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A nonlethal shooting involving a W8 Metrobus Friday night led Metro to discontinue service along Elvans Road SE, in Shepherds Parkway, after 7 p.m. Shots from outside the bus pierced the vehicle and hit a man inside, who did not appear to be an intended target. The union that represents many Metro workers, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, claims that a separate Metrobus incident—a “hijacking”—occurred in Southeast this weekend, but a Metro spokesperson says no such incident took place.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Monday was the first day of school, arriving amid wide unease about D.C.’s recent uptick in violent crime. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the academic year with a “Slow Down” campaign. [Post, City Desk]
- Police Chief Cathy Lanier apparently had a lengthy email correspondence with a D.C. resident about the potential reasons behind the crime spike, touching on national trends and changes within MPD. [PopVille]
- An Uber driver may have committed a sexual assault near Grant Circle early Sunday. [NBC Washington]
- D.C. has only installed 2.27 of 7.5 bike-lane miles projected for this year, down from 9 in 2014. [Post]
- When Pope Francis comes to D.C. next month, chances are you won’t get see him in public. [WTOP]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- Pineapple and Pearls: That’s the name of the new restaurant to be opened by the owner of Rose’s Luxury.
- Tweets from the Chairman: D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson has finally joined his colleagues on Twitter.
- Billington’s Bills: Librarian of Congress James Billington has presided over a bloated, and pricey, federal agency.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Chamber of Commerce chief sues over $15 minimum wage ballot initiative. [Post]
- DDOT slows on bike lane installation. [Post]
- The District becomes a battleground over, uh, fitness trainer regulations. [Post]
- Pols on the defense as homicides rise. [Times]
- 2015 homicide number now at 103. [Post]
- Phil Mendelson gives in, joins Twitter. [LL]
- School opens during crime wave. [Post]
- The mayor says slow down! [City Desk]
- DCPS aims to improve resource-sharing. [WAMU]
- Snow shoveling fines are coming. [WAMU]
- Group tries to save Pershing Park. [WBJ]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Eight must-try chicken dishes in D.C. [Zagat]
- Duffy’s Irish Pub hopes to reopen under new ownership in September. [Post]
- Republic Kolachedraws a line around the block for pop-up at American Ice Company. [PoPville]
- The best date spots in 15 D.C. neighborhoods [Thrillist]
- Dudley’s Sport & Ale, from owners of Copperwood Tavern, coming to Shirlington. [ARLnow]
- Where to do yoga in a brewery [Eater]