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Walking through the woods of Merriweather, it’s easy to see its history. Concert posters of some of its most historic performances are tastefully tacked on trees surrounding the path to the main gate. The Who and Led Zeppelin. Jimi Hendrix. The Grateful Dead. Janis Joplin. It’s where Jackson Browne recorded songs that would go onto his hit 1977 album Running on Empty. Where President Jimmy Carter joined Willie Nelson on stage during his campaign against Ronald Reagan and sang a duet of “Georgia on My Mind.” In the half-century of its existence, the famed amphitheater hasn’t just survived as a venue, it has also flourished as one of the country’s best outdoor concert spaces.  

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • No criminal charges for the D.C. officer who killed Terrence Sterling. [Post, WTOP]

  • Former D.C. cop indicted on teen sex trafficking charges. [Post, WTOP]

  • Obstetrics unit closure at United Medical Center, explained. [WAMU]

  • St. Mary’s County, Md. is bringing murder charges against opioid dealers. [Post]

  • A conversation about D.C. charter school Cesar Chavez Prep unionizing. [WAMU]

  • Criminal justice students at GMU write to a former neo-Nazi in prison. [Post]

  • Look inside the fan cave of a man who loves D.C.’s NFL team. [NBC4]

  • It’s Washington vs. Baltimore in tonight’s NFL preseason matchup. [ABC7]

  • Thunderstorm threats return tomorrow. Today will be lovely. [Post]

  • Georgetown opens a constitutional law institute. [WTOP]

  • A 22-year-old man is shot in the back and killed in Anacostia. [Post]

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

  • Federal merit board blocks firing of Veterans Affairs hospital director. [Post]

  • As the unit’s closure prompts mother to complain of poor care. [FOX5]

  • Simmons to D.C. officials: Stick to public health, not the hospital’s fate. [Times]

  • Should D.C. inmates serving time elsewhere be moved closer to home? [WAMU]

  • Community policing is working in Southeast. [WAMU]

  • ACLU, PETA, Yiannopoulos, sue Metro over ads for his book. [Times]

  • Online platform hooks drivers up with lawyer to fight traffic tickets. [DC Inno]

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

  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company is reviving Othello as its annual “Free For All” production. [Post]

  • WSC Avant Bard announces its 2017-2018 season. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Politics and Prose to open a new store at The Wharf. [DCist]

  • What area movie theaters bring to the region. [WAMU]

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

  • Swampoodle’s replacement bar will be called Moreland’s Tavern. [PoPville]

  • Nearly 50 coffee shops to fuel up at in the D.C. area. [Eater]

  • These bike paths have tempting stops along the way. [Edible]

  • The very best frozen treats in the region. [Washingtonian]

  • The government says no more bake sales supporting the Combined Federal Campaign. [Post]

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

  • Forget North Korea: D.C.’s amenities arms race is enough to unsettle some. [WCP]

  • What one driver and his organization are doing to help the District’s homeless. [Post]

  • Youth in the D.C. region who age out of foster care face housing challenges. [WAMU]

  • Verizon Center no more: Give a warm welcome to D.C.’s “Capital One Arena.” [WBJ]

  • Popular D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose to open new store at Wharf project. [DCist]

  • Revised plans for Georgetown Day School redevelopment aren’t mixed-use. [UrbanTurf]

  • Bloomingdale: Where home prices are high because their supply is limited. [UrbanTurf]

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