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On Tuesday, the District’s Public Service Commission blocked Exelon, a Chicago-based utilities company, from merging with Pepco—a proposed $6.4 billion takeover. Betty Ann Kane, a commissioner on the three-person panel who voted against the merger, called the move “one of the most significant decisions that the commission will ever make.”


  • Mayor Muriel Bowser will ask the D.C. Council to allow police officers to search and detain individuals on parole or probation for violating their release terms, in order to help cut down on violent crime. [Post]
  • Metro has ended a temporary bus detour along the W8 line just one day after starting it. [NBC Washington]
  • A woman is jointly suing a Metrobus operator and Metro for an alleged anti-gay attack on her. [City Desk]
  • Friends and family held a vigil last night for Tenika Fontanelle, who died in a triple shooting last week in Southeast. Fontanelle would have been 32-years-old. [WUSA9]
  • A new study has found that D.C. drivers spend the most time stuck in traffic in the U.S. [NBC Washington]


  • Priced Out: A family of four can expect to pay more than $100,000 in annual expenses to have a “secure yet modest” living in the District, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s family-budget calculator.
  • Special Delivery: We ordered in UberEats, which just launched yesterday in D.C. Verdict: Not bad, Uber
  • Panda Panic: Giant-panda mother Mei Xiang isn’t letting zookeepers switch her twin cubs.

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

  • New tough-on-crime Muriel Bowser legislation will let police search people on probation, detain them for small infractions. [Post]
  • Public Service Commission rejects Exelon’s takeover of Pepco. [LL, WAMUPostWBJ, WTOP, Times]
  • Post ed board: D.C. Council shouldn’t spend money defending Jim Graham. [Post]
  • Welcome to the Sprawl, says Ted Leonsis. [WBJ]
  • Life at D.C. General at center of new documentary. [Post]

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

  • 10 D.C.-area chefs name their favorite dive bars. [Thrillist]
  • Critic Tom Sietsema visits New Orleans. [Post]
  • Where to find half-priced wine nights around D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • Five ice cream sandwiches to try before summer ends [Eater]
  • 10 reasons to drive to Annapolis [Zagat]
  • Central American cooking is thriving on 14th Street NW. [DCist]