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D.C. United lost to the New York Red Bulls yesterday in an Eastern Conference semifinal game, 1-0. The loss means the team’s season is over.


  • Two men were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries in Northeast Sunday night. A 28-year-old man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in Shaw, the 138th homicide this year. [WUSA9, WUSA9]
  • The District is piloting dynamically priced parking meters in Chinatown and Penn Quarter. [AP, Post]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser is in China, on a delegation to promote tourism and investment. A few donors to FreshPAC—the pro-Bowser political action committee stirring controversy—are also on the trip. [Post]
  • Meanwhile, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine says he’s drafting new campaign finance laws to address the “appearance of impropriety” introduced by political action committees like FreshPAC. [Loose Lips]
  • On Thursday, D.C. police found Mikhail Lesin, one of Vladimir Putin’s former advisers who helped found news network Russia Today, dead in a Dupont Circle hotel. They’re now investigating the cause of Lesin’s death along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. [CBS News, Buzzfeed News, FT]


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

  • FreshPAC donors join the mayor on China trip. [Post]
  • Karl Racine talks FreshPAC on WAMU. [LL, WAMU]
  • Surge pricing could raise parking rates to $8 hour an in parts of town. [Post]
  • City administrator Rashad Young bought his house from FreshPAC’s treasurer. [WAMU]
  • Synthetic drug overdoses bedevil hospitals. [Times]
  • Deborah Simmons considers the mayoral trip to China. [Times]
  • The marijuana legalization vote, a year in. [WAMU]

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

  • Surprise! New GoldLink album is here early. [Bandwidth]
  • Aniekan Udofia—who you may have seen in WCP‘s most recent People Issue—is painting the tallest mural in D.C. And he’s afraid of heights. [Post]
  • Speaking of The People Issue, read interviews with Ex Hex‘s Mary Timony, Swim-Two-Birds’ Hugh McElroy and Kevin Erickson, and more! [WCP]
  • Members of the local music community share fond memories of DIY venue Paperhaus. [DC Music Download]
  • Alexandria officials are hoping a new Downton Abbey-esque PBS series on the Civil War will help draw more tourists to the Northern Virginia city. [Post]
  • Way out by the Pennsylvania border, a Maryland recording studio is hoping to draw local bands for affordable recording. [DCist]
  • Musician Drew O’Doherty turned the last note Fugazi every played as a band into an eight-minute drone track. [Arts Desk]
  • At the Library of Congress, The Michelangelo String Quartet‘s performance was often more snooze-worthy than snazzy. [Post]

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

  • New tasting room opens at 3 Stars [Post]
  • Alfie’s chef Alex McCoy will pop up in former Mothership [Petworth News]
  • Alexandria gets more fast-casual pizza with Firenza. [Eater]
  • Courthouse farmers market now sells invasive blue catfish. [ARLnow]
  • Where to find white truffles [DCist]
  • Chefs share their favorite healthy snacks [BYT]