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D.C. Public Schools aren’t adequately preparing their students for college, according to the results of a national standardized test by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Only 10 and 25 percent of students who took the geometry and English PARCCs, respectively, earned scores defined as proficient. “It’s not a pretty moment for us, but it’s an honest moment for us and we’re not afraid to confront that,” D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson said Tuesday before public officials.


  • Pro-Mayor Muriel Bowser political action committee FreshPAC gets money from companies linked to city contracts. [WAMU]
  • Metro has hired consultancies McKinsey & Company and Ernst & Young to conduct a “top-to-bottom” review of it. [City Desk]
  • D.C. police are investigating another use-of-force incident that was caught on tape Monday in Northeast. Chief Cathy Lanier said the video depicts “the kind of scenarios that police officers are facing every single day.”  [Fox5DC, WUSA9, WTOP]
  • Police have also identified the person killed in an alleged robbery Monday in Shepard Park: Marquesha McMillan. [WUSA9]
  • Some residents of Congress Heights welcome the planned Wizards practice facility there; others want a “displacement-free zone.” [Post, Loose Lips]
  • The D.C. Council is considering endorsing a “Statehood or Else” campaign. But what does that “or Else” really mean? [City Desk]


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

  • Congress Heights residents want a “displacement-free zone” around the Wizards site. [LLPost]
  • New test results provide a “sobering” picture of District education. [Post, WAMU]
  • Vincent Orange‘s “Statehood or Else” slogan confuses activists. [City Desk]
  • District takes over D.C. United stadium parcels owned by Mark Ein, salvage yard [WBJ]
  • Mary Cheh gets her second tattoo. [Post]

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

  • Local drag institution Academy of Washington, Inc.—the oldest drag organization in the country—disbands after more than 50 years. [Arts Desk]
  • Teen Mom discusses its impending break up and final show (and the controversy of its name). [Bandwidth]
  • The Museum of the Bible is under investigation for allegedly having illicit artifacts. [The Daily Beast]
  • At the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, a rare exhibit showcasing the work of 17th century Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu. [WAMU]
  • How Round House Theatre designed its Ireland set for its latest production: Google Street View. [Post]
  • Timbaland is coming to the MLK Library in November to discuss his new memoir. [DC Music Download]
  • Ahead of the release of their new album, Soccer Team releases the demo versions of its new album. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Why more and more people are making plans to dine out alone [Post]
  • Ray’s Hell Burger opens in Mount Vernon Triangle. [Washingtonian]
  • Where to find white truffles [Eater]
  • TACOma Yucatan Chicken opens in Takoma. [PoPville]
  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza opens in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • Yelpers go for vigilante justice after daughter of Tadich Grill owners alleges an ugly, racist past. [DCist]
  • Play Momofuku and Milk Bar bingo while you wait in line. [Express]