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Happy Monday, D.C. Expect scattered thunderstorms and cripplingly slow Metro service.


  • Thousands of people gathered in Lafayette Square on Sunday evening to condemn the message of Jason Kessler, a white supremacist responsible for organizing the fatal 2017 Charlottesville protest. “I’m Jewish and … I’ve never been face-to-face with someone who has so much hatred toward me, so I felt like I needed to feel that,” one woman told City Paper. “I’m here to show I’m not afraid, I’m not scared, and I’m not going to accept it,” another said. All told, the night was over before it started, with Kessler and his small group leaving the square about 20 minutes before demonstrations were scheduled to begin.

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser inked a letter of intent last Friday with Kimberly Russo, George Washington University’s hospital chief, to see the university operate a new hospital in Southeast Washington that will replace United Medical Center. D.C. officials and GW employees are aiming to finalize the terms of the deal by the end of this year, but the city’s goal is to see the hospital open on the campus of Saint Elizabeths in 2023.

  • Metro is privatizing parts of its bus service, signing a five-year, $89 million deal with French transportation company Transdev to run nine Northern Virginia bus lines. That represents five percent of its entire bus service.


  • Commute: It’s the first workday of the Orange, Blue, and Silver Line service changes. Here’s what to expect.

  • Data point: $3.9 billion in federal and local funds are approved for D.C.’s FY 2019 Health Care budget. [DCFPI]

  • Missed connection: “Saturday – Bandit Tacos. We shared a common annoyance . . . can you tell me what it was? :)” [craigslist]

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

  • Members of the D.C. Council express shock and outrage after reports circulated that WMATA provided white supremacists with a private downtown train. [Twitter, Twitter]

  • Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Jamie Raskin held an interfaith vigil Friday evening to ahead of Sunday’s rally. [WCP]

  • With the filing deadline for independent mayoral candidates passed, Muriel Bowser sees an easy route to reelection. [Post]

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

  • Lupo Verde alumni are opening a pizzeria near Union Market. [WCP]

  • These glowing squids are a seasonal delicacy. [WCP]

  • This deli is seeing a bump in business thanks to the Manafort trial. [WBJ]

  • Is Bolivia an overlooked wine region? [Post]

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

  • Damon Arhos channels Andy Warholand other pop art greats at IA&A at Hillyer. [WCP]

  • Arena Stage’s Dave paints a rosy picture of the presidency. [WCP]

  • Otakon comes to D.C. [DCist]

  • Rex (Alexandra) Delafkaran‘s solo exhibition shows how expansive ceramic art can be. [WCP]

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

  • Pepco wants to build a substation in Mount Vernon Triangle, but residents are fighting back. [Post]

  • Douglas Development seeks to increase the number of units in its Buzzard Point project. [Urban Turf]

  • An “exhausted” Truxton Circle resident complains of a long, hard summer in the neighborhood. [PoPville]

  • More on an effort to turn seven vacant properties in Anacostia and Congress Heights into affordable housing. [Curbed]

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

  • D.C. United may be in last place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, but the team’s recent superstar acquisition, Wayne Rooney, added to his legend with a last-second, cross-field assist for the game-winning goal. You’ll have to watch this one to believe it. [SI]

  • Speaking of superstar athletes, Katie Ledecky,who ended the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo with three gold medals, one silver, and one bronze, will return to D.C. on Aug. 22 for a pregame meet-and-greet when the Nationals’ host “Swim Night” at Nationals Park. [Post]

  • It’s a rough start for the local NFL team, which lost running back Derrius Guice for the season after the rookie tore his left ACL in the team’s first preseason game. Tight end Manasseh Garner also tore his ACL in the game. [Virginian-Pilot]

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

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