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It’s (mostly) sunny in D.C. today, a brief respite from what looks like another weekend of clouds and rain.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The people most likely to abandon Metro? Those 18-35, according to an outside analysis of the transit authority’s ridership. Average daily trips have tanked by over 100,000 since 2009, with figures not yet reaching 630,000 as of May. The analysis estimates that riders 29 and under took 21 percent fewer trips between April 2016 and April 2018––with ridership dramatically worse on weekends.

  • Meanwhile, deficiencies in the city’s bus network is also holding back growth in D.C., says the Greater Washington Partnership. The group proposes “prioritizing dedicated bus lanes, overhauling routes, and implementing a more efficient payment system that reduces time at bus stops.”

  • Is this the most vomit-inducing string of words ever assembled about a hotel? “Marriott Hotels’ ‘new millennial-focused boutique hotel concept’ is coming to downtown D.C., and it promises attributes like ‘selfie elevators,’ … and ‘spirited Moxy Crew Members that have high energy and a fearless do-it-yourself attitude.’ Leave it to this hotel to host not job interviews, but a “casting call.”

THE BULLETIN:

  • Missed connection: “When you got off the train you said my smiling all along the ride had made your morning. I’m glad I was able to put you in a good mood. My smile indicated my good mood from being able to sit next to such a beautiful woman first thing in the morning. I doubt you will ever see this, but if you do I want you to know you made my morning too.”  [craigslist]

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

  • Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau wants kids to stop drinking soda. [DCist]

  • Opinion: Anita Bonds shouldn’t take the housing committee for granted; put Mary Cheh in charge of education; Phil Mendelson should reshape T&E. [DC Line]

  • The company that supplied Metro with faulty concrete is still working on the Silver Line. [NBC4]

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

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  • Why Republic will serve goat all month long in October. [WCP]

  • Inside the lobby cocktail bar Allegory at Eaton Workshop. [WCP]

  • “If Texas elects a Democrat, they’re going to ban barbecue across the state.” [Post]

  • Twelve ways to eat foie gras in D.C. [DC Refined]

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

  • Netflix partners with the Smithsonian’s African American Museum for a new film festival. [Variety]

  • On the podcast: Bad Moves talk about their stellar new album. [WCP]

  • If you’re looking for live shows to catch this week, look no further: Here are 16 shows to see in D.C. [DCist]

  • Jim Parsons—aka Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory—is producing a new gay sitcom about, uh, The Inn At Little Washington. [Blade]

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

  • Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen introduces a bill that will strengthen rental regulations around lead paint. [Twitter]

  • Want to really grind a Glover Park resident’s gears? Start talking about Whole Foods. [DCist]

  • Extending the timeline for the redevelopment of a public housing complex. [Twitter]

  • Anyone seen these shrubs? [PoPville]

  • D.C. designated 3,000 properties as historic in the last five years. [GGW]

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

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans wants to make sports gambling legal in D.C. by the end of the year. [DCist]

  • #ALLCAPS is trending on Twitter, which means that hockey is back in D.C. The Capitals started their preseason yesterday (a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins) and will play again tomorrow night in Montreal. [Twitter]

  • “Your career isn’t over… it’s just getting started. Love you bro,” local NFL tight end Vernon Davis wrote in a Instagram post to his brother, Vontae, who made waves by retiring at half-time during the Bills’ game on Sunday. [USA Today]

  • The Nationals Triple-A team will play in Fresno, as in California. [WTOP]

  • Formers Wizards assistant coach Don Newman passed away last week at age 60 due to cancer. “He was one of the great people I’ve been around,”John Wall told NBC Sports Washington. “Just the culture he brought from the [San Antonio] Spurs system to our team and the confidence he had in and the ability he believed in me.”

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

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