The cathedral’s stone pinnacles are perhaps the most difficult fix of all. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

In other news:

Also a year ago: The Nats were lousy (Post column)

Four years after embezzlement scandal, some tax office employees could still change property assessments at will, audit finds (Post)

Does David Grosso have what it takes to beat Michael Brown? (Loose Lips)

Marion Barry on meter feint: “I’m just clever enough, and smart enough to know how to use the law. That is all.” (WUSA-TV

D.C. taxi politics, in one photo (WaTimes)

Can a Hong Kong-born Canadian starchitect knit Southwest back together? (City Paper)

Vincent Gray responds to GOP platform moves, urges Democrats to include a statehood plank (D.C. Wire, Loose Lips, Examiner, WaTimes, WAMU-FM)

Albrecht Muth is back on a hunger strike, doctors say (Post)

Ward 8 Dems ponder: “What is a Democrat?” (Informer)

Gray helps bid goodbye to Ramadan (Afro)

Informer fights OCFO’s decision to hand advertising contract to WaTimes (Informer)

Should Patrick Mara enter the at-large race if Brown is kicked off the ballot? (WRC-TV)

Health department reports sole case of West Nile virus (WaTimes)

SUV injures four standing in Columbia Heights alley (Crime Scene, DCist)

Throw in another streetcar while you’re at it (WBJ)

Gray says AG will look into youth services (WJLA-TV)

Charter schools will get $1.1 million to help DCPS: “The idea is to pair high-quality schools with low-quality schools” (Examiner)

Police and community leaders will meet with crime-concerned Capitol Hill residents (Examiner)

Disabled man wants to know why DDOT won’t reserve a parking space for him (WJLA-TV)

Federal contractors’ D.C. resident hiring still isn’t good enough, says Eleanor Holmes Norton (Examiner)

Howard Theatre drag show, introduced by Mary Cheh (The Root)

What will Mendo do about the zoning rewrite, if anything? (GGW)

Bob Peck has a new job (WBJ)

D.C. history in comics form (DCist)

Beware Washington Post groupthink on Stephen Strasburg shutdown! (Sports Bog)

Hey, it’s still called the Hitching Post, at least (PoP)

The birth of brunch in D.C. (Ghosts of D.C.)

The James Bopp double-fist-pump, GIFfed (City Desk)