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Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance plan, expected to last a year along 15 segments of the rail system, begins tomorrow on the Orange and Silver lines in Virginia. D.C. officials have cautioned locals to make alternative commuting plans and introduced a series of traffic-mitigation strategies. But businesses like restaurants are bracing for the disruptions.


  • More on how bars and eateries are planning to deal with Metrorail’s weekend midnight closures. [WAMU]
  • At least five people were injured in shootings and stabbings late Thursday night around the city. [WUSA9]
  • The Park at Fourteenth, a nightclub across from Franklin Square, sues D.C. for lost business. [Loose Lips]
  • Law enforcement arrests a man in connection with a 1993 murder of a woman in Petworth. [Post, WUSA9]
  • Metro yesterday announced the arrest of an 18-year-old in an alleged groping incident. [City Desk, DCist]
  • The District’s Summer Youth Employment Program has come under the microscope this year. [WAMU]
  • Did you know the Historic Congressional Cemetery has its very own “gay corner” of dead people? [WCP] 


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

  • Nightclub boss sues over Cathy Lanier-instigated shutdown. [LL]
  • Brookland court ruling could affect housing city-wide. [GGW]
  • Vince Gray talks anti-crime plan and Ward 7 violence spike. [Post]
  • Some in Ward 8 annoyed after LaRuby May leaves another event early. [Informer]
  • Will Puerto Rico taking a liking to Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss? [DCist]
  • Stadium junkie Jack Evans says Nats Park could be paid off early. [WBJ]
  • Two fights at D.C. Jail. [Post]

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

  • The musical history tour of D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • A guide to free outdoor concerts in the D.C. area this summer. [DC Music Download]
  • D.C.’s newest film festival, the Fantastic Film Showcase, is also its weirdest. [WCP]
  • Here’s what to expect at this year’s Folklife Festival. [DCist]
  • Sean Gray on Is This Venue Accessible? and making concerts less stressful for people with disabilities. [Bandwidth]
  • Alex TebeleffDan ABH, and Rachel Kline discuss breaking down the barriers between the D.C. and Northern Virginia music scenes with DC Music Download. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Bill Cosby portrait removed from Ben’s Chili Bowl in Arlington. [Washingtonian]
  • Chef Jose Garces is about to break ground on his Latin marketplace near Union Market. [Post]
  • Dunya closes in Shaw. [PoPville]
  • Washington football team-themed Hail & Hog Kitchen and Tap now open in Ashburn, Va. [Eater]
  • Some Place Else in Dupont closed after heavy vermin infestation. [Borderstan]
  • New owners, and now brunch, at Le Mediterranean Bistro in Fairfax. [NoVa Mag]