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During their first session after summer recess, District lawmakers voted 9-4 Tuesday to punt on legislation erstwhile Councilmember Vincent Orange introduced in December to regulate how food and retail chains with more than 40 establishments nationwide assign work hours for their employees. It’s now unlikely to be considered until at least next year, as the Council focuses on paid family leave.


  • It looks like online retailer Amazon will finally play by the rules, at least in D.C. [Post]

  • D.C. launches cab service for underserved wards. [WAMU]

  • In jest, five ways the Brangelina split affects District residents. [Washingtonian]

  • A panel of federal judges has begun weighing D.C.’s concealed-carry gun laws. [WAMU]

  • D.C. Public Schools hires a new athletic director. [Post]

  • A suspicious package investigation on Pennsylvania Avenue closed streets for hours yesterday. [NBC4]

  • Councilmember David Grosso plans to help struggling student loan borrowers. [Post]

  • The D.C. Council passed legislation that will help cyclists and pedestrian cover damages from crashes. [WUSA9, DCist]


  • Curbing “Concessions”: D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh aims to keep landlords on a shorter leash.

  • Label Launch: Sockets Records’ Sean Peoples is back with a new label, Atlantic Rhythms.

  • Feast Your Eyes: Meet the man upping the food at D.C. charter schools.

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

  • How RhizomeDC has become a haven for D.C.’s experimental music scene. [DC Music Download]

  • In her latest illustrated book, local artist Elizabeth Graeber explores famous redheads of the world. [DCist]

  • The house formerly known as Paperhaus is now on the market—renovated—for about three-quarters of a million dollars. [Washingtonian]

  • The D.C. Record Fair returns this Sunday. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Wing restaurant replacing Little Fountain Cafe. [WBJ]

  • Nine restaurants headed to Bethesda. [Bethesda Beat]

  • Arlington’s coffee game gets a boost. [Eater]

  • Picks and tips for this year’s Beer Week. [Thrillist]

  • People were burning cheese 3,000 years ago. [NPR]

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

  • Hundreds of residential units are slated for Georgia Avenue NW. [UrbanTurf]

  • Economic growth in the D.C. area fell behind that of other major U.S. metros. [WBJ]

  • Airbnb launches a D.C.-specific ad campaign targeting residents. [Housing Complex]

  • American University Park: Not a great place to actually find a home. [UrbanTurf]

  • New federal rules to make shelters more accommodating of transgender people. [Blade]

  • Anita Bonds wants to overhaul the District’s rent-control laws. [Housing Complex]

  • The D.C. area’s most affordable and accessible neighborhoods, ranked. [BisNow]