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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Mayor Muriel Bowserfulfilled one of her major campaign promises yesterday when she announced that the D.C. General family homeless shelter will close for good in the fall. The unsafe conditions in the former hospital have been well-documented, especially following the 2014 disappearance of 8-year-old resident Relisha Rudd. The transition on remaining families will be tough—four of the smaller replacement shelters aren’t scheduled to open until at least 2019, so residents will likely live in motels paid for by the city in the interim.


  • A man tried to kidnap a student on her way to Alice Deal Middle School. [Fox5, Post]

  • Homeless rapper Dirty Knucklezpaints “Fuck Trump!” graffiti around D.C. [HuffPost]

  • Supreme Court sides with police over wild 2008 party at abandoned D.C. house. [WTOP]

  • Police investigate anti-immigration flyers found on AU campus. [WTOP]

  • Adding an Amazon HQ could make the D.C. region even more unaffordable. [CityLab]

  • Is Amazon milking interested regions for incentives? [GGW]

  • On this 60+ degree day, we pause to remember 2016’s “Snowzilla” storm. [Fox5]

  • It’s not snow, but D.C. could see some thunderstorms today. [Capital Weather Gang]

  • Furloughed federal employees made the most of the very short shutdown. [NBC Washington]


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

  • Announcement of D.C. General closure isn’t related to Amazon HQ2, according to mayoral staff. [WTOP]

  • The FBI is now looking into Ballou High School’s grade inflation crisis. [NBC Washington]

  • DCPS placed a Ballou assistant principal on administrative leave last week. [Post]

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

  • D.C. releases a cultural plan that calls for more makerspaces and dedicated areas for street performers. [UrbanTurf]

  • Tennis, Dan Deacon, and DC Music Download’s six-year anniversary celebration are among the shows for you to check out this week. [DC Music Download]

  • Check out some truly psychedelic photos from ARTECHOUSE’s newest exhibition. [Washingtonian]

  • Check out a new music video from local blues rocker Jonny Grave. [DC Music Download]

  • Listen to a new track from RAtheMC. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

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

  • Restaurant Week haters can find solace at more than 60 restaurants that aren’t participating. [Eater]

  • Silver Spring’s beloved Quarry House Tavern is reopening next month. [Bethesda Mag]

  • Mason Social partner to open The People’s Drug in Alexandria. [Alexandria Living]

  • Filipino Kamayan feasts are becoming very popular. [NPR]

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

  • What happens to residents when the D.C. General shelter closes this fall? [WCP]

  • Only three of the smaller replacement shelters will open this year. [WAMU]

  • Georgetown student Rashema Melson recalls living at the former hospital. [NBC4]

  • Neighbors appeal two projects planned for near Union Market. [Bisnow]

  • Sale of Union Market warehouse lays groundwork for Union Terminal project. [WBJ]

  • View the new Palisades Library after its $2.3 million renovation. [Curbed DC]

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