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If Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has his way, the tri-jurisdictional rail system would shut down at 10 p.m. on Sundays and continue to close at midnight on all other days after the SafeTrack maintenance plan concludes next year. While Metro’s board would have to approve the policy, which the transit agency says would allow crews more time to conduct required repairs overnight, some restaurant and business groups are already pushing back against it.


  • A two-alarm fire in Logan Circle yesterday displaced a dozen residents and burned a dog. [NBC4, FOX5]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and other District officials promoted D.C. statehood at the DNC. [Post, NY Times]
  • More on the D.C. Jail’s conditions, concerns over which have reached a fever pitch in recent days [NBC4]
  • The District is moving closer to slowing traffic through Capitol Hill along Maryland Avenue NE. [WAMU]
  • D.C. has mandated that a share of its funds for solar initiatives targets low-income residents. [The Atlantic]
  • A corpse flower is blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden, and it’s about to smell really bad. [Washingtonian]


  • Playground Problems: Advocates say at least two D.C. parks do not comply with federal disability laws.
  • Inclusionary Zoning: The Zoning Commission voted last week to expand an affordable-housing program.
  • Cruising on Empty: Is it OK to pass cyclists who ride slowly toward red lights? Gear Prudence weighs in. 

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

  • Statehood activists confused, angry about rushed process [Times]
  • Metro scheduling change means bad news for the District’s nightlife industry. [Post]
  • Arts plan considers culture in the city [WAMU] 

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

  • Coming soon to Bandcamp: The entire Dischord Records catalog. [Bandwidth]
  • Buy art, get pot. [DCist]
  • Watch a new music video from American Television. [DC Music Download]
  • Merge Records signs Sneaks and will reissue her debut record Gymnastics. [Merge]
  • Another summer of smaller shows and acts at Fort Dupont and Carter Barron. [WCP]

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

  • Even more sandwiches from Alex McCoy [Washingtonian]
  • The Argonaut won’t talk about whether they’re closed for good. [Borderstan]
  • D.C. is one big pizza party. [Zagat]
  • Garrison celebrates one year in business on Barracks Row. [Eater]
  • D.C.’s BYOB options, caution corkage fees ahead [Thrillist]