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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:

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

  • 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]

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