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In City Paper this Thursday: a different kind of savings account for restaurant workers, saving the birds, the attorney general gets flak for new lawsuits, and D.C.’s public housing agency is still allowing tenants to live in deplorable conditions.


  • Walls of cockroaches. Bubbling sewage. Rats chewing through refrigerators. City Paperspoke to six public housing residents, or their attorneys, living in DCHA properties across every quadrant of the city. Their stories, which span public housing complexes like Barry Farm, Greenleaf Gardens, Montana Terrace, and the Oak Street Apartments, are presented in this week’s cover story. “We know that there are private landlords that have been operating as slumlords across the District,” says one tenant advocate for low-income residents. “[But it’s] no question that the biggest slumlord in Washington is the city itself.”

  • Attorney General Karl Racine announced a series of lawsuits his office filed against negligent building owners this week, including one Eckington “drug haven” that regularly receives calls from the police. But advocates say this amounts to increased policing of groups vulnerable to displacement.

  • Two years after their contract last expired, Metro’s largest union finally reached an agreement with the transit authority over increased pay and contract workers. Union workers will receive an additional 1.6 percent over four years, pay increases that amount to $82 million.

  • A building-wide blackout at Reagan National Airport left travelers petrified.


  • Missed connection: “Long shot here but to the short white man with the punk rock red and black hair and ear piercings that drop his wallet on the ride on bus this morning to C ST. Your [sic] Freaking Hot.” [craigslist]

  • Savage Love: I can’t get my boyfriend to delete photos of his ex from Instagram. [WCP]

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

  • Elissa Silverman has words for her At-Large Council challenger S. Kathryn Allen. [DC Line]

  • The National Park Service considers charging people for demonstrations to offset their cost. [WTOP]

  • The remains of three skeletons found in Southeast have been identified. [Post]

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

  • Why D.C. restaurant workers participate in savings circles popular in places where formal banking isn’t always a viable option. [WCP]

  • Where to find the sexiest SPAM musubi now through Sunday. [WCP]

  • The story behind the area’s deaf-owned brewery. [DCist]

  • Get ready to see more women and minorities in the world of food criticism. [Post]

  • Blue Duck Tavern has yet another new chef. [Washingtonian]

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

  • A blending of art and fantasy help create the music of local pop duo Stronger Sex. [Post]

  • All hail the greatest movie ever filmed in D.C., DC Cab. [BYT]

  • Film review: Crazy Rich Asians is crazy good fun. [WCP]

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

  • Multiple children of housing voucher recipients have tested positive for elevated levels of lead after being exposed to it in their homes. [Post]

  • Attorney General Karl Racine says CityPartners did not pay the nearly $900,000 it owes to fund an abatement plan for a dilapidated Congress Heights property, last owned by Sanford Capital. [Twitter]

  • GGW would like the Post to know that YIMBYs are nuanced, too. [GGW]

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

  • Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler did a deep dive on Su’a Cravens’ falling out with the local NFL team. Was he a victim or a quitter? The answer is more complicated than you’d think. [SI]

  • RFK Stadium will be hosting a day-long event on Sept. 15 showcasing six D.C. high school football teams. [Post]

  • “I really like the way we’re playing baseball, too,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said on his weekly appearance on The Sports Junkies. “That’s the ironic part of it.”

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

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