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When respected officer Adrian James lost his Metropolitan Police Department badge, “he didn’t just tumble into the life of a gangster: He took a running start and leaped.” Read about James’ fall from grace to his rise as an informant in a murder cased linked to a city official in this week’s issue.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s administration forced out top department officials after a campaign donor wasn’t awarded city contracts. [WAMU]
  • Questions about a train derailment in July as well as other operational issues persist after Metro’s board meeting yesterday. [WAMU, Post]
  • More than 20 lawyers and judges want retiring D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield‘s seat. [Post]
  • D.C. police have released new video and photos related to a fatal hit and run blocks from Dupont Circle earlier this month. [NBC4, WUSA9]
  • Capital Weather Gang: “Data show marked and consequential increases in D.C. summer temperatures over last 50 years.” [Post]
  • A modest proposal for achieving statehood for the District. [Washingtonian]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • Sign of the Times: Deaf diners have given a boost to Union Market’s business over the years, in part since it’s near Gallaudet University. 
  • I Scream, You Scream: Ice Cream Jubilee owner Victoria Lai plans to open a second location—at 14th and T streets NW—next month.
  • We Can’t Stop Watching These Newseum Videos: A Twitter user uncovered old playacting broadcast news videos. We’re still watching.

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

  • R&B singer Gallant returns home for a show at U Street Music Hall. [Post]
  • The D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities is throwing a music festival at the Lincoln Theatre on Labor Day weekend. [DC Music Download]
  • The history of hip-hop in the D.C. area…told through the lens of Wale. [Billboard]
  • With “Permacounterculture,” Hamiltonian gallery becomes a greenhouse and a punk venue. [WCP]

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

  • Diner en Blanc hatred, explained. [Post]
  • A look at D.C.’s first distillery pub. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C.’s Nobu will be quite delayed. [Eater]
  • Introducing a bark with a darkroom. [Borderstan]
  • Instant ramen is currency in prison. [Thrillist]

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

  • Bowser to hotel-condo developer Don Peebles: Give me no less than the 61 affordable housing units you promised east of the river. [Post]
  • Tenants of the Brookland Manor complex in Northeast sue owner MidCity Financial Corp. for alleged discrimination. [Housing Complex]
  • Initial construction could begin on the 11th Street Bridge Park as early as September. [UrbanTurf]
  • Can the National Park Service effectively maintain the dozens of urban parks that it manages in the District? Our bets are on no. [WAMU]
  • The tiniest house in D.C. is 371 square feet. [UrbanTurf]