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Steel yourself for a week of intense rain, Washington. Don’t forget your umbrellas, but hold onto them for dear life.


  • In just four months, one part of an 18-mile tunnel network created to clean the Anacostia and Potomac rivers has diverted one billion gallons of sewage and 100 tons of trash away from the Anacostia. “It’s scary how much used to go into the river,” Ryu Suzuki, manager of process engineering at DC Water, told the Post. The entire project is $2.7 billion.

  • Former D.C. archbishop Theodore McCarrick, suspended one month ago by the Vatican after credible allegations of sexual abuse were made against him, faces four new claims of sexual misconduct.

  • Family, friends, and neighbors gathered Sunday to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Makiyah Wilson, the 10-year-old girl killed last week in Northeast D.C. after masked gunmen fired into a crowd. Her community is still grappling with the loss, and parents are newly worried about their children walking around alone outside.


  • Missed White House connection: “Any chance the man from Colorado is still in DC? We chatted by the White House on 17th Street when traffic was stopped. Wish I would have asked if you were single.” [craigslist]

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

  • D.C. Councilmembers Phil Mendelson and Elissa Silverman made an unexpected trip to the Holocaust Museum last week. [WCP]

  • Attorney General Karl Racine is asking for more transparency from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [Post]

  • Opinion: The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education “is still embarrassing itself with a sloppy and unnecessarily traumatic investigation of residency fraud” at Duke Ellington. [Post]

  • There’s no insult more brutal than “bless your heart.” [Twitter]

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

  • How a Georgetown student Rebecca F. Kuang published her epic fantasy debut novel before she turned 22. [WCP]

  • How do you do, kids: The Smithsonian secretary has a youth advisory council. [Post]

  • Artist Holly Bass discusses the influences on her latest project, The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Here’s what to check out in the last week of the Capital Fringe Festival. [DCist]

  • “Ethical non-monogamy” comes to the stage in 50 Ways to Date your Aubrey. [WCP]

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

  • Did you hear the one about the bartender who found $3,000 worth of booze on the sidewalk? [WCP]

  • Four local drink trends, according to a liquor distributor. [WCP]

  • Feast your eyes on this breakfast pot pie on The Smith’s brunch menu. [WCP]

  • Pulitzer Prize winning Los Angeles restaurant critic Jonathan Golddies at age 57. [Post]

  • Unexpected consequences from Trump’s bad behavior? [Post]

  • Todd Thrasher evolves from bartenders to distiller. [NYT]

  • The owners of Laotian restaurant Thip Khao are opening another restaurant. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Want to live inside a fire hydrant? Now you can. [WCP]

  • Arguments over the density of a shopping center in Ward 7 has become a proxy for bigger questions of equitable development. [GGW]

  • The highest prices per square foot in D.C. [Urban Turf]

  • Advocates have remaining concerns about D.C. General’s closure. [Street Sense]

  • ICYMI: A roundtable over the future of Barry Farm yielded few certainties for residents of the beleaguered public housing property. [WCP]

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

  • Call it the Leonsis Bowl. Despite a 2-10 regular season record, the Washington Valor has advanced to play the Baltimore Brigade (7-5 in the regular season), in Saturday night’s ArenaBowl XXXI, the Arena Football League’s championship game. Both teams are owned by Monumental Sports and Entertainment, the company founded by chief executive Ted Leonsis. [Times]

  • United at last? D.C. United has reached an agreement with all three of its supporter groups, putting an end to an ugly feud between the club and some of its most passionate fans. Two groups protested at the Audi Field opener due to what they felt were exclusionary practices by United. [WCP]

  • Stephen Strasburg’s first start since returning from injury didn’t exactly work out. He allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night before getting taken out of the game. It was followed by a heated exchange with fellow Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer in the dugout. [ESPN]


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