Sick of the rain yet? So sorry to break it to you, but Capital Weather Gang tells us to expect “bursts of heavy rain” and a “firehose of tropical moisture” this week.


  • The D.C. State Superintendent of Education is expected to roll out a five-star ranking system for the city’s public schools in December, prompting critics to argue that high scores will bolster the reputation of strong schools while perpetuating negative stereotypes about schools in D.C.’s poorer neighborhoods. The system will assign stars to schools based on information like standardized test scores and graduation rates.

  • This month, two bike-sharing companies announced they would leave D.C. because of regulations that cap their fleets at 400 bicycles. Now, urbanists and cycling advocates are encouraging the city’s transportation department to think bigger when it comes to bikes, and want D.C. to accommodate 20,000 shared bikes.

  • In a wide-ranging press conference to address public safety concerns, MPD Chief Peter Newsham told observers that the department has made progress in tracking down the gunmen who killed 10-year-old Makiyah Wilsonthis month. Mayor Muriel Bowser, meanwhile, punted on questions about whether she’d authorize the release of certain MPD body cam footage.


  • If you live on the Red Line and don’t want to apparate to work, here’s a ranking of alternate routes.

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

  • Missed JetBlue connection: “We talked / joked around for a few minutes while boarding. My seat buddy could not have been worse, the whole thing was just ridiculous. You were playing the dots game and reading nonfiction about societal factors and level of care!” [craigslist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • During Monday’s public safety press conference, Newsham addressed the white nationalism rally a group will hold in D.C. next month. “Our role is to make sure we have a First Amendment event that goes on without any types of violence or destruction of property,” he reportedly said. [WTOP]

  • Ward 8 CouncilmemberTrayon Whiteplans to start a law degree online next month, and says he hopes to become a practicing lawyer. [Twitter]

  • The man charged with murdering five people in a mass shooting at Annapolis’ Capital Gazette newspaper last month pleaded not guilty. [WTOP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • Mirabellereopens Aug. 7 with a surprising new menu that includes fried clams. [WCP]

  • Why didn’t someone think of combining pancakes and tacos sooner? [WCP]

  • Barack Obamaand Joe Biden stop by Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown. [Washingtonian]

  • The potentially heated hearing on the act to repeal Initiative 77 is set for Sept. 17. [WBJ]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • D.C. trio Ultra Beauty announces debut EP, shares first single “Get Pure.” [Stereogum]

  • If you’re looking for some mid-summer reading recommendations, here’s what Mayor Muriel Bowser, José Andrés, E. Ethelbert Miller, Sean Doolittle, and other notable local figures are reading. [WAMU]

  • Our jazz critic reviews a new book that celebrates D.C.’s jazz history. [WCP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • Activists protested the imminent demolition of D.C. General by heckling the mayor outside of her home early Monday. [WCP]

  • Red Line-adjacent residents complain of disruptive construction noise during repairs. [Post]

  • Hillcrest has been a haven for the city’s black middle class. Residents wonder whether it will stay that way. [DCist]

  • A demolition nightmare. [PoPville]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • Washington Nationals star Trea Turner is the latest Major League Baseball player to apologize after his old tweets containing offensive language resurfaced. [ESPN]

  • It does not appear the weather will cooperate with the Citi Open tennis tournament this week. Several matches were postponed Monday, including one featuring Arlington’s Denis Kudla. Both he and Hyattsville native Frances Tiafoe are scheduled to play their singles matches today on Stadium court. [Twitter]

  • Basketball player and amateur comedianDwight Howard claims that he received interest from the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors before signing with the Wizards. He also said that an Instagram message from Wizards point guard John Wall sealed his decision to come to D.C. [Deadspin]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips?

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here. Send tips and ideas to