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If you’re looking for D.C.-generated hope and joy today, read about Nick Kyrgios, who overcame a hundred things, including his own demons, to win the Citi Open men’s singles title last night. The rest of the news is pretty dark. (Citi Open, FYI, is managed by City Paper owner Mark Ein)


The back-to-back massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, where 29 people were killed altogether, doesn’t seem so far away.  

The last mass shooting in D.C. was Sept. 16, 2013, when a former Navy reservist killed 12 people and injured three others. The tragedy is everlasting—survivors are still dealing with the associated trauma, including Sherrie Lawson who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and suffered a mini-stroke a year after the shooting.  

“I don’t believe that people ever ‘get over it,’” Lawson told NPR. “It’s always gonna be a part of you—a part of your story, in your experience—and you learn to manage, and it does get better.”

Last week we wrote about D.C. restaurants preparing for active shooters. Last November, we wrote about D.C. houses of worship facing the same

We felt the Capital Gazette shooting last June, the Congressional baseball shooting the year before. The 99 homicides in D.C. this year alone

On Saturday, 46-year-old Wendell Youngblood was fatally shot in Northeast; police are still investigating. Meanwhile, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham are struggling to abate what looks to be a more deadly year than last.  —Amanda Michelle Gomez (agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)  


  • Since 2013, the number of times St. Elizabeths used restraints annually increased by almost 20,000 percent. A new report by the organization tasked with monitoring St. Elizabeths reveals horrors, like the man who sat with untreated, undiagnosed broken bones for nearly 24 hours before receiving medical attention for his injuries. [WCP]

  • Three years after the law passed, NEAR Act stop and frisk data are supposed to be published in September. But the ACLU is skeptical. [WCP]

  • New mural outside The Fridge in Capitol Hill shows residents taken by guns. [WUSA9]

  • Mopeds are coming to the District. [Curbed]

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

  • Longtime government watchdogs’ property auctioned at tax sale. [WCP]

  • Ward 4 challenger Janeese Lewis George claims record-breaking campaign contributions. [Twitter]

  • Ron Moten’s second act continues with potential $2 million in Anacostia land deal. [WCP]

  • Post editorial board sides with federal prosecutor in opposition to the Council’s sentencing reforms. [Post]

  • Few at-risk students attend Washington Latin Public Charter School, yet it’s opening a second campus. [Post]

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

  • A woman says she was fired from Open City National Cathedral after confronting a customer wearing a Trump 2020 pin. [WCP]

  • The sizzling fajitas at newcomer Republic Cantina are a must try. [WCP]

  • Adams Morgan is getting another ramen restaurant. [WCP]

  • Thip Khao will pay $55,000 to a plaintiff who sued the restaurant for a specific form of wage theft. [WBJ]

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

  • David Crosby: Remember My Name tracks the life of an aging rock star. [WCP]

  • A Trump-loving artist really, really wanted a showing at the National Portrait Gallery. [Washingtonian]

  • The Kennedy Center will exhibitGeorge W. Bush’s artwork in its new space. [DCist]

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

  • “Hey, Congress, do something! End gun violence now, let’s go!” Philadelphia Union’s Alejandro Bedoya screamed into a field-level microphone after scoring a goal against D.C. United while playing in the nation’s capital. [Yahoo]

  • Prior to the Nationals’ game against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, the teams held a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. A fan, according to Post reporter Jesse Dougherty, shouted, “How about doing something about it?!” which received a few responses of, “Yeah!” and claps. [Twitter]

  • Over an hour before Kyrgios’ victory, Jessica Pegula won her first ever professional tennis singles title at the Citi Open and celebrated the milestone alongside her miniature Australia Shepherd, Maddie. [Post]

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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