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Marcus King, a 19-year-old suspect in this past Saturday’s fatal shooting of Matthew Shlonsky, 23, turned himself into police custody Thursday afternoon. King faces a charge of second-degree murder while armed. Other persons of interest believed to be involved in the Shaw shooting remain at large.


  • As the District faces a homicide-rate increase of more than 30 percent as compared with this time last year, officials have come to believe that many illegal firearms make their way into D.C. via I-95. [WAMU]
  • More on guns: The Metropolitan Police Department made 64 percent more gun recoveries in 2014 than in the year before, an annual MPD report shows. There were also 18 percent fewer robberies. [City Desk]
  • How will D.C. memorialize late Mayor Marion Barry? With a lot of renaming. [Loose Lips, WUSA9]
  • Think housing in the District is expensive? Hop over to Arlington, where the median price for a home is more than $100,000 ahead of that in D.C; this year, prices rose 10 and four percent, respectively. [WBJ]
  • A new program called PACE will allow the District to finance energy infrastructure for businesses. [Post]


  • All Southwest’s a Stage: This week’s cover story examines the tension between residents of Southwest and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, which has proposed a controversial mixed-use building in the area.
  • Pre-Prohibition: D.C.’s latest distillery and tasting room, Jos A. Magnus & Co., opens this Saturday.
  • It Could Be Worse: So say restaurant owners and chefs about August, usually a slow month for business.

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

  • Muriel Bowser‘s administration  faces a wave of new murders. [LL]
  • Renaming Ballou High School tops list of Marion Barry memorial ideas. [LL]
  • Warrant issued for suspect in Shaw shooting. [Post]
  • Washingtonians complain to Bowser, Cathy Lanier about violence. [Post]
  • The end is near for Sursum Corda. [GGW]
  • Two stories emerge in shooting that left two teens shot and one woman dead. [Post]
  • “The devil is on the loose, and we need to lock it back up.” [Times]
  • Refusing to fill vacancies can boost charter scores. [GGW]

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • It’s been a group house, a music venue, and a record label. Now, one year in, Babe City has bigger ambitions. [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to “Boom Hazard,” a playfully sinister new track from Gauche, which shares members with Neonates and Priests. [Arts Desk]
  • A group of Southwest residents are protesting the proposed new headquarters of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. [WCP]
  • Listen to PG County native Reesa Renee‘s new soul EP, “Lovers Rock.” [DCist]
  • A National Symphony Orchestra bassoonist is trading his formal tuxedo shirt for athletic-wear fabric. [Washingtonian]
  • PBS Book View Now will livestream this year’s National Book Festival. [Post]

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

  • Masked man arrested after waving knife in Barcelona Wine Bar. [Borderstan]
  • Nine bars where you can meet someone discretely without worrying about hackers [Washingtonian]
  • Eight places to try during Alexandria’s Summer Restaurant Week [Zagat]
  • UberEats will launch in D.C. next week. [Eater]
  • The Dabney prepares for its mid-September opening in Shaw. [Post]
  • Wheaties cereal will release a beer. [Drink DC]