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Before he was fatally shot in the head, Osama El-Atari was once considered a prince of Loudoun County, with a fleet of fancy cars to boot. But the bank fraudster turned jail informant may have drawn attention from the wrong people. Will Sommer digs into El-Atari’s puzzling death for our cover story this week.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Union Station was briefly evacuated yesterday afternoon over a suspicious package. [NBC4, FOX5, Post]
- A man who was sleeping in his car in Northeast was shot in the neck early this morning. [WUSA9, WJLA]
- Why is Metro seeing more red-signal overruns? “Zoned out” operators could be partly to blame. [WAMU]
- A lawyer for an inmate accused of murder argued that the heat at the D.C. Jail is cruel and unusual. [DCist]
- Adele Robey—the founder of the Anacostia Playhouse theater—discusses gentrification and art. [WAMU]
- An 11-year-old dog called Lucy was rescued after fleeing a house fire in Logan Circle. [City Desk, WTOP]
- “Carnivorous plants” sign in Columbia Heights stirs confusion, ends up as social commentary. [Borderstan]
- More than 4,000 people have said they will attend a “Pokemon Go” walk on the Mall on Saturday. [NBC4]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- Families in Need: About 15,000 D.C. residents receive cash payments through benefits that may diminish.
- Instaworthy: Restaurant staff are learning how to take good photos of food to get customers in the door.
- Homeless in the Heat: Many of the District’s homeless don’t know where to go during the hottest months.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Muriel Bowser talks statehood at the convention. [Post]
- What’s next for Maryland Ave. NE rebuild? [WAMU]
- Court injunction keeps anti-abortion activist away from charter school [Post]
- Teachers can take advantage of new subsidized apartments. [Post]
- Big wage bump for District REI employees [WBJ]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? email@example.com)
- Listen to the new EP from The Internal Frontier. [Bandwidth]
- Crooked Beat Records finds a new home in Alexandria. [DC Music Download]
- The rise and fall, and potential rise again, of nerdiness in D.C. [Washingtonian]
- Read an interview with 9:30 Club booker Melanie Cantwell. [DC Music Download]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The word “climatarian,” explained [Edible DC]
- Wunder Garten opens in its permanent home Aug. 5 [Washingtonian]
- Fresh picks for the gluten-free crowd [Eater]
- Sayonara small plates. Maybe? [Post]
- No limit to Peter Chang‘s excitement about Bethesda [Bethesda Beat]