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The District saw a second fatal shooting within 24 hours early Friday, in the 1300 block of Adams Street NE. The incident, which police are still investigating, followed a daylight double shooting in Clay Terrace that left one person dead and another injured Thursday morning. The homicide rate compared with this time last year is up over 55 percent.


  • Police have charged a D.C. firefighter with murder after he allegedly participated in a street race on 16th Street NW this July that resulted in the death of a man who was driving home. [NBC4, Fox5DC, WJLA]
  • An anonymous online author threatened to harm Howard University students on Wednesday, causing increased security on and around campus. The FBI is investigating the case. [City Desk, City Desk]
  • A streetcar testing along H Street NE yesterday afternoon met a new friend: the X2 Metrobus. [City Desk]
  • Kenneth Ellerbe, ex-Mayor Vince Gray’s fire chief, may run for Ward 7 Councilmember. [Loose Lips]
  • A double-decker tour bus burst into flames in Foggy Bottom Thursday. No injuries were reported. [NBC4]


  • Housing Denied: A lifelong Washingtonian was hard-pressed to find a home because of a misdemeanor that occurred several years ago.
  • Pigskin Legalese: Attorneys for the Washington Football Team are arguing to have a judicial decision that cancelled six of their trademarks earlier this year overturned. The team’s name is “an impossibly foolish thing to spend so much time and energy defending,” according to City Paper sports columnist Matt Terl.
  • Sign Language: The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery reopens Friday and has a new (tacky) LED board above its entrance. Here are other museums around the District whose façades could maybe use a face-lift.

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

  • Ex-fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe eyes a Ward 7 run—depending on Vince Gray  [LL]
  • What killed FreshPAC, why it lasted so long, and where it got money. [LL, LL]
  • Cathy Lanier talks policing as the government service of last resort. [Post]
  • Airbnb puts out “community compact” ahead of looming District regs. [WBJ]
  • Bus gives the streetcar a light whack. [City Desk]
  • More on FreshPAC’s demise and its implications. [WAMU]
  • Columbia Heights ANC resigns over mystery conflict of interest. [Borderstan]
  • Kaya Henderson on The Politics Hour. [WAMU]

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

  • Listen to The Max Levine Ensemble‘s Backlash, Baby, their first full-length album in eight years. [NPR Music]
  • A dispatch from The Hirshhorn’s 40th anniversary gala in New York City. [Artforum]
  • Check out MC Ardamus‘ newest track, inspired by a Dexter [Bandwidth]
  • Has the Meridian Hill drum circle hit its peak? [Metro Connection]
  • In honor of the Renwick Gallery’s tacky new sign upgrade, here are suggestions for other D.C. museum façade upgrades. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Matchbox owner calls new Loudoun location “female-friendly” because it has more salads and lighter options. [NoVa Mag]
  • The best family-style meals in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Deciphering Momofuku CCDC’s mysterious menu footnotes [Eater]
  • An ode to Post Pub now that the Washington Post is moving [Post]
  • Six new reasons to dine out in Virginia [Zagat]
  • What to eat and drink at Emporiyum this weekend [Express]