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The Metropolitan Police Department faces personnel and organizational problems, potentially impacting its ability to manage public safety. Our latest cover story investigates the forces behind MPD’s retirement and retention issues.


  • The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to eliminate D.C. budget autonomy. [Post, The Hill]
  • Reports: Here’s where the Obama family will live in Kalorama in 2017. [POLITICO, CNN, MarketWatch]
  • Metro could get stronger safety oversight under a plan announced by regional leaders. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Yvette Alexander: “I had questions long before dissolution plans” for the D.C. Trust were exposed. [Post]
  • A mother was allegedly robbed at gunpoint in the presence of her toddler on Tuesday afternoon. [NBC4]
  • Local journalist Charnice Milton was killed a year ago tomorrow. Her family plans a memorial. [WTOP] 


  • Summer Internships: 500 D.C. Public Schools students could get placed in paid stints across the District.
  • Death Investigation: Law-enforcement officials were looking into a death in McPherson Square yesterday.
  • Happy Hour: No, not that kind (just yet). Spooky Action Theater is putting on a “live-action video game.” 

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

  • House moves to block budget autonomy. [WAMUPostDCist]
  • D.C. area jurisdictions set to make a Metro panel. [WAMU]
  • More on rising test scores. [GGW]
  • Questions about prosecution of teens accused in Metro attack on gay couple. [Blade]
  • Almost a year after the murder of reporter Charnice Milton, no arrests. [NBC4]

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

  • Judas Priest, dope, and Jack and Coke: The oral history of Heavy Metal Parking Lot. [WCP]
  • It’s Museum Week in D.C. [Post]
  • The history of Maryland’s long lost show band scene. [Bandwidth]
  • An interview with D.C. Washington, the “go-to man” for singing the National Anthem at events. [Post]
  • A guide to D.C.’s museums when you’re short on time. [Washingtonian]

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

  • A guide to burgers [BYT]
  • Congress may finally make it a crime to sell horses for their meat. [VICE]
  • Where to find super trendy poke [Eater]
  • Swahili Village owner hopes his new space is grand enough to attract the president. [Post]
  • Nine can’t-miss food and drink events in June [Zagat]
  • The state of restaurant service [NoVa Mag]