbing development. The organization plans to open its news space by fall of 2015.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Former D.C. Council candidate Jeff Smith pleads guilty to covering up campaign help from Jeff Thompson. [LL,LLPostWAMU]
  • Marion Barry mishears, says that the nonexistent "yogurt tax" is a terrible idea. [LL]
  • Not too many people seem interested in Ernest Johnson's campaign in Ward 1. [LL]
  • New fire chief will keep using "soft posting" policy. [Times]
  • Soccer fans won't get a recess at the D.C. United hearing to watch the World Cup. [Post]
  • Post ed board wants the District's primaries moved closer to the general election. [Post]
  • What the yoga tax says about D.C. [Post]
  • Health exchange proposes rate drop for one plan, a rate increase for others. [PostWBJ]
  • Cabbies will rally against ridesharing services on Wednesday. [WAMU]
  • How the restaurant association's politics affect its food awards. [Post]
  • 102-year-old woman wants a reserved parking spot, and the Department of Transportation is working on it. [NBC4]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • At long last, the Silver Line has a scheduled opening date. [WMATA]
  • So the streetcar will lose the race. But there's hope, from Tucson. [GGW]
  • Washington Project for the Arts heads to Atlantic Plumbing. [Arts Desk]
  • New renderings for part of The Wharf. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C. universities pledge to buy substantial solar power. [Post]
  • Get ready for more tickets from speed cameras. [WJLA]
  • Dupont's Patterson Mansion sells for $20 million. [WSJ]
  • Michigan developer eyes residential for Adams Morgan shops. [WBJ]
  • Report shows growing income inequality in D.C. region. [Post]
  • Today on the market: 1BR by Cleveland Park Metro—$319,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • The members of Brass Connection used to busk outside the Verizon Center. Now, they're the Washington Mystics' house band. [Post]
  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced a $5.4 million gift to cap off its fundraising goal for the Renwick Gallery renovation. [Arts Desk]
  • Clips from the National Museum of Women in the Arts' first all-video exhibition [Post]
  • How Erin Driscoll became one of D.C.'s most in-demand actresses [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Washington Project for the Arts has finally found a permanent home: across the street from the 9:30 Club. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes at Iota Club [D.C. Music Download]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • Should nonassociation members be eligible for a RAMMY? [Post]
  • What D.C. chefs wore to the RAMMYS [Reliable Source]
  • Behind the scenes with Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab's maitre d's [Eater]
  • Petworth East African restaurant Safari DC under new management [PoPville]
  • Ten amazing tasting menus around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Marion Barry comes out against nonexistent "yogurt tax." [Loose Lips]
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