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Traffic? Nah Brah.

If you can’t give the people reliable service, you can at least give them a customizable tote bag. That’s what D.C. residents think, at least, about the WMATA’s newly released (sometimes charming) selection of Metro-themed merchandise, some of which includes, yes, a T-shirt reading “Traffic? Nah, Brah.”  

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • In 2007, City Paper’s Dave Jamiesonwrote a cover story about a 1985 fire that resulted in the deaths of two people, where he broke the news that serial arsonist Thomas Sweatt, with whom Jamieson extensively corresponded, confessed to starting the fire and consequently killing two people. Over a decade later, on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that the Metropolitan Police Department will re-open that case after its homicide unit’s cold case team received “an inquiry.”

  • The D.C. Council took a definitive step Tuesday toward rolling back rental protections for tenants living in single family homes. [WCP]

  • The League of American Bicyclists gave D.C. a gold star, of sorts, for its friendliness to cyclists—the first major city on the East Coast to receive the distinction. [GGW]

  • There is (allegedly) an influx of market-rate developers interested in pursuing affordable units. [Bis Now]

  • Rumors have circulated that Mike Rizzo, general manager of the Washington Nationals, might not be around after his contract expires this season. But he just bought a rowhouse by Nats Stadium. Is is a tell or a coincidence? [WBJ]

  • Matt Terl has thoughts on two new local sports reporting ventures, The Sports Capitol and Like It Or Not. [WCP]

  • Reston Limousine is trying to compete with Uber and Lyft by offering referral bonuses and increasing drivers’ pay. [WBJ]

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser to Post board: I won’t testify about Antwan Wilson mess. [Post]

  • Ward 6 ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp on why she isn’t voting for Bowser. [THIH]

  • The mayor cannot seem to shake a string of bad news about education. [Times]

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White plans demonstration over jobs at project. [WJLA]

  • Visitors parking permit fraud? Northeast residents say there are too many cars! [NBC4]

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

  • The Funk Parade probably won’t happen this year. [Facebook]

  • Two Inch Astronaut to go on indefinite hiatus. [DC Music Download]

  • Synetic Theater announces its 2018/2019 season, which includes silent productions of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Richard III. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Things that’ll make you say “d’awwww”: The Harlem Globetrotters help a centenarian celebrate her birthday for the second year in a row. [WAMU]

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

  • Bub & Pop’s has been beefing with Washingtonian, and here’s why. [WCP]

  • Introducing “Meat Madness” at The Partisan. It’s what it sounds like.  [WCP]

  • If Momofukudoesn’t serve ramen, is it still Momofuku? [Washingtonian]

  • Maizalwill bring arepas and churros to the lunchtime crowd at L’Enfant Plaza. [Eater]

  • The Masala Story and Indigo owners are still in a family feud. [Post]

  • Could this be the beer you drink all summer? [WTOP]

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

  • Urban Turf helpfully breaks down what exactly it means to have right of first refusal. [Urban Turf]

  • Why planned unit developments are an important tool the city should use to fight rising rents and foster diverse neighborhoods. [GGW]

  • If you’ve ever wanted to know where the 25 most expensive homes in the city are, now you know. [Curbed]

  • How a neighborhood in Ward 7 tackled pedestrian safety—and learned a lesson about community organizing in the process. [GGW]

HAPPENING TODAY:

  • ANC 8C’s monthly meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. 12730 MLK Jr. Ave.

  • ANC 3D meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. 4500 Mass. Ave. NW.

  • ANC 1C meets tonight, also at 7:00 p.m. 2355 Ontario Road NW.

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

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