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In City Paper’s print issue this week: where to take advantage of the (waning) days of summer, why neighbors are challenging a homeless shelter in Ward 3 (again), and what it’s like to work at one of the oldest fish markets in D.C. 


  • A Metrobus struck a woman and girl on Wednesday afternoon in D.C.’s Chevy Chase neighborhood, trapping them underneath it. They were transported to a hospital with “serious but not life-threatening injuries,” per WTOP.

  • Mystics guard Kristi Toliver has been described as many things: an introvert, a clutch shooter, a silent leader, a Renaissance woman. But the 31-year-old former University of Maryland star is also the veteran force who has, along with leading scorer Elena Delle Donne, made the Mystics one of the best teams in the league this season. They will play in a single-elimination playoff game against the Los Angeles Sparks tonight at George Washington University’s Smith Center. [WCP]

  • A 60th-anniversary celebration for iconic U Street stalwart Ben’s Chili Bowl shut down part of U Street NW on Wednesday, drawing politicians, activists, neighbors and journalists alike. “You not only fed us but you brought us together as a community to show that no matter who you are or where you came from, we could all sit at the same table and treat each other respectfully,” a note sent to operator Kamal Ali reads.


  • Day Tripper: It’s almost Labor Day, it rained half the summer, and D.C. is teeming with workaholics. Even those of us who took a vacation in June or July might be hard put to remember it by now. City Paper has compiled a list of 11 day trips from D.C.

  • Missed connection: “To the guy who delivered the computer cabinet to the Navy Yard today, I just wanted to say that I thought you were handsome and really nice. I’m the older gentleman who helped you and the other guys carry the cabinet up to my second floor office. Thanks for your hard work in lugging up there. If you’re interested, I’d like to buy you a coffee or drink sometime. Thanks again!” [craigslist]

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

  • Survivors of sexual abuse in D.C. are calling for the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl. [WTOP]

  • Education secretary Betsy DeVos visited three D.C. schools on Wednesday, but did not speak to students. [Post]

  • A group of teenagers begin an initiative to reduce violence in their neighborhoods. [WUSA9]

  • Students push to re-name their elementary school, which carried the name of a former D.C. mayor who enslaved people. [WAMU]

  • A D.C. firefighter was among those arrested for riding ATVs through the city last weekend. [WTOP]

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

  • Grading Duncan Hunter’s D.C. dining habits, outed in his indictment. [WCP]

  • Pinch-Hitting: What’s it like to work at Jessie Taylor Seafood? [WCP]

  • Now you can eat cookie dough sandwiched between cookies. [Washingtonian]

  • Two restaurants are in the works for the forthcoming Moxy Hotel. [WBJ]

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

  • NBC4’s Mark Segraves is honoring his late father’s work as a music critic by starting a fund to support local musicians in need. [Post]

  • Robin Bell keeps doing his thing, turning the Trump Hotel into a living artistic punchline. [WTOP]

  • Here’s your guide to celebrations of Latino culture around D.C. in the coming months. [Post]

  • Listen to bursts of “butt-naked expression” from Nappy Nappa. [WCP]

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

  • Some Ward 3 residents are upset about how the city introduced design changes to a homeless shelter in their neighborhood. [WCP]

  • Attorney General Karl Racine cracks down on landlords who don’t advertise the presence of short-term leases in rental apartment buildings. [Twitter]

  • How will D.C.’s new zoning rules affect developers? [Urban Turf]

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

  • Count on Katie Ledecky to be the lucky charm that the Nationals needed. With the Olympics superstar in town for the team’s “Swim Night,” the Nationals beat the Phillies, 8-7, on Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off home run.

  • The Professional Fighters League is coming to D.C. this fall. The new mixed martial arts organization will be hosting its semifinals at the new Entertainment and Sports Arena set to open this September at the site of the former St. Elizabeths Hospital. [Post]

  • The Undefeated’s Martenzie Johnson chatted with six current and former WNBA players, including the Mystics’ Delle Donne, about the sexism they’ve faced throughout their careers. [The Undefeated]

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

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