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Mayor Muriel Bowser and Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean are expected to ask the D.C. Council to hire a private ambulance company to help ease the burden on the District’s overstretched fleet. Though a first response would still involve a D.C. paramedic, a private ambulance would arrive if a patient doesn’t need serious treatment.


  • The District saw a violent night Monday, when six people were shot, one fatally, in five hours. [Fox5DC]
  • Energy company Exelon still wants to merge with Pepco, and the mayor is considering a settlement. [Post]
  • Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal might run for the D.C. Councilmember At-Large seat. [Loose Lips]
  • At what point does it become more cost-efficient to own a car than to rent one through Zipcar? [City Desk]
  • Local restaurateur José Andrés will open his first restaurant outside of the U.S., in Mexico City. [WBJ]


  • Absentee Neighborhood Commissions?: Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau wants to crack down on ANC commissioners who miss meetings.
  • Metro’s Long Delays: City Paper visualizes what you already know—delays on the Metro are common.
  • The Last Cookie: Gear Prudence considers who gets a Capital BikeShare bike when there’s only one left.

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

  • Exelon appeals Pepco takeover; Muriel Bowser considers settling. [APWBJ]
  • Andy Shallal set for at-large bid. [LL]
  • Bowser set to propose private ambulance care for minor calls. [Post]
  • Vincent Orange pushes bills that would restrict Airbnb. [GGW]
  • Councilmembers unhappy with Stadium Armory service cuts. [Post]
  • Brianne Nadeau wants to boot absentee ANC members. [LL]
  • Post ed board: keep body camera footage public. [Post]
  • D.C. Housing Authority sells off some properties. [WAMU]
  • Get a load of these Metro delays. [City Desk]
  • City boosts hypothermia prep. [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Tatiana Cirisano

  • Is Airbnb raising D.C. housing prices? [GGW]
  • The opening date for Potomac Yard Metro station is being pushed to the second quarter of 2020. [WBJ]
  • The most iconic D.C. buildings featured in film. [Curbed]

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

  • Kendrick Lamar is performing with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Yes, really. [DCist]
  • Check out the first single from new D.C. group Flavor Waster. [The 405]
  • Our wonderfully competent Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will retire tomorrow, three months earlier than expected. [Post]
  • Landmark Fest? More like Long Lines Fest. [Post]
  • Will Eastman relinquishes day-to-day control of U Street Music Hall, ends famed “Bliss” dance party to focus on music career. [Bandwidth]
  • Check out a new song from local fuzz-rock trio Polyon. [Noisey]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Tatiana Cirisano

  • Photos from Osteria Morini’s second annual pig roast. [Eater]
  • José Andrés is expanding again — this time, out of the country. [WBJ]
  • What the Internet has to say about Mt. Vernon Triangle’s new French eatery, L’Hommage Bistro Francais. [Eater]
  • The best spot to grab lunch in every D.C. neighborhood. [Thrillist]