Happy Monday. The D.C. Council returns from its summer break this morning not with a whimper, but with a bang: a marathon public hearing on Initiative 77, and the suggested Council measure to overturn it. Follow City Paper’s live blog of the hearing.


  • D.C. officials saw another wave of hospitalizations at the hands of synthetic cannabinoid K2, DCist reports. It’s already been a deadly summer for the drug, which has caused dozens of people to overdose in July alone.  

  • Staring down a lawsuit that argues her advisory committee for the selection of a new D.C. Public Schools chancellor doesn’t meet statutory requirements, Mayor Muriel Bowser altered the composition of that panel last week, adding additional DCPS students and staff. But the party that filed the lawsuit reportedly has no plans to withdraw it, alleging that Bowser continues to flout requirements for the panel.  

  • Alleging a hostile and unsafe work environment, volunteers for the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park––which possesses one of the biggest volunteer programs in the national park system––walked off the job. “If we run into a difficult rescue or run into an issue out on the trail, a lot of people are really concerned about being out there and getting no help from the park,” one volunteer told the Post. “It’s getting unsafe for visitors, too, because there are less of us out there who are fully trained, experienced and who can help in an emergency.”


  • Missed connection: “Friday morning on the 96 bus, we exchanged m4m glances when I got off the bus a little before 9am. I was sitting in the seat in front of you.” [craigslist]

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

  • A teenager was taken to the hospital after being shot by the Anacostia Metro station. [WUSA9]

  • Your guide to the big-ticket issues the D.C. Council will tackle––presumably––now that it’s back in session. [DCist]

  • Top Bowser administration official, Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden, is stepping down from her post. [Twitter]

  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school acquaintance, Mark Judge, once allegedly told a City Papereditor he “deserved the fate of Matthew Shephard.” [Twitter]

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

  • A former microbiologist is bringing Patent Brewing Company to Prince George’s County. [WCP]

  • Dino’s Grotto has happy hour dishes that will really fill you up. [WCP]

  • Adams Morgan is getting a more casual bar from the Tail Up Goat team. [Post]

  • Tulips gives up, will become a sports bar. [Eater]

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

  • Remembering Susan Mumford, once the voice of D.C.’s art-punk scene. [WCP]

  • Den-Mate has a new album coming out and you can stream three new tunes off of it. [Brooklyn Vegan]

  • How Arena Stage is giving audiences a new perspective on comedian/activist Dick Gregory. [WAMU]

  • Check out Dr. Kelsi Bracmort’s new children’s book, Simone Visits the Museum. [AFRO]

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

  • A gas station in NoMa could become a prominent architectural landmark in the neighborhood. [Curbed]

  • D.C. opens affordable apartments for “grand-families” in Mount Vernon. [DCist]

  • A decade of change in the D.C. housing market. [Urban Turf]

  • Washingtoniana has a new home until MLK Library opens. [PoPville]

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

  • After a promising start in Week 1, the local NFL team treated the sparse FedEx Field crowd with a 21-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in its home opener. [AP]

  • No one has likely been more happy to see Wayne Rooney on D.C. United than teammate Luciano Acosta. [WCP]

  • MLB Umpire Laz Diaz went berserk on Bryce Harper on Friday. [Deadspin]

  • Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge shattered the marathon world record in Berlin. “If I didn’t know that Kipchoge had run a marathon in 2:01:39, I wouldn’t believe it was possible,” writes Vernon Loeb, politics editor at The Atlantic and a local marathon runner.

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

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