Meridian Hill Park is one of 24 regional sites vying for a piece of $1 million in preservation funds. (Stu Lillard/For The Washington Post)

What do you get when you combine historic preservation with “American Idol”? It’s Partners in Preservation, a joint venture of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation wherein AmEx puts up $1 million, the Trust identifies worthy “shovel-ready” projects, and the public votes on which ones are most deserving of funding. The program has been active for eight years, Jonathan O’Connell reports in Capital Business, but this is its first go-round in Washington. Online voting continues through Friday, with 24 sites across the region competing for as much as $100,000 each. In the District, the contenders include the earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral, the All Souls Unitarian Church bell tower, stained glass windows at Metropolitan AME and the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, Congressional Cemetery’s mausoleum row and the grotto at Meridian Hill Park.

In other news:

Abigail Maslin on her husband’s savage beating: “The justice we seek far surpasses the scope of the courtroom” (Post op-ed)

Homeless advocates fight Gray administration over new shelter rules included in budget legislation (PostHousing ComplexWAMU-FM)

Despite fire chief’s “steady string of controversies,” reform initiatives deserve to move forward (Post editorial)

Vincent Orange admonishment is a “promising sign” for new ethics board (Post editorial)

Nat Gandhi has hired retired federal judge Stanley Sporkin to handle SEC inquiry (Examiner)

The sequestered Mall: “no Fourth of July concert, fewer Park Police officers and a whole lot of uncollected trash” (Post)

Also: Fewer free summer concerts at Carter Barron (GOG)

How much credit can Muriel Bowser take for economic development in Ward 4? (Examiner)

No excuse not to have online voter registration, “other than a lack of vision and the funding necessary to bring that vision to fruition” (Post op-ed)

A “cornucopia of firepower,” both legal and illegal, grows in the District (Post column)

Murder convict will get new trial after D.C. Court of Appeals scrutinizes jury instructions (Examiner)

Streetcar will initially “operate more like a Disneyland ride than a transit system … [a]nd that’s okay” (Post)

D.C. is buying newest streetcars from Oregon firm that has come under fire (ExaminerOregonian)

The M Street cycle track will look a little different from one on the L Street (BeyondDCExaminer)

People are still blocking the L Street bike lane on the regular (WRC-TV)

Meet Metro’s low-key station architect (Capital Business)

Metro finally moves to complete installation of “bumpy tiles” on station platforms (WRC-TV)

Revised Florida Avenue Market redevelopment plan is smaller, omits office space (WBJ)

Gray decision not to embrace KIPP high school proposal is “clearly a stall to avoid controversy” (Post editorial)

Will Spingarn track remain in use after high school is gone? (Post)

Kaya Henderson’s DCPS reform plans “remain too opaque,” parent says (GGW)

Maryland Sen. Jamie Raskin now associated with anti-closings lawsuit (

“Did D.C. schools cheat? Ask the students.” (Class Struggle)

By tapping law firm for education review, is David Catania missing out on the “wisdom of crowds”? (HuffPo)

With “Redtails” proposal, “David Grosso is well-intentioned but quite naive” (Examiner column)

Council won’t take up nurse-staffing bill till after budget is done (WBJ)

Police union negotiating with ethics board over representation rights (Examiner)

Justice Department anti-discrimination warning is “throwing cold water’ on voucher hopes, says Deborah Simmons (WaTimes)

How H Street demanded more than a gas station, and got it (RPUS)

How “densification” of office space is a threat to Downtown (Capital Business)

Restaurant Association makes its case for stricter food truck regulations (RAMW)

Food trucks are ruining D.C.’s aesthetics, don’t you know (Post letter)

City renews Live Near Your Work housing grant program (WBJ)

Woman, 73, pulled from Dupont Metro tracks by fellow riders (Dr. Gridlock)

Teen stabbed in leg at Waterfront station (Post)

One dead, three wounded in two early Sunday shootings (Homicide WatchWRC-TV)

Burglars prey on unlocked doors in Upper Northwest (Post)

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper owes it all to Worthington, Minn. (Daily Globe)

He’s not cutting hair on the Capitol anymore, but you can see Nurney Mason on H Street (Post)

An extended riff comparing Mark Sanford to Marion Barry (Democrats for Progress)