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The District has seen its rates of HIV plummet over the past two decades, thanks in large part to public and private funds. However, that wellspring is starting to dry up, causing concern among advocates. “It’s an unfortunate reality, and that’s part of the story,” one explains in our cover story this week. “HIV is no longer a new and exciting issue.”


  • Did you hear? President Obama all but confirmed that he and the First Family will stay in D.C. for “a couple of years” more so his daughter Sasha can finish at Sidwell Friends. [Post, Washingtonian, DCist]
  • “Flexible” Metro passes are coming soon as are internal “cost management” cuts to the agency. [Post, Post]
  • On Thursday, a judge said he had not yet decided how to rule on D.C.’s minimum-wage ballot. [City Desk]
  • Atlanta has a streetcar too, but the city experienced several missteps during its first year running. [NBC4]
  • D.C. and Boston have ranked as the top two major U.S. cities for walking and biking to work. [City Desk]
  • Have you always wanted to digitize your family photos? Now you can, at a D.C. library. [Washingtonian]
  • Will you do more than offer “polite, mild applause” at the next concert you attend in the District? [WAMU]


  • Let the Liquor Flow?: A recent discussion over a liquor-license moratorium in Georgetown sparked debate.
  • “Haunting”: That’s how one survivor of sexual assault described their experience with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C., which has declined to prosecute many such cases.
  • Streetcar, Illustrated: Artist Josh Kramer sketched the opening of the streetcar, if you missed it.

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

  • No decision yet on $15 minimum wage initiative. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Pepco, Exelon haven’t given up on merger yet. [WBJ]
  • Vincent Orange: free Wi-Fi, maybe. [DCist, DCInno]
  • Former John Wilson chief of staff Brigid Quinn  [Post]
  • Cathy Lanier on The Politics Hour  [WAMU]
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office quiet about why they’re dropping sexual assault cases. [City Desk]
  • A tiny furniture store for the District’s tiny apartments. [WBJ]

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

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates to speak at Howard University’s Charter Day address. [Post]
  • Photographs of a 1970s Kansas offers no yellow brick road at the American Art Museum. [Arts Desk]
  • Read a profile of Rock & Roll Hotel and DC9’s marketing manager and assistant talent buyer, Molly Majorack. [DC Music Download]
  • This new app developed by Black Women’s Playwright Group and their president, Karen L. B. Evans, could be a game-changer for the local theater scene. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • DC Jazz Fest unveils it’s lineup—its most adventurous yet. [Arts Desk]

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

  • A definitive guide to the best cheap-eats destinations in the D.C. area [Post]
  • Philly’s Pizzeria Vetri, recently acquired by Urban Outfitters, is coming to 14th Street NW. [Borderstan]
  • Former Rogue 24 chef J. Cooper is no longer working on Marriott restaurant project in Charlotte. [Charlotte Magazine]
  • The Scotch Bar at the Willard Hotel has closed. [Eater]
  • Five over-the-top, gluttonous, guilt-inducing new sandwiches in Washington [Washingtonian]
  • Six new lunches to try in D.C. [Zagat]