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Montgomery County police arrested Seth Hurwitz, the co-owner of 9:30 Club and The Anthem and a major figure in the District’s entertainment scene. Police charged Hurwitz with solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor. Court records obtained by City Paperallege that Hurwitz repeatedly attempted to persuade the massage therapist to perform sexual acts for sums of up to $1,000. 


There are people in this city who are momentarily setting aside their phones and desire for instant gratification. Instead, they choose to bask in the slow tempo of the sun and wait to see if they can actually grow a tomato. 

In today’s cover story, food editor Laura Hayes profiles green-thumbed residents who tend the District’s community gardens. D.C. was once named the city with the most community gardens per capita—but is the opportunity for delayed gratification and impulse control extended to everyone? 

“A stereotype of community gardens is that they exist to solely benefit those who are socioeconomically situated to have the time and money to tend to a plot if they’re lucky enough to make it off a waitlist,” writes Hayes. “While some gardens give preference to those who live within a certain distance or offer discounts to low-income residents, most only require that plot holders live in D.C.”

Whether the plot holder reflects the community they’re in is a whole different story—a story you can read about in today’s print issue or on our websiteAmanda Michelle Gomez(tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com).


  • A D.C. contract employee accused her supervisor of sexual harassment. She was fired, and he still has a job. [WCP]

  • In the latest Mumble Sauce, a column about celebrating the District’s Black community: “Food is Care” [WCP]

  • Officials are investigating a Brightwood house fire that killed a 9-year-old boy and one other person. The house was not licensed for rental. [DCist]

  • Remember to participate in City Paper’s “You are So D.C. If…” contest [WCP

  • ICYMI: Hate crimes have soared in D.C. but prosecutions have plummeted. [Post]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • How much longer will Corbett Price last on the Metro board? [Post, DCist]

  • A window company refused to do work for residents living east of the Anacostia River. AG Karl Racine wasn’t having it. [DCist, Twitter]

  • A national gun-control group is targeting Republican lawmakers in Northern Virginia. [Post]

  • U.S. Park Police chief resigns. [WTOP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Roost will have a taco shop from charcuterie master Nate Anda, plus a location of Red Apron Butcher. [WCP]

  • Here’s one way to get your hands on a Popeyes fried chicken sandwich. [Washingtonian]

  • More legal trouble for the food hall at Tysons Galleria. [Bisnow]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A new app guides people to Native American art and culture in the District. [Post]

  • Salt & Sundry’s weekend pop-up features goodies from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern makers. [Washingtonian]

  • The Obamas chat at The Coupeand prove their Netflix game is strong. [DCist]

  • D.C. writer Tope Folarin chats about identity and the local literary scene. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • After a 19-31 start, the Nats are dancing in the dugout and in a true pennant race for the first time. [WCP]

  • Also, Max Scherzer is back. [Federal Baseball]

  • The D.C. XFL team has a name: the D.C. Defenders. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Every decision-making entity on Washington’s football team has a different set of needs heading into the season, writes City Paper contributor Matt Terl. [WCP]

  • Some of the best junior tennis players in the world, including Maryland’s Ayana Akli, are competing in the Wayne K. Curry Prince George’s County International Junior Tennis Championships this week. [JTCC]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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