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D.C.’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Monday announced that the death of Alonzo Smith—a 27-year-old father and teacher’s assistant who was found unconscious while in special police custody at the Marbury Plaza Apartments—has been determined a homicide. “My son was tortured to death,” Smith’s mother, Beverly, said. Criminal intent has not yet been found.


  • Are you one of the 70,000 D.C. residents who ignored their jury summons last year? How come? [WAMU]
  • A D.C. elementary school teacher has been arrested on a charge of child cruelty, police said. [WUSA9]
  • Problems with D.C.’s healthcare-enrollment system could leave thousands without Medicaid. [City Desk]
  • Op-ed: District schools could be doing much more to teach students how to code computers. [Post, GGW]
  • Photo series: A day in the life of Bei Bei, the National Zoo’s newest giant panda cub. Aw! [Washingtonian]
  • New Metro boss Paul Wiedefeld engaged with frustrated riders at a public forum last night. [City Desk]
  • Have you heard? Adele is coming to D.C. for two concerts in October and tickets go on sale soon. [DCist]


  • Not So Fresh: The pro-Muriel Bowser political action committee gave back nearly all its funds to donors.
  • Brownies for Accountability: A bake sale raked in more than $1,000 to help get data on local convictions.
  • Dacha Club: Dacha Market’s $8-sandwich “fills [the] void” of places to grab simple sandwiches in Shaw.

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

  • Andy Shallal picked for workforce council. [Post]
  • FreshPAC really did refund its donors. [LL]
  • Vince Gray plans WAMU appearance this afternoon. [LL]
  • Deborah Simmons talks marijuana conference, writes exclusively in ’50s drug slang. [Times]
  • More Gray pals celebrate the end of the investigation. [Blade]
  • Events D.C. takes over another venue. [WBJ]
  • Charter board moves against school. [Post]
  • Former mayoral press secretary dies at 89. [Post]

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

  • How Groupmuse is sparking a renewed interest in classical music—one house show at a time. [Arts Desk]
  • Washington gossip queen Kitty Kelley might be getting her own Netflix documentary. [Washingtonian]
  • Get ready to cry: Adele is coming to town in October. [DCist]
  • The National Cathedral gets in on Star Wars [Arts Desk]
  • And here’s what Washingtonian thought of the original Star Wars trilogy when it came out. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Fried chicken sandwiches are everywhere in D.C. [Eater]
  • Where to find Christmas day brunch and dinner around D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • The Partisan has a new executive chef, with a few more changes to come [Post]
  • The 10 most important restaurant openings of 2015 [Zagat]
  • Co-owner of The High Dive in Adams Morgan critically ill, business partner says. [Borderstan]
  • Slash Run burgers are now half-price on Mondays. [PoPville]