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The District has committed to Vision Zero, an initiative to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024. Can it effectively leverage crash data and other strategies to achieve that goal? Read about the District’s progress so far.         


  • Fourteen years after the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, the D.C. area remembers. [NBC Washington]
  • On Thursday, Mayor Muriel Bowser and other officials discussed major road closures planned for Pope Francis’ visit in two weeks. Also announced yesterday: a (packed) popemobile parade. [City Desk, Post]
  • The District Department of Health has closed Fig & Olive after a salmonella outbreak… for now. [WUSA9]
  • The National Building Museum has recovered more than 1,000 lost items in its BEACH ball pit. [WTOP]
  • Even if the federal government shuts down next month over bills, the D.C. government will not. [WAMU]


  • The Food Lab: D.C. food incubator Union Kitchen is expanding. We taste test some of its local products.
  • Sk8er Bois (and Gurls): You’ll never guess the latest skating venue in D.C. (It’s named after a president.)
  • Tenure Trap: Adjunct professors have formed unions at area schools. Why hasn’t one taken hold at UDC?

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

  • DCPS considers how to help at-risk boys. [Post]
  • Mega-thief Harriette Walters reappears in District lawsuit. [WBJ]
  • The pope is coming, get ready. [City Desk]
  • Peter Rosenstein: time for city-wide townhall on crime. [Blade]
  • UDC resists unionization for its adjuncts. [City Desk]
  • The D.C. Olympics folks haven’t given up. They just want another Olympics. [WBJ]
  • Reminder that the District government won’t have to shut down with the feds this time. [WAMU]

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

  • Fig & Olive closed after several people have been hospitalized with salmonella-like symptoms. [Post]
  • Papal-looking chef will serve the Pope’s pizza. [Washingtonian]
  • A guide to omakase at D.C.’s Japanese restaurants [Eater]
  • 20 new and almost opened restaurants in Northern Virginia. [NoVa Mag]
  • Local America’s Next Top Model contestant got his start at &pizza. [Reliable Source]