Happy Friday. It’s June. As summer temperatures continue to rise, so have homicides. The city has announced it will increase police presence in affected neighborhoods; local lawmakers, meanwhile, press for more money dedicated to anti-violence initiatives.


  • Federal prosecutors dropped their rioting charges against seven Inauguration Day protesters after a judge “determined that the government intentionally misrepresented information and withheld evidence from the defense.”

  • New Urban Institute data shows that D.C. lost about 31,000 low-cost rentals between 2005 and 2012, “cutting the supply of low-rent units nearly in half.”

  • Be on the lookout for storms this weekend. The “best chance” for widespread storms is Saturday afternoon, per the Capital Weather Gang.

  • Fifty years after the assassination of would-be president Robert F. Kennedy, two area authors are still grappling with unanswered questions about his life.

  • ICYMI, here’s a weekend read: As St. Elizabeths’ operations have dwindled, so has the hospital’s benighted history for LGBTQ patients. Its name now signals forward-looking real estate development as D.C.’s construction boom barrels east of the Anacostia River, but some of the darkest realities of St. Elizabeths are still largely hidden.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Ward 8 residents say a popular police commander was demoted as a scapegoat. [FOX5]

  • Bowser announces $800,000 in community grants for groups fighting violence. [Twitter]

  • Three men are shot and injured outside of a strip mall in Southeast on Thursday. [Post]

  • D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham says Ward 8 residents want more officers. [WAMU]

  • Several candidates running for office say they support decriminalizing sex work. [Blade]

  • Details emerge in the fatal shooting of a Ballou High School student in mid-May. [Post]

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

  • Wale’s The Mixtape About Nothing, 10 years later. [WCP]

  • Seventeen new music venues have opened in D.C. since 2013. Here’s a guide to all of them, and shows to catch this summer. [Post]

  • Local musician Alessandro Di Marzio, who performs as Fabrizio, talks about his creative process. [DC Music Download]

  • At Hamiltonian Gallery, Magali Hébert-Huot‘s sculptures take a long view of her native home. [WCP]

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

  • The sports bar business is tough, but the Caps are helping. [WCP]

  • This year’s fresh-faced rosé garden is in Nationals Park. [Washingtonian]

  • Is food media reluctant to tell women’s stories and thus part of the problem? [Eater]

  • Someone actually hates cheeseburgers. [Post]

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

  • All the rain D.C. got this month caused the roof of a rental building on Iowa Ave. NW to partially collapse, residents say, causing water to leak onto senior residents while they’re sleeping.

  • Finally: Some guidance on where to park your dang car. [PoPville]

  • Battle of the trash bins. [PoPville]

  • The prospect of Amazon coming to D.C. is helping (surprise)… the big guy. [WBJ]



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