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D.C. wanted to legalize weed. A congressman from Maryland wanted to restrict it. Their efforts birthed a booming underground delivery industry and hobbled the District’s medical marijuana program.


  • D.C. officials pivot to video, hope analytics can prevent traffic-related fatalities. [DCist]

  • Will Georgetown’s former West Heating Plant be granted historic status? [WBJ]

  • Police look for gunman following fatal Columbia Heights shooting Wednesday. [WUSA9]

  • Woman tries to kidnap a boy on the 92 bus, tells him “we are going to the feds.” [WJLA]

  • Mélisande Short-Colomb, 63 and a descendent of the slaves Georgetown University owned, begins her freshman year. [Post]

  • Ruth Odom Bonner, who was the daughter of slaves and helped open the NMAAHC last year, dies peacefully at 100. [Post]

  • Artist John Post Lee sets up inflatable Trump rat in Dupont Circle. [Fox5]

  • Bryce Harper still isn’t cleared to run, Nats don’t know if he’ll rejoin team before season’s end. [MASN]


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

  • On D.C.’s comprehensive data policy.  [D.C. Policy Center]

  • Pot dispensaries could be more diverse. [WAMU]

  • “DDOT Back in Time” website looks at history of D.C. transportation. [Frozen Tropics]

  • An ode to the 70 Metrobus. [GGW]

  • GSA employee foretold Capital Bikeshare—in the 1970s! [Post]

  • ICYMI: D.C. small business director steps down. [WBJ]

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

  • Light Beams announce new album on Don Giovanni Records, release first single. [Spark Mag]

  • These filmmakers are pissed that the Smithsonian is turning The National Museum of Natural History’s IMAX theater into a food court. [Washingtonian]

  • D.C. government kicks off a month celebrating the city’s loosely defined “creative economy” with 202Creates. [WAMU]

  • Protect-U announces new tape label, release compilation of unreleased music. [Bandcamp]

  • At Leica Store DC, a juried exhibition veers headlong into the gloom. [WCP]

  • Nine of D.C.’s best music podcasts. [DCist]

  • Ian SvenoniusEscape-ism to release debut album on Merge Records. [Merge]

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

  • Five D.C. proper cheesesteaks ranked from first to worst. [WCP]

  • Chef Aaron Silverman would most like to eat with the Obamas, Beyonce, and his mom. [Post]

  • You can help decide what happens to the throne from the Game of Thrones pop-up. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to find absinthe in D.C. [DCist]

  • Road trip to try these Baltimore area breweries. [Thrillist]

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

  • What should D.C. build on the RFK Memorial Stadium site in the coming years? [WAMU]

  • Former Columbia Heights auto shop makes way for new mixed-use project. [Curbed DC]

  • This fall, the District will get nine blocks of “shared streets.” What does it mean? [GGW]

  • Advocates call for reforms to D.C.’s “rapid rehousing” program for the homeless. [WLCH]

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