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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … a contrail. City Paper photographer Darrow Montgomery catalogues the exhaust-filled skies of D.C. in this week’s cover package.


  • A large fire swept through the Arthur Capper development for seniors in Southeast D.C. a bit after 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Dozens of seniors were displaced, though there were no reported fatalities––a miracle, considering that early reports indicate the fire alarms and sprinklers in the building weren’t working. Early images and video from the scene underscore the difficulty seniors had leaving the property; many on the upper floors had to be carried out by rescue officials.

  • D.C. police collected five times as many illegal guns per capita in 2016 as did police in New York City, just one figure that shows the department’s governing philosophy. But residents say that aggressive effort comes at a cost of physical safety for people of color. WAMU analyzed gun possession cases in local court to determine how many arrests were the result of stop-and-frisks.  

  • Want to go museum-hopping for free this weekend––at museums that aren’t otherwise free? Thanks to Smithsonian, this weekend, you can. The Phillips Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Dumbarton House, among others, are included in the deal.


  • Metro update: Trains are mostly running on schedule this weekend. Are we dreaming?

  • Missed connection: “Washington Yacht Club. I was wearing a white shirt and Jeans, you in a dark colored sun dress. We were next to the bar building when we saw each other. I know we were boozed up, but damn!”  [craigslist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Bowser backs the Council candidate challenging Elissa Silverman, Dionne Bussey-Reeder. [Post]

  • Jack Evans pushes back against including closed captions on movie screenings for deaf and hard-of-hearing customers. [DCist]

  • Police release the identity of the Northwest woman killed in an apparent random stabbing while jogging near Logan Circle. [Post]

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

  • You can now make same-day reservations at Rose’s Luxury. [WCP]

  • A restaurant named Brooklynis coming to U Street NW but it’s from a local. [WCP]

  • 2 Amy’s reopens Monday after a long closure due to water damage. [PoPville]

  • A ill-timed mushroom festival on the hill tomorrow? [Washingtonian]

  • Tom Sietsema gives America Eats Tavern’s Georgetown remake two stars. [Post]

  • An oral history of McDonald’s apple pie. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Listen to the first single from Anna Connolly’s debut album. [The Big Takeover]

  • Local jazz guitarist Joel Harrison fuses bluegrass style into his playing to create a wholly original style. [Post]

  • Read a recap of this year’s Small Press Expo. [BYT]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • As the Catholic church prepares to sell their building, a group of tenants near Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception brace for eviction. [WCP]

  • Documenting the final months (for now) of Barry Farm. [NPR]

  • Another edition of “fresh real estate finds.” [PoPville]

  • It is with great shock that we inform you: D.C. is facing a shortage of affordable housing. [Urban Turf]

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

  • Esports is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and D.C. is getting in on the action. [WCP]

  • Jamal Speaks, a homeless D.C. football player for Ballou High School, has been kept off the football field due to questions over his eligibility. His status for Ballou’s next game on Sept. 28 is still up in the air. [Post]

  • Local female athletes continue to shine. Mystics superstar Elena Delle Donne is one of 12 players named to the 2018 U.S. FIBA Women’s World Cup roster. And Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh of the Washington Spirit soccer team have been selected for the 20-player roster on U.S. Women’s National Team ahead of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. [Washington Times, Twitter]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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