Happy Friday. May your morning be filled with light, joy, and infinite bird-flippin’ notes from total strangers.


  • D.C. EMS Captain Richard Hall calls the synthetic marijuana that likely caused over 170 people to overdose around the city since Saturday “some of the nastiest stuff I’ve seen.” A version of the drug that was confiscated this week contained an anticoagulant used in rat poison.

  • Starbucks will open its first signing store in the U.S., with all of its deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing employees proficient in American Sign Language. It’ll open in October on H Street NE, near Gallaudet University.

  • Congressional Republicans are trying to block D.C.’s effort to require that all residents have health insurance, as well as prevent the city from using local dollars to 1) help low-income women receive abortions, 2) commercialize recreational pot, and 3) help terminally ill residents end their lives. “Until we have statehood, the will of Washingtonians will continue to be overturned by members of Congress who represent neither the people nor values of Washington, D.C.,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement.

  • More than three years after they filed a lawsuit against Metro for the death of their mother, two men agreed to an out-of-court settlement with the transit authority. Their mother, 61-year-old Carol Glover, died in 2015 after smoke filled a tunnel in the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. While her sons initially sought $50 million in damages from Metro, the terms of their settlement are sealed.

  • Thousands of people have raised nearly $700,000 for funds established in honor of the five journalists killed in the shooting at the Capital Gazette.


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

  • ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp challenges Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to return his government parking pass by plastering her own to his office door. [Twitter]

  • Activists remain peeved at the prospect of handing Amazon millions in tax dollars. [WAMU]

  • If you use an agency car and park it in a bike lane, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd is coming for you. [Twitter]

  • Councilmember David Grosso laments the temporary closure of 2Amys. [Twitter]

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

  • Happenstance Theater makes a triumphant Fringe return with Barococo. [WCP]

  • Get ready to laugh: The Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy Festival is in full swing. [Post]

  • Film review! Eighth Grade is an authentic—and painful—exploration of the awkward teen years. [WCP]

  • Another film review! Dark Money is a deep dive into the corruption of Montana’s state government. [WCP]

  • Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and other big-name artists will be featured in Glenstone’s new building. [Post]

  • Watch a new music video from Cinema Hearts. [BYT]

  • This week’s jazz agenda, for all you jazz heads. [WCP]

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

  • Restaurateurs face risks when they scrap their concepts and start anew. [WCP]

  • Where to find a mound of buttery rice flecked with seaweed. [WCP]

  • The bar at the Trump’s D.C.hotel continues to serve wacky, expensive offerings. [Washingtonian]

  • Peter Chang’s next restaurant, Mama Chang, is coming to Fairfax. [NoVa Mag]

  • Warm hospitality is what links some of America’s busiest restaurants. [Post]

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

  • Playtime Project struggles to scale its services to motel shelters. [Post]

  • Who counts as homeless? [City Lab]

  • Google Earth’s new images of D.C. reflect a city in flux. [GGW]

  • Looks like Georgetown is betraying even its own to build more luxury apartments. [Urban Turf]

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

  • D.C. United’s debut at Audi Field was an on-field success, but the team found itself at the center of an accident before the game even started. On Saturday, United’s sideline reporter and vice president of marketing and communication Lindsay Simpson was hit by a large falling object while filming a pre-game broadcast. Simpson tells City Paper that she suffered a concussion and has not worked in the days since. [WCP]

  • As if Alex Ovechkin didn’t have enough reason to celebrate this summer, the Washington Capitals leader became the first NHL player to win ESPY for best male athlete of the year. [RMNB]

  • Dwight Howard is coming to D.C., and as it turns out, Wizards point guard John Wall had something to do with that. [Washington Times]



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