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Mayor Muriel Bowser exercised eminent domain Wednesday to take over a two-acre parcel of land at Buzzard Point, so that the District can build a new stadium for D.C. United there. The decision came at the 11th hour.


  • Hurricane Joaquin is expected to move up the Atlantic, and it just might hit D.C. [City Desk, Post, WTOP]
  • The Federal Railroad Administration may soon directly oversee D.C.’s troubled Metro system. [City Desk]
  • The Georgetown steps made famous in The Exorcist will officially become a D.C. landmark. [Arts Desk]
  • Did the Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI illegally intercept cell communications? [Vice News]
  • D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange wants to create a mobile hygiene unit for the homeless. [City Desk] 


  • Kvetching at the Kitchen: There’s a right way to complain in a restaurant. City Paper is here to help you.
  • Investigative Journalism in the Spotlight: How did the Investigative Film Festival—taking place today and tomorrow—land a highly anticipated documentary on the Catholic Church’s child sex-abuse scandal?
  • Crash: A security guard who fatally struck a 68-year-old woman in April will serve 20 months in prison.

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

  • District files for eminent domain takeover of D.C. United land. [LL]
  • NTSB wants more federal oversight for Metro. [City DeskPost]
  • After whistleblower controversy, the District considers new food vendor. [Post]
  • Inspector general: District’s ex-con services failing all over. [City Desk]
  • Phil Mendelson puts hold on Zoning Commission nominee. [Blade]
  • More on the Museum Square tenant fight. [WAMU]
  • Post ed board cheers private ambulance plan. [Post]
  • Parking meter hour increase coming in some parts of town. [Borderstan]
  • Uniforms big in DCPS. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Freddy Rodriguez

  • The U.S. government may begin monitoring Metrorail in hopes of making improvements. [Curbed]
  • The District may have lost $27 million in a land deal. [Curbed]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke about affordable housing and energy efficiency at an opening ceremony for new condos in Rosedale. [Hill Now]
  • Free school Knowledge Commons DC will open in Northeast D.C. next month. [DCist]

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

  • How Virginia’s Masego invented his own genre: TrapHouse Jazz. [Bandwidth]
  • Kennedy Center apologizes for not making enough tickets available to the Kendrick Lamar-NSO concert. [DCist]
  • DC Music Download now has classifieds for local musicians looking to start a band. [DCMD]
  • How the Investigative Film Festival landed a strong Best Picture contender for its opening night film. [Arts Desk]
  • Service journalism: a brief history of Jim Vance’s hair. [Washingtonian]
  • Hemlines discuss feminism and punk. [Bandwidth]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Freddy Rodriguez

  • Australian restaurant Oz opens for dinner today in Clarendon. [Washingtonian]
  • Q&A with Leanne Brown who writes on how to eat with $4 a day. [DCist]
  • Mia’s Coffeehouse near Lincoln Park will start serving tacos next week. [Hill Now]
  • Trump International Hotel may not have José Andrés, but it will have BLT Prime. [Post]