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The Fort Reno series is back on this summer after concert organizer Amanda MacKaye met with officials from the National Park Service Monday. MacKaye had originally canceled the long-running summer concert series last week after she said NPS unexpectedly told her she would have to pay for a Park Police officer to work each concert.


  • The first phase of the District's minimum wage increase goes into effect today, bumping the wage from $8.25 per hour to $9.50. [City Desk]
  • Prosecutors quietly dropped the charges against two people who stole D.C. trash bins with "Take Me" stickers for an art project. [Post]
  • NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger, 58, rediscovers her D.C. identity by moving into a pricey CityCenter condo, living right near millennials in Penn Quarter. [Post]
  • A new WTOP poll found that a majority, 61 percent, of adults in the region do not feel the Washington football team's name should be changed, though a majority also believe that the name will be changed. [WTOP]
  • D.C. police are investigating five unrelated homicides that occurred in the last four days. [Post]


Green Construction: Our latest cover story is a look at how rich foreign investors are helping finance D.C.'s building boom—in exchange for legal status in the U.S.

Home Turf or Enemy Territory? The D.C. government is hosting a World Cup watch party today on Freedom Plaza. Or, if you prefer, the Belgium Embassy is hosting a watch party in the much cooler courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery.

Name Game: Nevermind that the new Petworth Safeway has been open for less than a week, it needs a nickname STAT. May we suggest the Sanitized Safeway?

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Procurement woes could delay St. Elizabeths move-in by a year. [PostWBJ]
  • Watch the World Cup with Vince Gray—and potentially an oppressive heat—in Freedom Square this afternoon. [City DeskPostTimesWBJ]
  • Metropolitan Police Department looks into five murders in four days. [Post]
  • The District's minimum wage goes up to $9.50 an hour today. [City DeskPost]
  • Zoning update chopped up by the Office of Planning. [Housing Complex]
  • The Fort Reno concert series is saved, in part thanks to Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss. [Arts Desk]
  • Charges won't be pursued against alleged Supercan thieves. [Post]
  • Gas prices up in the D.C. area. [WAMU]
  • What to call Petworth's Safeway? [City Desk]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Don't expect construction at St. Elizabeths for another year. [WBJ]
  • Metro defends Blue Line changes as Silver Line opening approaches. [DCist]
  • Details on the Silver Line opening. [GGW]
  • Average home sale in Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase topped $1 million in May. [UrbanTurf]
  • Arlington grows smartly: As population booms, traffic drops. [GGW]
  • A petition against further retreat on the zoning update. [Coalition for Smarter Growth]
  • Oregon study shows that Oregonian bikers stop for red lights more than D.C. bikers. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: Two-story Georgetown retail building—$1,250,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • Need help parsing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Hobby Lobby dissent? Jonathan Mann's put it into song. [DCist]
  • Cathy Lanier ordered a four-day closure of Lux Lounge after a gun was fired in a fight outside the club. [WJLA]
  • Roald Dahl's The BFG gets puppet-ized at Imagination Stage. [Post]
  • At the closing of his website ShowBizRadio, Michael Clark credits Capital Fringe "for the phenomenon of anyone thinking they can make a go of creating their own theater company." [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Fort Reno's back on, after all. [Arts Desk]
  • Avicii "bull[ied] the brain" at Jiffy Lube Live. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • Where to tour a brewery this summer [Eater]
  • The hottest poolside drinking and dining in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Fat Pete's BBQ opens July 3 in Cleveland Park. [PoPville]
  • Britain wants the U.S. to lift its ban on haggis. [NPR]
  • The food and drink lover's guide to Fourth of July [Washingtonian]
  • What should Petworth's new Safeway be named? [City Desk]
  • A day with a truffle dealer [VICE]
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon isn't just for drinking anymore. [Post]
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