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By rain or by sweat, you’re bound to get wet over the next three days. Old Town Alexandria flooded yesterday. And all of this comes before Hurricane Florence decides whether she’ll make landfall.   

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Deacon James Garcia, a master of ceremonies at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in D.C., called for Cardinal Donald Wuerl to resign in a letter published online. “I cannot, in good conscience, continue to assist you personally, whether as an assisting deacon or a master of ceremony,” wrote Garcia. When Wuerl was bishop of Pittsburgh, he oversaw some of the priests accused of child abuse in the Pennsylvania grand jury’s devastating report.

  • Catholic Church members gathered outside in the rain yesterday to call for justice, transparency, and accountability with regards to sexual abuse. Judy Lorenz of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests also called for Wuerl to resign.  

  • The history-making Mystics are on the ropes. The team had a chance to win Game 2 of the WNBA Finals in the waning seconds, but the Seattle Storm came out on top, 75-73, to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Washington returns to D.C. (well, actually, Fairfax, Virginia) on Wednesday for Game 3 at George Mason University.

  • Capital Gazette shooting victim Rob Hiassen‘s novel Float Planwill be released posthumously on Sept. 15.  

THE BULLETIN:

  • Commute Planning: Various roads are flooded around the region, and D.C. saw record rainfall over the weekend.

  • Missed connection: “Parking Garage Encounter: You were late and I was early. What a perfect start to a Friday — and yes, I will have a weekend. An even better start would have been for one of us to be bold enough to make contact. If by some miracle you read this, reach out and let’s do that here.” [craigslist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Miranda Elizabeth Bowser greets D.C. in her christening gown. [Post]

  • At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman’s attorney doesn’t want challenger S. Kathryn Allen‘s name on the November ballot. [WAMU]

  • A new center at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church will offer daytime homeless services. [DC Line]

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

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  • Local paper supply companies scramble to keep up with paper straw demand. [WCP]

  • Various snacks at the Maryland Renaissance Festival square off. [WCP]

  • St. Anslem is slated to open Sept. 17 near Union Market. [Washingtonian]

  • What went down at that Tenleytown Chick-fil-A. [Post]

  • Bethesda-based Honest Tea aims even bigger. [WBJ]

  • Why 8,000 restaurants catch fire annually. [Eater]

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

  • A Department of the Interior Inspector General’s report raises questions about Wolf Trap’s federal funding. [WTOP]

  • New Washington National Opera director Timothy O’Leary wants to fight the art form’s “unbelievably negative” stereotypes. [Post]

  • Macbeth star Ian Merrill Peakes reflects on his very different approach to the play’s Restoration adaptation. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • You can now eat pie while listening to live music on H Street NE. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Housing Complex will return next week.

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

  • Fans of the local NFL team will have something to cheer about if Week 1 is any indication of the Alex Smith era. The new quarterback threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s 24-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. [AP]

  • Venture capitalist Mark Ein, owner the Washington Kastles tennis team (and Washington City Paper), is bringing an Overwatch professional esports team to D.C. [WAMU]

  • The Nationals showed that they can still compete—when they’re able to play. Over the weekend, the Nats beat the Cubs twice, but also had to postpone games on Friday and Sunday, including a perplexing decision to wait out the rain for hours Friday night … only to postpone it when the skies were clear. [ESPN]

  • Park View High School in Loudoun County canceled its varsity football season due to lack of participation and a famous alum of the school, actress Hilarie Burton, wants to do something about it. The Post’s Samantha Pell reports that Burton is planning to “pay for any interested Park View students to attend football camp next spring.” [Post]

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

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