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An auditor has found that D.C. Circulator buses are crumbling and unsafe for service, according to a story on WTOP. How many? Ninety-five percent of the buses had at least one safety problem, the report found.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C.’s baby boom is being driven by wealthy families. [Post]
  • Speed trap on Kenilworth Avenue in Northeast racking up fines for drivers. [NBC4]
  • Safety blitz continues on specific parts of the Metro system. [WAMU]
  • The Nationals built a gleaming ball field in a struggling part of town. Can it really help? [Think Progress]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

  • Huge safety problems on Circulator buses, audit finds. [WTOP]
  • Cabbies drag their feet on panic buttons. [WAMU]
  • Ward 6ers fret over homeless shelter. [Times]
  • Phil Mendelson on The Politics Hour. [WAMU]
  • Inspectors check Metro tracks. [AP]
  • D.C. Water prohibits employee travel to North Carolina. [DCist]

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

  • Our annual Best of D.C. issue is here! [WCP]
  • How local artist Nate Lewis finds inspiration from the operating room. [DCist]
  • Local quintet Time is Fire draws influence from a diverse variety of styles. [Post]
  • Here’s what to see at this weekend’s Damaged City Fest. [Arts Desk]
  • Louis C.K. announces surprise shows at DC Improv and Lincoln Theatre, both of which sell out almost immediately. [DCist]
  • Bob Brown will return to the record store where he was rediscovered from obscurity years ago. [Post]
  • Chateau Nightclub owner Seresa “Nut” Coleman has died. [Arts Desk]
 YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)
  • The best restaurants, bars, and more in D.C. [WCP]
  • 24 amazing bars in the D.C. area [Washingtonian]
  • El Sol review: The best taqueria in Washington by a long shot [Post]
  • Comedian Kevin Hart visits Ben’s Chili Bowl. [Eater]
  • A search for America’s most dangerous restaurant critic [Thrillist]
  • Update on The Midlands beer garden coming to Park View [PoPville]