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A historically leaky part of Metro’s Red Line turned positively stormy on Tuesday afternoon, becoming a reservoir of flash flooding that pummeled the region. Riders exiting the Cleveland Park station had to wade through Titanic-like conditions, which forced its closure for roughly two hours after 6:30 p.m. Brave souls tweeted their way home.


  • The D.C. Council officially approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage increase. [City Desk, WAMU, Post]
  • The District has announced more stringent standards for lead levels in public water. [FOX5]
  • Lawmakers will mark-up a controversial proposed bill on fair scheduling practices come Thursday. [Times]
  • A new report finds that D.C. children face some of the harshest economic barriers in the nation. [City Desk]
  • Lame-duck councilmembers helped shut down a campaign-finance reform measure yesterday. [Loose Lips]
  • Cyclists and pedestrians rejoice: The D.C. Council is set to reform “contributory-negligence” laws. [NBC4]
  • Another congressional Republican—this time from Arizona—wants to void D.C.’s gun laws. [City Desk]
  • D.C. is pushing to become a state yet again this year. But is it doing so in the most effective way? [WAMU]
  • Post op-ed on violence: “What does it mean when five D.C. kids are shot and there’s no outcry?” [Post] 


  • To Still a Mockingbird: Shaw bar Mockingbird Hill will close for the summer to revamp (more cocktails).
  • RIP, Preston Blue: The prominent District go-go producer and manager died last week at the age of 49.
  • High Hopes?: Legal-marijuana advocates argue that a bipartisan effort could get rid of D.C.’s weed rider.

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

  • Council approves $15 minimum wage. [WAMU]
  • Council’s lame ducks help to block campaign finance reform. [LL]
  • Scheduling bill heads to committee on Thursday. [Times]
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl owner unhappy with scheduling bill. [Real Clear Politics]
  • Courtland Milloy: The District is too tolerant of kids being shot. [Post]
  • Should this Northwest neighborhood have sidewalks? Neighbors have a surprising answer. [Washingtonian]
  • Zoning Commission raps NoMa developer for lack of community benefits. [WBJ]
  • MPD launches nightlife zones to protect cab- and Uber-hailers. [WCPPost] 

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

  • CulturalDC sells Flashpoint Gallery. [WCP]
  • The best live venues in the D.C. area. [Washingtonian]
  • Listen to Mistochord‘s new futuristic concept album New World Voyage. [Bandwidth]
  • Details on the African American History Museum’s music collection. [DC Music Download]
  • Famed go-go producer and manager Preston Blue has died. [WCP] 

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Founding Farmers writes manifesto after zero-star review. [WBJ]
  • D.C.’s essential sandwiches [Eater]
  • Eight new frozen drinks to try this summer [Zagat]
  • Why does a strawberry grown down the road cost more than one from California? [Post]
  • La Jambe opening in Shaw on Thursday [PoPville]
  • Where to find food along Northern Virginia’s hiking trails [NoVa Mag]