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The D.C. police union says officers are being “forced into a corner of lackluster feckless, inefficient enforcement” by Chief Cathy Lanier and police department management. The criticism comes as homicides in the District (up 42 percent as compared with this time last year) continue to rise, and as Mayor Muriel Bowser goes on the defensive.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The District isn’t the only city seeing a significant rise in murders, however, ranking fourth in terms of percentage change behind Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Baltimore, according to the New York Times. [NYT]
  • Taije Chambliss, the 13-year-old girl who was shot while walking home from a library in Southwest Sunday, is recovering and “eager to get home and back to school.” [WUSA9]
  • Police say the same taxi driver may have sexually assaulted two women in July and August. [WUSA9]
  • Forget about foam food-packaging: D.C. will ban products made of expanded polystyrene next year. [WBJ]
  • Students at Tenleytown’s Wilson High School are protesting “censorship” by their principal. [WAMU]

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

  • Vanishing Act: D.C.’s historic murals are disappearing rapidly. Can you guess what’s behind the trend?
  • War on Cats?: The District is considering targeting feral cats as part of its 2015 Wildlife Action Plan.
  • More on Cats: Crumbs & Whiskers, D.C.’s only cat-café, is raising its prices and capping its crowd size.

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

  • Muriel Bowser administration expands homeless services past the winter. [Post]
  • Nearly a third of police union votes no-confidence in Cathy Lanier. [LL, WAMU]
  • Post ed board: vote was “rather pathetic.” [Post]
  • 13-year-old shot in drive-by wakes up. [WUSA9]
  • Peter Rosenstein: “We are not going back to being the murder capital.” [Blade]
  • The District’s murals meet their demise. [Arts Desk]
  • Wilson students push back on meddling principal. [WAMUPost]

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

  • Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown to open wine bar next door. [Express]
  • Rocklands Barbecue‘s ribs named among the best in America. [Washingtonian]
  • Is it finally the end for Ray’s Hell Burger in D.C.? [WBJ]
  • President Barack Obama visited Fiola on Friday. [Eater]
  • Thip Khao is closed for renovations. [PoPville]
  • Where to find happy hours with trivia [BYT]