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Pick up a new edition of City Paper on this hot Thursday—read about D.C’s steep maternal mortality rate, a group of Deanwood residents who have perfected the art of documenting dying mice, and the restaurants trying to stay in Yelpers’ good graces.  


  • The District of Columbia is one of the worst places in the United States, and in the developed world, to deliver a child. In 2018 so far, D.C.’s rate of maternal mortality is 36.1 per 100,000 live births, while the nationwide rate is 20.7. It’s even worse if you’re a black woman. “Mortality is the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr. Constance Bohon. “The morbidity is where we’re going to be able to prevent more deaths, by looking at those numbers.” In this week’s City Paper cover story, women discuss their childbirth experiences in D.C

  • A white man pulled out a knife and threatened to kill a pedestrian in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday, yelling racial slurs and saying he doesn’t like “illegal immigrants.” The man reportedly chased the victim around a bus stop on the 3100 block of Mount Pleasant Street before fleeing.

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser made one thing clear at a recent luncheon in downtown Washington—she wants an NFL stadium back in D.C. At the team’s annual “Welcome Home Luncheon,” at the Marriott Marquis, Bowser sat next to team owner Daniel Snyder and essentially made her speech a sales pitch, telling those in attendance, including several D.C. councilmembers and the NFL team’s president, Bruce Allen, to “bring it home.”

  • Capital Bikeshare members reportedly received emails announcing that the company will soon “be introducing new pedal-assist bicycles as another solution for getting across Metro-DC.”


  • Commute planning: Start thinking about when (and where) you’re traveling for Labor Day.

  • Missed connection: “You were tending bar on the second floor at the anthem. I got my last round of drinks from you. Your smile made the evening much nicer. I knew you were slammed so I wasn’t going to take up your time, regretting not introducing myself to you. I left you a note on the receipt. Hit me up!” [craigslist]

  • Gear Prudence: Can I pet a stranger’s dog—inside this stranger’s car—while stopped at a red light? (It was a Labradoodle.)

  • Savage Love: If you want to avoid fucking Trump supporters, you’re probably going to have to give up the swingers club.

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

  • Three people listed as signature collectors for S. Kathryn Allen’s Council bid tell The Post they “did no such thing.” [Post]

  • Google Maps mistakenly showed the Russell Senate Office Building as the “McCain Senate Office Building.” [NBC4]

  • Paul Manafortwants to move his D.C. trial to Virginia, contending that Washingtonians on the jury are too biased. [Post]

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

  • Not all restaurants hate Yelp. Here’s the proof. [WCP]

  • The original Mandu in Dupont to reopen as Anju in 2019. [Washingtonian]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema dishes out a rare zero-star review. His target: La Vie. [Post]

  • Amazon will now deliver Whole Foods groceries to Prime members. [DCist]

  • New Italian for Chevy Chase. [WBJ]

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

  • Amid a summer of increased gun violence, these D.C. youth activists wrote a song calling for the violence to stop. [Post]

  • At the Mexican Cultural Institute, 77-year-old murals have returned to life. [DCist]

  • One person’s trash is another person’s … art. [Washingtonian]

  • Watch a new music video from D.C. pop-punk ensemble The Split Seconds. [PunkNews]

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

  • This group of Deanwood residents have perfected the art of documenting dying mice. [WCP]

  • Foggy Bottom has some of the priciest rentals in the mid-Atlantic. [WTOP]

  • A development partner behind Union Market’s expansion drops out of the project. [Urban Turf]

  • The Franklin School’s historic interior work was reportedly removed during construction. [WBJ]

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

  • Brett Connolly joins teammate and fellow Canadian Devante Smith-Pelly as Capitals players who will not being visiting the White House if invited. [SportsNet]

  • Whatever you do, don’t watch the replay. Doctors diagnosed Elena Delle Donne with a left knee bone bruise after she suffered a painful-looking injury in the Mystics’ Game 2 loss to the Atlanta Dream. Delle Donne will be questionable for Game 3 on Friday. [WNBA]

  • Nearly three years ago, a head-on-head collision on the football field ended Kyshoen Jarrett’s career as he knew it. Now he’s coaching with the local NFL team in hopes of a comeback. [Post]

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

  • Six-person D.C. soul-funk group Lightmare performs at DC9.7:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

  • The Library of Congress presents Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, a showcase of the library’s collection of little-known contributions by American women to the popular art forms. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 10 1st St. SE. Free.

  • Longtime Virginian-Pilotreporter Earl Swift talks about his book Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, the culmination of his experience living with the watermen of the sinking island, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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