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Happy August, D.C. The city has already seen a year’s worth of raineven though we’ve got five months left to go in 2018. Expect more rain on this Wednesday.


  • Members of the D.C. Council are grappling with whether to override voters and overturn Initiative 77, the ballot initiative passed by a decisive margin in June that will eventually eliminate the tipped minimum wage. The measure was decried by restaurant workers, who argued that it would ruin businesses and lead to pay reductions. The Council will hold a hearing on overturning 77 in September, when it returns from recess.

  • Two D.C. residents who quit their jobs to cycle around the world were murdered in an Islamic State-claimed attack in Tajikistan. They decided to travel, they wrote on their joint blog, “because life is short and the world is big and we want to make the most out of our youth and good health before they’re gone.”

  • Dozens of protestors demonstrated against the “inhumane” conditions at the D.C. Central Cell Block, which they say is infested with roaches and vermin, outside Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. “For 28 hours we were kept in filth. I sat up all night and killed roaches,” a pastor arrested last month for civil disobedience told City Paper. “It’s not about me going to jail, but there are prisoners living in inhumane conditions in the Nation’s Capital.”

  • Have an opinion on the National Zoo’s proposed security changes, or just want to know more about them? Speak your mind at this evening’s public meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


  • Expect a change in traffic patterns as the city rehabilitates parts of the GW Parkway.

  • Missed Whole Foods connection: “You were in a navy blue t-shirt shirt and just coming in from the upstairs parking lot. We made eye contact, and kept smiling at each other, but I wish I had stopped and said hello! This is a total shot in the dark.” [craigslist]

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

  • Facebook deleted the event page of a white supremacy counterprotest, citing concerns that the page was run by Russian bots. [DCist]

  • An ANC Commissioner asks a man to move his truck, emblazoned with the Confederate flag and parked in front of a playground. Man cites the First Amendment. [Twitter]

  • More on Trayon White’s decision to get an online law degree from televangelist Pat Robertson’s university. [DCist]

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

  • Exiles Bar has a happy hour worth checking out. [WCP]

  • How did D.C. restaurants rank in Bon Appetit’s 50 best new restaurants? [Bon Appetit]

  • Dupont Circle will be the next D.C. neighborhood to get a ChiKo. [WBJ]

  • Zenebech sets a new target opening date in Adams Morgan after the fire next door. [PoPville]

  • Food critic anonymity is slipping away. [Forbes]

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

  • Watch Flasher’s Tiny Desk Concert. [NPR Music]

  • This is just a bizarre tale of how a couple and the author found out about one of D.C.’s lesser-known museums: the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. [Post]

  • In his newest One Song essay, Chad Clark dissects the virtues of Janet Jackson’s classic “Got ‘Til It’s Gone.” [WCP]

  • As another season of Fort Reno wraps up, a look back at the timeline of its evolution. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Over 900 people and 37 organizations have signed onto a petition asking the mayor not to begin demolition on D.C. General. [Twitter]

  • An effort to bring more affordable housing to Montgomery County. [WAMU]

  • A zucchini bigger than a baby. [PoPville]

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

  • No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That Washington Nationals’ score from last night’s game against the New York Mets is real. [AP]

  • The Mystics’ ended the Atlanta Dream’s eight-game win streak in their first game since the All-Star break. Elena Delle Donne scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. [SB Nation]

  • MedStar Health bought the naming rights for the Capitals’ training facility and the Wizards’ basketball training facility set to be open in September. [WBJ]

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

  • Rock & Roll Hotel welcomes The Sheepdogs, a guitar-driven Canadian retro rock band. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20.

  • DMV rapper Rico Nasty continues her Nasty Tour with a performance at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25.

  • Co-editors Maurice Jackson and Blair Ruble chat about their book DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC, a collection of essays chronicling the history of jazz in D.C., at Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library. 7 p.m. at 1630 7th St. NW. Free.   

  • ANC 2F meets today at 7:00 p.m. 1501 14th St. NW.

  • ANC 2B also meets at 7:00 p.m. 9 Dupont Circle NW.

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