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Synthetic drugs have plagued D.C. for years, so what took the city so long to respond to them? Read our latest cover story.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • District police yesterday announced “a massive and unprecedented seizure” of synthetic drugs: 265 pounds of them, or upwards of $2.3 million worth. Authorities found the drugs at a warehouse in Northwest, and have arrested two men—Siraj Issa, 33, and Yenework Abera, 41—for possession with intent to distribute. [Post]
  • Transit police arrested a woman who allegedly tried to kidnap a two-year-old child on Metro. [City Desk]
  • Police have identified a suspect at large in an August MetroBus shooting: Bijon Brown [NBC Washington]
  • After Congress lifted its funding ban on D.C.’s needle-exchange programs, HIV rates dropped. [City Desk]
  • Pope Francis arrives this month, and the District is preparing for his visit as it would for a blizzard. [Post]

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

  • The Big Cheese: Sona Creamery near Eastern Market claims to be D.C.’s first cheesemaking operation.
  • Bistro Boom: L’Hommage Bistro Francais opens in Mount Vernon Triangle this month. “This is another option for people who cannot get into Le Diplomate,” owner Hakan Ilhan tells our Young and Hungry.
  • Can’t Afford a Wine Cellar?: Try a wine closet, as Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Brent Knoll has done.

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

  • Police make big synthetic drugs seizure. [WUSA9Post]
  • Muriel Bowser is still sticking with police chief Cathy Lanier. [City Desk]
  • Adrian Fenty is back! Sort of. [Washingtonian]
  • Post ed board: Metro’s a mess! [Post]
  • Man charged in Metro bus shooting. [NBC4]
  • How do schools prep for school days? [WAMU]

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

  • Where to brunch this Labor Day weekend [Washingtonian]
  • Five veggie dishes to try around D.C. right now [Zagat]
  • Class-action suit alleges Chipotle‘s GMO-free campaign is deceptive. [NPR]
  • The Coffee Bar is opening a second location. [PoPville]
  • Rose’s Luxury named among the South’s best restaurants. [Southern Living]
  • Edward Lee’s Succotash to open on Labor Day at National Harbor. [Post]
  • ​Z-Burger founder gets an early win in his trademark case. [WBJ]