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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? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.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? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Local musicians Orlando DixonChristie 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? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.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]