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The Federal Transit Administration delivered a scathing report to Metro on Monday that criticized the agency’s handling of track inspections and maintenance. Now, even Metro’s board members are reportedly worried about an apparent lack of communication from staff. Moreover, the results of the report could affect the future of SafeTrack.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • WikiLeaks is offering $20,000 for information leading to a conviction in the killing of Seth Rich. [Post]
  • Activity at a small park near the Convention Center is making some of its neighbors feel unsafe. [NBC4]
  • Police say a transgender woman was stabbed and injured in Northeast on Tuesday. [DCist, FOX5, NBC4]
  • Bon Appétit has named D.C. the “Restaurant City of the Year,” praising several local gems. [Bon Appétit]
  • Audit: The District could improve its oversight of community benefits from big real-estate projects. [WBJ]
  • Where does D.C.’s $1.3 billion Capitol Crossing development (the one atop I-395) stand? [Washingtonian]
  • Bummer: Prepare yourself for extreme humidity and higher temperatures over the next several days. [Post] 

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

  • At-Large Challenger: An activist wants to vie with Robert White for Vincent Orange’s Council seat.
  • Doing It Live: Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is getting a Charleston-inspired restaurant, Live Oak.
  • Dogging the System: Some patrons are faking their pet’s status as an emotional support animal to bring them to restaurants.

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

  • Zoning woes for fast-casual restaurants [Post]
  • Columnist Deborah Simmons—or at least her stand-in—is real mad Orange had to resign. [Times]
  • Affordable housing scrap in Eckington [GGW] 

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

  • Wolf Trap’s production of La Bohème makes a good case for programming more opera there. [Post]
  • NPR pays tribute to the matriarch of regional theater in D.C., Zelda Fichandler. [All Things Considered]
  • Read an interview with the founder of the intimate concert series Sofar Sounds. [BYT]
  • There’s a campaign to get Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to write a D.C. statehood song, because of course there is. [DCist]

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

  • Restaurant Week lunch picks [Post]
  • Fresh and familiar restaurant ideas for vegetarians [Thrillist]
  • Agree these are D.C.’s essential brunches? [Eater]
  • An early look at 14th Street basement bar Kingfisher. [BYT]
  • Mary Celeste Beall will take over Blackberry Farm after her husband’s death. [NYT]

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