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John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, recently won release from St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric hospital in Southeast. But Franklin Frye—a man who was incarcerated on charges of stealing a $20 necklace—died in custody this year, having spent almost half a century at the hospital. Our cover story examines that disparity.


  • Tropical Storm Hermine could lead to heavy rainfall Labor Day weekend. [NBC4, Post]

  • Almost a year since Alonzo Smith was found dead with special police. [Think Progress]

  • Councilmember Jack Evans wants the Washington football team back in D.C. [NBC4]

  • Police say a pot deal gone wrong sparked last month’s McDonald’s shooting. [Post, AP]

  • A D.C. public elementary school principal has been put on administrative leave. [FOX5]

  • A gay D.C. police officer gets some help after being misgendered by colleagues. [Blade]

  • The Rhode Island Avenue Metro station was closed last night due to falling debris. [Post]


  • The Inquisition: Councilmember Mary Cheh wants to investigate an agency shake-up.

  • Rent Ploys: Some landlords of rent-controlled buildings provide arbitrary rent discounts.

  • Sex Barbershop: Councilmember Yvette Alexander decries a Florida Avenue NE shop.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jacque Patterson‘s State Board of Ed run edges closer to disaster. [LL]

  • After playground firetruck saga, a real firetruck. [Borderstan]

  • Talking 911 shutdown. [WAMU]

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

  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelicwill headline a free, government-sponsored concert at Canal Park on Sept. 10. [DC Music Download]

  • In which a tried D.C. cliche is made into a attempted viral video. [DCist]

  • Fall festival season is here. [Washingtonian]

  • Chateau Nightclub to reopen under new management. [WCP]

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

  • Another case for why Trump’s wrong about D.C. food. [Roll Call]

  • Restaurants are Instagrammable on purpose. [Washingtonian]

  • Introducing Takoma Beverage Company. [Eater]

  • Where to find matcha products in D.C. [DC Refined]

  • These are September’s best food events. [Zagat]

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

  • A group has applied for historic preservation of warehouses around Union Market. [Post]

  • More townhouses coming to Michigan Park, from Comstock. [WTOP, Builder Magazine]

  • 26-acre Ward 7 redevelopment near Minnesota Avenue NE receives financing. [BisNow]

  • Report: Smog contributes to thousands of asthma attacks in and around D.C. [Housing Complex]

  • Macy’s is closing a hundred stores. What’s going to happen to the one downtown? [Post]