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The U.S. Capitol went on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon as D.C. police confronted a suspect who fired a semi-automatic handgun at them from a getaway car near the Third Street Tunnel. On Wednesday morning, the Metropolitan Police Department announced three arrests related to the incident. It was the second such lockdown in a week.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- The D.C. Council unanimously moved forward a statehood referendum for November. [City Desk, Post]
- Lawmakers also advanced a bill that will reform the District’s crash-insurance status quo. [City Desk, Post]
- …but they were divided over a new food-service contract for D.C. Public Schools. (It passed). [Post, Times]
- Riders know Metrorail isn’t always safe, but a new report shows Metrobus has its problems as well. [Post]
- MPD Chief Cathy Lanier says overall crime is down three percent year-to-year. Some crime isn’t. [DCist]
- One gunman allegedly fired at D.C. police officers and took over an SUV in Southeast. [WTOP]
- Mayor Muriel Bowser has plans to bolster MPD’s cadet program to help solve for attrition. [Post, WTOP]
- AAA: The District is on pace to distribute more speed-camera tickets this fiscal year than last. [NBC4]
- When you hire a plumber or electrician in this town, do you really know who’s doing the work? [WAMU]
- D.C.’s first cider bar and first licensed winery opens in Shaw, on Florida Avenue, today. [Washingtonian]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- Po’boys in Park View: Chef Alex McCoy is replacing Alfie’s with NOLA-inspired Tchoup’s Market.
- Teen Metro Crime: A youth allegedly assaulted a Metro passenger, and it was caught on a viral video.
- Watch Out for Pocket Monsters: If you’re addicted to Pokemon Go, a D.C. police officer has tips for you.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Council backs statehood referendum. [Post]
- What happens after the statehood referendum? [WCP]
- Muriel Bowser proposal could expand police force. [Post]
- Council backs contributory negligence reform bill. [WCP]
- Hear about some ANC candidates. [Borderstan]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Local musicians Orlando Dixon, Christie Dashiell, and Owen Danoff discuss how competing on a reality TV show helped their careers. [DC Music Download]
- In which portraits come alive at the National Portrait Gallery. [Washingtonian]
- Fringe review: the yoga robot play AS IT WERE and/or WHAT (ever) DOESN’T MATTER is every bit as ridiculous as you’d expect.[WCP]
- And so is a play about Amelia Earhart in space. [WCP]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? email@example.com)
- Rasika’s Vikram Sunderam will debut Indian street food inside Ardeo + Bardeo. [Post]
- Del Ray’s Junction Bakery and Bistro has it all. [Washingtonian]
- Call it a comeback for Orange Crush cocktails. [Eater]
- Make room for seven new spots for fried chicken. [Zagat]
- Finally, someone explains everything about pho. [Lucky Peach]