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When the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens next weekend, Founding Director Lonnie G. Bunch, III will witness the public debut of the place he says he’s been thinking about for the past 11 years. In this week’s issue, we profile Bunch, look at the evolution of the museum’s design, and preview some of the local items that will occupy it.


  • Witnesses say a motorcyclist who was fatally shot by police did not intentionally crash into a police cruiser. [NBC4]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new police academy at a D.C. high school. [Post]

  • Police arrested a Maryland man charged with killing a transgender woman. [WTOP, NBC4]

  • Census says: D.C. and Maryland have the highest median incomes in the U.S. [Post]

  • Still, more District residents live in poverty than before the recession. [Housing Complex]

  • Beginning this Sunday, the D.C. streetcar will finally run seven days a week. [WTOP]

  • D.C. Democrats have appointed Robert White as an At-Large Councilmember. [WAMU]


  • Up in Michigan Park: Neighbors are divided over a planned development in Northeast.

  • Learning With Bernie: Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street has its very own official historian.

  • The Post Pub: The longtime Washington Post haunt/watering hole turns 40 on Sept. 20.

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

  • Get to know The Rememberables’ “big, heavy songs being played with big, heavy hearts.” [Post]

  • What to check out at H Street Fest tomorrow. [DC Music Download]

  • What to see at the AFI Silver’s Latin American Film Festival. [DCist]

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

  • Eater’s Bill Addison pens a love letter to crab cakes. [Eater]

  • Know the rules of tipping today. [Post]

  • Where to drink tiki drinks in D.C. [Thrillist]

  • This app helps bullied kids find dining companions. [NPR]

  • Clever election promotions at area restaurants. [Zagat]

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

  • Pepco’s old power station on Benning Road NE presents a solid opportunity for creative redevelopment. [Greater Greater Washington]

  • More affordable housing is being planned for River Terrace in Northeast. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C.’s median home has shrunk by square 200 feet over the past century. [Curbed DC]

  • At last: The scaffolding around the U.S. Capitol dome has finally come down. [DCist]

  • How to utilize the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act. [Greater Greater Washington]