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Happy Friday. The weather through Sunday will be pure bliss: light, breezy, and cool. Like most good things, it won’t last long.


  • A fatal shooting in Edgewood on Thursday morning marked the 100th homicide in D.C. this year, according to crime data collected by the Metropolitan Police Department and reported by DCist. To date this year, that figure is a 35 percent increase over last year’s rate. Many of the fatalities have occurred in Wards 5, 7, and 8.

  • Immigration activists rushed to Dulles to stop a deportation, but were thwarted. “Once we saw that the plane had taken off, we pleaded for them to turn it around,” says Jesse Rabinowitz.

  • “Rat hour,” “rat highway”––if you hate rats, D.C. is not the city for you. Complaints to the city’s 311 service line for rat sightings have skyrocketed, and only continue to grow every year. Neighborhoods like Columbia Heights, Petworth, Shaw, Capitol Hill, and Mount Vernon Triangle saw double-digit increases in complaints since last year; in some neighborhoods, they increased 75 percent. “Every night before bed I would just sit and watch them run across back and forth, and I could count 50 or 60 in a night,” one resident of the H Street NE corridor told the Post.

  • The Mystics dominated the Los Angeles Sparks, 96-64, to advance to the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs against the Atlanta Dream. Elena Delle Donne did Elena Delle Donne things and finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.


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

  • WUSA-9’s Bruce Johnson beats cancer. [Twitter]

  • A ride-hailing app geared toward women is coming to D.C. this fall. [DCist]

  • Parents file a lawsuit against Mayor Muriel Bowser, claiming her public schools chancellor search is legally insufficient. [Twitter]

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

  • The owner of Mount Pleasant’s Don JuanRestaurant found dead at 48. [WCP]

  • Ready yourself for Tuesday’s Little Sesame opening. [WCP]

  • The best cheap eats in the D.C. region. [Washingtonian]

  • Farmers Restaurant Group settles $1.49 million class-action lawsuit over sick leave and wage theft. [Bloomberg]

  • Get to know the bartender behind A League of Her Own. [Metro Weekly]

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

  • Your jazz calendar, August 23 through 26. [WCP]

  • Support the Girls is a refreshing take on an old genre trope. [WCP]

  • Juliet, Naked is a breezy and charming romantic comedy. [WCP]

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

  • D.C. will finally open a daytime services center for homeless residents this fall. [Twitter]

  • More income-capped housing planned for Southeast’s Bellevue neighborhood. [Urban Turf]

  • Arlington National Cemetery plans a 70-acre expansion. [DCist]

  • ICYMI: Why neighbors are challenging a homeless shelter in Ward 3 (again). [WCP]

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

  • Subscription-based sports site The Athletic is launching in D.C. next month, but it has so far been unable to poach talent from The Washington Post, according to Deadspin’s Laura Wagner.

  • Aug. 25 will be a historic night for the Washington Spirit women’s soccer team when it makes its debut at Audi Field. It’ll be the first time the team has ever played in D.C. [WTOP]

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


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