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When a 47-year-old AIDS patient living in United Medical Center’s nursing home had trouble breathing early in the morning of Aug. 25, he alerted the nurses on call. Instead of raising his bed, the nurse attending to Warren Webb lowered it, allowing him to roll out of the bed and onto the floor. When the staff finally checked on Webb 20 minutes later, they couldn’t find a pulse: He had died of a heart attack. This story is the latest in a series of problems for the District’s only public hospital. Regulators shut down its obstetrics ward in August due to safety concerns. Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray will hold a hearing today to discuss whether the hospital needs new management.


  • UMC’s operators want George Washington Medical Faculty Associates to oversee all its physicians. [WBJ]

  • Thousands of Pepco customers are without power after Sunday night’s storms. [WJLA]

  • Metro says it won’t raise fares or limit service for 20 months, according to a new budget. [Post]

  • The D.C. Council wants to make it easier to pay traffic fines. [WTOP]

  • Nats hire former Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to be new manager. [NBC4]

  • D.C. continues to limit subsidized taxi rides for disabled residents. [WTOP]

  • Man found strangled to death in Benning Road NE apartment Saturday. [NBC4]

  • 3rd Street Tunnel project ties up traffic on Massachusetts Ave. NW. [WTOP]

  • The happiest man in D.C. says the key to a long life is raw veganism and essential oils. [WUSA9]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Phone poll tests public appetite for a Vince GrayMuriel Bowser rematch. [FOX5]

  • Wiedefeld asks local governments to pony up for Metro’s operating budget. [Post]

  • Bright signs will tell you where to stand on Metro platforms. [WAMU]

  • Police make second arrest in shooting death of Jamahri Sydnor. [DCist]

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

  • How the National Museum of Women in the Arts assembled nearly 500 female artists for a historic photo. [WCP]

  • The short, strange history of the Ambassador Theatre, a legendary Adams Morgan concert venue. [DC Music Download]

  • A Chorus Line star Donna McKechnie discusses her role in Arena Stage’s The Pajama Game. [Post]

  • Elena & Los Fulanos‘ new albumVolcán is a bilingual folk album for the resistance. [WCP]

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

  • Smoke & Barrel’s basement will become a cocktail bar Thursdays through Sundays. [WCP]

  • D.C. now has a cafe dedicated to matcha green tea. [Washingtonian]

  • Kith and Kinfrom Kwame Onwuachi gets its first review. [Post]

  • The group behind Provision No. 14 and The Prospectwill open a food hall. [WBJ]

  • How to prevent sexual harassment in restaurants. [NRN]

  • Transgender chefs share stories about discrimination in restaurant kitchens. [Eater]

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

  • Rents for D.C.’s higher-end apartments decreased slightly this year. [Post]

  • Developer Monty Hoffman buys a $4 million condo at The Wharf. [WBJ]

  • Opponents of the controversial Brookland Manor development in Ward 5 may appeal the Zoning Commission’s decision. [Bisnow]

  • Ward 3 neighbors continue to complain about Fannie Mae redevelopment. [UrbanTurf]

  • Takoma Park grocery store challenges the need for a new mixed-use project. [GGW]

  • Three D.C. neighborhoods where homes still cost $500,000. [UrbanTurf]

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