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On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police Department and federal law enforcement announced 10 arrests related to an alleged heroin operation that ran along Benning Road. Officers seized more than 80 pounds of heroin, believed to be worth $4 million. MPD also announced the arrest of an employee at a stereo store on Georgia Avenue NW who allegedly distributed heroin as part of an illegal fencing operation.


  • The D.C. Council votes to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. [City Desk, Post, WAMU]
  • A house-flipping couple have agreed to pay $1.3 million in restitution for sketchily built properties. [Post]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration says D.C. General probably will not close until 2019 now. [DCist]
  • The city’s congestion seems worse than usual with Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance plan in effect. [Post]
  • Maybe that has to do with the fact that there are only 10 intersections with traffic-control officers. [NBC4]
  • Report: The Pepco-Exelon merger deal took shape with lobbying and a lot of money-spending. [WAMU]
  • The Democratic Primary is officially next Tuesday but more than 7,000 people have voted early. [DCist]


  • “Artisanal Doritos”: Yup, these are a thing and they come with smoked catfish dip at Shaw’s The Dabney.
  • Creative Time: The New-York based arts nonprofit will host its summit at the Lincoln Theater in October.
  • Food Fight: In case you missed it: Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto is suing Toki Underground and partners.

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

  • Council backs minimum wage deal orchestrated by Vincent Orange. [WCPPostWBJ]
  • David Grosso pushes for a study of basic guaranteed incomes. [Post]
  • DGS says D.C. General closing has been pushed to 2019. [DCist]
  • Metro riders face SafeTrack. [Times]
  • More on the District pension fund pulling out on fossil fuels. [Times]
  • Cops say Georgia Ave. stereo store doubled as heroin trading post. [WCP]
  • Deborah Simmons considers the Ward 7 race. [Times]
  • Do you have lead in your pipes? Perhaps! [DCist]
  • Teens aren’t sharing the road with Courtland Milloy. Time to bring back driver’s ed. [Post] 

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

  • For the African American Museum’s 300 volunteers, its opening marks a historic occasion for the country. [Post]
  • And when the Museum does open in September, Carla Hall will be its consulting chef. [Post]
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot, 30 years later. [Bandwidth]
  • Charting D.C.’s cultural vitality with Rank & Groove. [WCP]
  • D.C.’s fashion sense discussed on the Kojo Nnamdi show, complete with a furry calling in and everything. [Kojo Show] 

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

  • The most anticipated summer restaurant openings in D.C. [Eater]
  • Six summer happy hours you haven’t tried yet [Post]
  • Five can’t-miss summer dining experiences [Zagat]
  • District Doughnut opens pop-up in Georgetown. [PoPville]
  • Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant replaces Casa Oaxaca. [Borderstan]
  • There’s a new burger at Shake Shack but you should just stick to the old ones. [Burger Days]
  • The top misunderstood menu terms decoded [OpenTable]