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D.C. nabbed Pierre Bagley from Hollywood. It's a long shot, but can he bring Hollywood to D.C? Our latest cover story explores the possibility.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A developer tells Section 8 tenants in Chinatown that they can keep their apartments if they pay $250 million. If the tenants get kicked out, Chinatown would lose about half its Chinese residents. [Housing Complex]
  • How the District ending up spending $300,000 on a little known special election. [Loose Lips]
  • Mayor Vince Gray's initiative to house homeless families will get close to hitting its goal. [Housing Complex]
  • An Uber driver allegedly kidnapped his passengers as he tried to escape a D.C. taxicab inspector in a high speed chase. [Post]
  • Manassas City police want to take a photo of a 17-year-old's erect penis. The teen is accused of "sexting" a video to his girlfriend. [Post]

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

Name Game: How did the District's DIY venues get their weird and awesome names?

Math Genius: In an amendment to gut D.C. gun laws, Sen. Rand Paul claimed that D.C. has the worst per capita murder rate. But that's only true if you compare D.C. to states, which D.C.  is not.

Drink Up: The longstanding Adams Morgan liquor license moratorium will no longer apply to restaurants.

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

  • How the District ended up spending roughly $300,000 on an special election. [LL]
  • Mark Tuohey out in the attorney general race; is Harry Thomas Jr.'s attorney taking his place? [Washingtonian, LL]
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) goes after the District's gun laws. [City DeskPost]
  • Campaign to house 500 homeless families lags behind its goal. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie backs Robert White in the at-large race. [LL]
  • 911 power failure leaves some waiting, others hanging up. [Times, WAMU]
  • Can the D.C. film office finally win over Hollywood? [WCP]
  • Tommy Wells proposes marijuana education campaign to calm pot-hating Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.)
  • Jeff Thompson shadow campaign beneficiary Kelvin Robinson loses his city job. [LL]
  • Uber driver allegedly goes all Crazy Taxi after spotting cab inspector. [WAMUPost]
  • Peaceoholics co-founder and "community hero" Ron Moten seeks money for legal fight after the city. [LL]
  • Alcohol board says Adams Morgan restaurants can apply for liquor licenses. [WAMU, City Desk]
  • Ward 8 gets some bike lanes. [Housing Complex]

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

  • The FBI could move to the Armed Forces Retirement Home or Walter Reed. [Post]
  • Foreign investment in D.C. real estate is alive and well. [WBJ]
  • Roundups of the reactions to the Courtland Milloy "bike terrorists" column. [Streetsblog, GGW]
  • Bike activists organize a protest bike ride to the Washington Post building. [City Desk]
  • D.C. will collect millions from ads on Capital Bikeshare stations. [WBJ]
  • Arlington tries to strike a balance between car parking and bike parking. [Mobility Lab]
  • For Dupont church project, does taller mean less compatible? [GGW]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton: It's too late to turn back from the DHS move to St. Elizabeths. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Glover Park 2BR—$398,500

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

  • The stories behind some of D.C.'s best- (and weirdest-) named DIY venues [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of the people behind the productions Capital Fringe, and why you should see their shows [BYT]
  • Will Hollywood's Pierre Bagley, D.C.'s new film office boss, lure more studio moolah to the city? [WCP]
  • GWAR is opening a bar in Richmond. [Post]
  • Round House Bethesda will stage 100 one-minute plays about D.C. this Saturday. [Washingtonian]
  • Ex Hex released the first song from its upcoming debut album, Rips. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Adams Morgan liquor license moratorium lifted for restaurants. [City Desk]
  • Cashion's Eat Place goes more casual with revamped menu. [Washingtonian]
  • Where to eat raw meat [Eater]
  • James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner coming to The Source. [Zagat]
  • Where to celebrate Bastille Day [Thrillist]
  • Fast casual Greek spot GRK opens in Dupont July 18. [Post]
  • Listrani's to be replace by 7th Hill Pizza in the Palisades. [PoPville]
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