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The District saw four homicides this weekend, raising this year’s total to 115. Three took place late Friday and early Saturday on opposite sides of D.C.—Northwest and Southeast—while the fourth happened last night near NoMa.


  • Metro put parts of the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines out of service this morning due to a fire at a power substation near the Stadium-Armory station. Riders should still expect delays in both directions. [Post]
  • “In Washington, D.C., there is an excruciatingly narrow margin for acceptable female dress.” [The Atlantic]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser says the H Street­–Benning Road streetcar will run by the end of 2015. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says tax abatements for companies will be “case-by-case.” [WBJ]
  • A woman who was diagnosed with a salmonella infection after dining at Fig & Olive is suing the restaurant. [Post]


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

  • Most of the District’s blood-alcohol machines taken offline after a single employee quits. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser says the streetcar will run by the end of the year. [LL]
  • Homicide rate hits 114. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells: our plan isn’t about killing cats. [City Desk]
  • Colby King considers the new DYRS. [Post]
  • Appeals ruling goes against some gun laws. [Times]
  • Bowser goes on WAMU’s Politics Hour. [WAMU]
  • DCPS unions: cancel class while the pope is here. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Freddy Rodriguez
  • Metro bus transit center finally opens in Silver Spring. [WAMU]
  • Sidwell Friends School expansion will displace more than 100 disadvantaged people. [Post]
  • The pope’s visit affect trash pickup for Ward 3 residents. [City Desk]

ARTS LINKS, by Freddy Rodriguez

  • Photographs at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery show “emptiness” and “presence.” [Arts Desk]
  • What does the future hold for the former Artisphere space? [DCist]
  • Young Thug, profiled. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Freddy Rodriguez

  • A guide on where to find today’s food trucks. [Washingtonian]
  • Arlington woman files lawsuit against Fig & Olive after salmonella outbreak. [Post]
  • Stetson’s will close at the end of October. [Borderstan]