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Metro’s SafeTrack initiative supposedly ended over the summer, but more track work and station closures are in riders’ futures. The Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA stations on the Red Line will be closed from July 21 to Sept. 3 to deal with major platform issues and the Yellow Line bridge that carries passengers across the Potomac River will close between Nov. 26 and Dec. 9. Passengers got a preview of this inconvenience yesterday, when the Dupont Circle station was temporarily closed due to a power outage.


  • Metro bids farewell to its plagued 4000-series rail cars. [NBC Washington]

  • MetroAccess leader Christian Kent departs after report reveals that conditions within the para-transit service are “unprofessional and hostile.” [Post]

  • New memo says DCPS teachers won’t be evaluated on students’ pass rates this year. [WJLA]

  • D.C.’s three airports make traveling easier for some, more confusing for others. [Post]

  • Will local news expand in D.C.? You can guess how WCP feels about that. [WAMU]

  • Survey Says: Six percent of Washington-area residents are Jewish but few feel connected to the region’s Jewish community. [Post]

  • Want to sing the national anthem for Nationals fans? Try out next Friday. [WTOP]

  • Editorial: Federal decision not to move FBI HQ is a big waste of time and money. [WBJ]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by City Paper staff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • This week in community outreach: Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon Whitediscusses how DCPS teachers will be evaluated at Ballou High School. [WJLA]

  • While Ward 1’s Brianne Nadeau continues to fight for a dog park. [New Columbia Heights]

  • Charles Allen, Elissa Silverman, Ed Lazere, Jeremiah Lowery win DC for Democracy endorsements. [Twitter]

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

  • D.C. death metal act Genocide Pactrips and shreds on their debut album. [Pitchfork]

  • Ethiopian pop star-turned-D.C. cabbieHailu Mergia releases a new album this month. [Vice]

  • Damaged City Fest co-organizer Chris Moore discusses D.C.’s punk and metal scene. [DC Music Download]

  • Check out the Hirshhorn’s redesigned lobby, which includes a permanent Dolcezza outpost. [Washingtonian]

  • At night, see a Krzysztof Wodiczko piece first projected on the museum in 1988. [WAMU]

  • Listen to “All Star Break Up,” a newWale track. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

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

  • Silver Spring gets double-decker Mexican restaurants. And one serves breakfast. [WCP]

  • Sound like an oenophile next time you order wine in front of friends. [Washingtonian]

  • Soup’s on. [Zagat]

  • Latin American spot Benito’s Place earns high marks from Tim Carman. [Post]

  • Solo diners deserve dignity. [Eater]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Officials break ground on Frederick Douglass Bridge reconstruction. [NBC Washington]

  • New mixed-use building in Eckington will include shelter units for domestic violence survivors. [Bisnow]

  • Adams Morgan residents propose more ideas to limit car traffic on 18th Street NW. [UrbanTurf]

  • Development data startup Recity breaks even without fundraising. [Bisnow]

  • Architects plan to build a house carved into a hill in Kent. [UrbanTurf]

  • Developer razes gas station in Georgetown to prepare for residential project. [Georgetown Metropolitan]

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