The Rundown…

Courtesy of DC LibraryCommunity: Deanwood library opens today. DC’s public libraries have been going through a steady transformation courtesy of the well-respected Ginnie Cooper & Co. On the outset, her vision appears to make libraries a focal point of communities, and we think she has executed that vision perfectly with help from some talented architects.Courtesy of DC Library

Parking: D.C lifts meter limits after 6:30 pm.

Metro: What a novelty. Come fall, we might be able to rent a movie or buy something from a metro station.

Infrastructure:  The District will install free Wi-Fi hotspots in the Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods prior to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, scheduled to arrive in D.C. July 11-15. In related news, Google is planning to build a fiber-optic network in select communities across the United States. For now, the company wants to reach at “least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.” Imagine, one gigabyte per second.

Dining: Againn Tavern, a younger concern to Againn, opens in Rockville on June 29.

Sport: USA vs. Ghana at the World Cup. LIVE on June 26 at 2:30 PM EST. DC is a passionate soccer city. Dan Steinberg covered the ratings for our win over Algeria.



The Bet: USA vs. England

The World Cup starts in two days, and the “special relationship” is facing its biggest test yet. With England’s match against the USA looming over the horizon, the American Ambassador to London and his counterpart in Washington have been embroiled in a pleasant exchange of sarcastic remarks. The diplomats decided to wager a meal on the outcome of the match. According to the BBC news article,  the bet was clinched in cables exchanges between aides to American Ambassador Louis Susman and British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald.

“We will understand if you decline, given the outcome of the last such encounter,” a US aide wrote, referring to the US defeat of England in 1950.

A UK aide said Sir Nigel took his steak like that win – “somewhat rare”.

British embassy staff, their families and some US acquaintances will be watching the game on a big-screen television at the embassy in Washington. Roughly one quarter of the embassy staff are American nationals, “so it should make for a lively crowd”, an embassy official told the BBC.