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District Line Daily: Bowser’s $1 Million of Treasures

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Democratic Mayoral Candidate Muriel Bowser has more than a $1 million in her campaign coffers, more than twice as much as the $465,000 David Catania has raised in the most recent months of the campaign, according to the latest campaign finance reports. In the attorney general's raceKarl Racine has the most money on hand with about $242,000.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The District government has asked a court to order the sale of Park Southern Apartments—a troubled apartment complex that has already become a hot issue in the mayoral race. [Post]
  • In the first few days of the SketchFactor app, many people are flooding the app with mock, hysterical reports of danger on streets. [WAMU]
  • Muriel Bowser gets the support of the ALF-CIO, says she will work for a short period of time as a hotel maid at the Marriott to experience life as a labor worker. [Loose Lips]
  • How One Direction's hair maintained its altitude during last night's performance at Nationals Park. [Express]

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

Sing It: Should busking be allowed at Metro stations? A musician sued Metro claiming its current rules prohibiting busking are unconstitutional.

New From the Archives: Fugazi has some new music out. Er, kind of. Learn more here.

 New Face of Bike Terrorism: Courtland Milloy goes on a bike ride. Doesn't learn much.

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

  • District requests court-run sale of troubled Park Southern housing complex. [Post]
  • Local AFL-CIO labor council endorses Muriel Bowser for mayor. [LLPost]
  • Bowser calls for all candidates to be invited to debates, presumably including trumpet-wielding longshots. [LL]
  • If the marijuana ticketing mirrors littering ticket, pot smokers don't have to worry. [Times]
  • Republican chairman candidate Kris Hammond won't take corporate contributions. [Post]
  • The "firearms-owning peacenik" behind the lawsuit aiming to overturn the District's law against carrying a gun. [Post]
  • District drops restrictions on conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. [WAMU]
  • "SketchFactor" app plagued by District pranksters. [WAMU]
  • Courtland Milloy goes for a bike ride. [Housing Complex, City Desk]
  • Metro sued for the right to busk. [City Desk]

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

  • City asks judge to order sale of Park Southern Apartments. [Post]
  • Gentrification, as seen (imperfectly) through the Petworth Safeway. [Gawker]
  • Politico moves to a new headquarters, next door to the old one. [WBJ]
  • Metro warns of SmarTrip scam. [WMATA]
  • A map of the construction projects on the Southwest and Southeast waterfronts. [Curbed]
  • Musician sues Metro for right to busk in stations. [City Desk]
  • Five teams make shortlist for right to turn St. Elizabeths into Homeland Security headquarters. [WBJ]
  • In the absence of a bus lane, DDOT takes baby steps to facilitate bus travel on 16th Street NW. [GGW]
  • Douglas plans six-story mixed-use project for H Street NE. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Takoma bungalow—$524,900

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

  • A musician is suing WMATA for the right to busk on grounds of free speech. [City Desk]
  • Why the Corcoran shouldn't be allowed to dissolve because of its management's negligence [Post]
  • The D.C. team won the National Poetry Slam for the first time. [Arts Desk]
  • Tanzanian-American comedian Ed Blaze, who's raising funds on Kickstarter to open a new D.C. comedy club, learned English by watching Irish comic Dave Allen. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Two former Dischord labelmates debate the merits of jazz. [Post] [Post]
  • A love note to Capitol Hill Books [BYT]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman  (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Where to drink alcoholic slushies [BYT]
  • The 10 most overrated foods in D.C. [Zagat]
  • For a more ordered life, organize like a chef. [NPR]
  • Maryland farm launches beer CSA. [Washingtonian]
  • Brookland Pint to open Aug. 18. [Post]
  • Bistro Bohem on vacation until Aug. 15. [PoPville]
  • Great bars where not every beer has to be local [Eater]
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