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Just before 2 p.m. Monday, a Metropolitan Police Department officer driving an SUV hit a man near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and L Street NW. A witness told NBC that the man had tried to cross when the crossing signal was red.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • President Obama has tapped Channing Phillips to be the next U.S. Attorney for D.C. Who is he? [Post]
  • The battle over synthetic drugs in the District has shifted to the streets from storefronts. [NBC Washington]
  • D.C. church claims restricting free parking “would place an extreme burden on the free exercise of religion.” [WashCycle]
  • Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run that took place early Tuesday morning near the Maryland line. [Post]
  • Report: Bad brakes caused a crash between a police cruiser and a fire truck in Cleveland Park last week. [Fox5DC]
  • Looking at you, Washington Pigskins: California banned the R-word from its public schools. [City Desk]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

  • Post ed board: Did Vinny Cohen lose the U.S. Attorney job because of the Vince Gray investigation? [Post]
  • Homeschooling up in the District. [Post]
  • Driver in police car hits a pedestrian. [Post]
  • “Hippie-ish” David Grosso, “old line socialist” Elissa Silverman. [Breitbart]
  • Chris Christie doesn’t think much about District statehood. [City DeskTimes]

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

  • Frank Turner has released a 7″ single of his song for 9:30 Club’s Josh Burdette. [Arts Desk]
  • An interview with Girl In a Coma‘s Nina Diaz, who recently performed at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. [Bandwidth]
  • The new Landmark Theatre at Atlantic Plumbing: More a bar with movie screens than a movie theater with a bar. [Post]
  • Listen to Columbia Nights‘ latest album, which blends ’70s soul with forward-thinking R&B. [Arts Desk]
  • Three D.C.-area singers—and one D.C. native (who now lives in North Carolina) are semifinalists for the Monk Institute’s Jazz Vocals Competition. [NY Times]
  • Signature Theatre’s latest musical, Cake Off!, proves that you cannot actually have your cake and eat it too. [Post]

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

  • Here’s what a Manhattan costs around D.C. [Eater]
  • D.C.’s best restaurants right now [Thrillist]
  • Tom Brown‘s Left Door set to open next month. [Borderstan]
  • The 10 sexiest restaurants around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Two oyster festivals are happening this week [Washingtonian]
  • Curbside Café will close and the Pretzel Bakery will relocate into its space. [Capitol Hill Corner]