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Neighbors of the SunTrust Bank plaza in Adams Morgan are up in arms over the site’s planned redevelopment into a mixed-use luxury apartment building, even after developer PN Hoffman made concessions to reconfigure its design. The largely private plaza is home to an occasional farmers market and sporadic community events through the year. 

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Two men were shot in Dupont Circle last night, one block east of Connecticut Avenue NW. [Borderstan]
  • Marijuana activists protested against the federal government’s decision not to reclassify weed. [City Desk]
  • Remember that D.C. streetcar jingle? A public-records request shows it cost roughly $6,000. [Loose Lips]
  • The D.C. agency tasked with building new homeless shelters is losing its leader. [Housing Complex, WBJ]
  • Police are looking for a 45-year-old suspect in regards to a shooting at a recreation center this week. [Post]
  • A second MetroAccess operator has been charged with sexually assaulting a passenger this week. [WTOP]

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

  • Make New American Great Again: What does the seemingly ubiquitous culinary label “New American” really signify?
  • Flex Your Ears with this flowchart of prominent local punk label Dischord Records’ accomplishments
  • Downtown BBQ: Cleveland Park-based Fat Pete’s is working to add a second location, on 18th Street NW. 

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

  • How’s the Council gonna handle all these freshmen? [Times]
  • Talking Council vacancies on Kojo Show [WAMU]
  • Firefighters prep for streetcar emergencies. [Borderstan]
  • Talking ANCs [Borderstan]

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

  • Smithsonian hires Rachel Goslins to head the Arts and Industries building. [Post]
  • Listen to “Wonder Woman,” the debut single from D.C. duo Milk$. [Bandwidth]
  • Lighthouse Studio owner Peter Larkin discusses the trials and tribulations of running a recording studio. [DC Music Download]
  • Local artist Kri Van Sloun discusses their new art project “Bathtub Project.” [Washingtonian]
  • In some somewhat depressing news, Rosslyn’s Artisphere will become a co-working space. [DCist] 

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

  • Tim Carman gets sappy over picking crabs. [Post]
  • Sushi Taro‘s omakase is not cultural appropriation. [Thrillist]
  • Dupont Circle gets a new café. [Borderstan]
  • Kingfisher‘s grand opening is Saturday. [Eater]
  • Newk’s it is for Northern Virginia. [WTOP]