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It’s Friday. It’s still rainy.


  • On Thursday afternoon, an Amtrak train carrying more than 190 passengers derailed just south of Union Station. None of the passengers on the train, which was en route to New York from New Orleans, reported injuries.

  • Speaking of transportation issues: Expect a 16-day disruption on the Orange, Silver, and Blue Lines, from August 11 to 26. The Orange and Silver Lines will only run every 20 minutes, likely causing significant crowding, while the Blue Line will run every 16 minutes during rush hour. NBC4 reports that there won’t be any bus or rail service between Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery. “Only use Metro if you have no other option,” WMATA says in a statement. Comforting!

  • Senators from both political parties killed a bill this week, introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), that would have eliminated D.C.’s individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a statement saying that Cruz attempted “to undermine the will of Washingtonians.”


  • Commute: A change in traffic patterns as the city fixes parts of the GW Parkway.

  • Data point: This interactive map shows zero death sentences in D.C. since 1990. (Hover your mouse over Los Angeles County to check that city’s numbers.)

  • Missed connection: “You were playing switch on the subway, and I think you kept looking at me. I was too nervous to say hi, but I wanted to.” [craigslist]

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

  • U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man after finding ammunition and a gun in his vehicle. [Post]

  • Anita Bonds retweets a message saying that WMATA “embarass[es] this city.” [Twitter]

  • Police issue an Amber Alert for a girl they believe was abducted from Reagan National today. [ARLNow]

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

  • Mount Pleasant’s new ice cream shop has a punk rock side. [WCP]

  • What do pickle producers and ice cream makers crave while pregnant? [WCP]

  • Brothers and Sisters now serves afternoon tea. [Washingtonian]

  • Why salad is often to blame for foodborne illnesses. [Eater]

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

  • At the Hirshhorn, a wild and uneven survey of George Baselitz‘s abstractions. [WCP]

  • Yeah,Rico Nasty is D.C.’s next biggest hip-hop export. [Post]

  • How DMV Deep is repping D.C.’s electronic underground. [DC Music Download]

  • Meet D.C.’s newest theater company, Fractal Theatre Collective. [DCist]

  • Film review: Puzzle is a refreshing character study. [WCP]

  • Another film review: Custody paints the terrifying picture of a horrible custody battle. [WCP]

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

  • Documents City Paper obtained through a FOIA request offer a glimpse into the decision-making machine that has helped guide urban development in D.C.

  • A note on H Street NE “springing to life.” [Post]

  • The tricky business of historic preservation. [Post]

  • A mixed-use shopping center in Ward 7 sells way, way, above its last assessed value. [BisNow]

  • Redeveloping the Old Soldiers’ Home. [WAMU]

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

  • The Washington Kastles just missed out on the World Team Tennis finals after losing to the Orange County Breakers. The local team, which included Frances Tiafoe, Venus Williams, and Naomi Osaka at different points in the season, finished with a 7-7 record. [WTT]

  • Tiafoe’s childhood tennis friends remember playing against him when they were teens. They’re still rooting for him. [WCP]

  • The only move the Nationals made before the trade deadline was sending reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Cubs, reportedly because the team believed he was the source of a critical report. But the report’s author says he has never spoken to Kintzler. [New York Post]

  • Washington Spirit’s Rose Lavelle helped the U.S. women’s national soccer team win the Tournament of Nations tournament over Brazil. [SB Nation]

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


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