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Three fatal shootings occurred across the District Tuesday afternoon: one at a Catholic church on East Capitol Street SE, another in an apartment on Congress Street SE, and the last in a house on 17th Street NE. These shootings bring the tally of homicides to 97 this year—a 30 percent rise as compared with homicides at this point in 2014. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier are facing increasing pressure to put an end to the violent crime.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A young child who was “less than 5 feet tall” reportedly robbed a man at gunpoint on Madison Street NW yesterday afternoon, along with another child, described as 13- to 14-years-old and somewhat taller. [Post]
  • Robert Smith Sr. has been charged with killing his five-week-old son, who sustained “multiple blunt force injuries in the manner of homicide.” Smith admitted to squeezing his child to stop his crying. [WUSA9]
  • The ethics lawsuit against former D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham has been revived. [Loose Lips]
  • George Mason University has started constructing its new $73 million health sciences building. [WBJ]
  • Upcoming global celebrity visits to the District: Pope Francis and now Prince Harry. [Post, People]

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

  • Whiskey Soft Serve: Need we say more? The Airedale, open in Columbia Heights Thursday, is making it.
  • Soundcheck Review: City Paper went inside D.C.’s latest EDM venue on K Street and it was a throwback.
  • Eat ALL the Fried Things: …at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s second, newest spot in Falls Church.

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

  • Lawsuit against Jim Graham survives appeal court. [LLPost]
  • Two shootings in Southeast Tuesday. [Post]
  • The District surveys homeless youth for the first time. [WAMU]
  • OCFO: private sector growth is slowing down. [Post]
  • District homebuyers are less likely to pay in cash than the national average. [WBJ]
  • Newly revealed plans for St. Elizabeths West. [WBJ]
  • A lesson in bike lane parking. [GGW]

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

  • Soundcheck, D.C.’s newest venue for EDM, is exactly what today’s dance-culture resurgence ordered. [Arts Desk]
  • Two reportedly drunk women at Signature Theatre’s The Fix stumbled onstage, then backstage, during the show to find a bathroom. [Post]
  • Photos of SynchroSwim, Washington Project for the Arts’ annual synchronized swimming and performance-art show at the Capitol Skyline pool [DCist]
  • Profiles of three notable D.C. buskers: Brass Connection, DuPont Brass, and Vasili Frankos [DC Music Download]
  • Photos of Jonny Grave and the Tombstones at the 9:30 Club [BYT]
  • Listen to Chain & the Gang live at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom [nyctaper]

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

  • Mike Isabella, Jen Carroll to launch seafood pop-up in former Gypsy Soul space with restaurant called Requin to follow. [Post]
  • Indiegogo campaign raises funds to help José Andrés with Trump-related legal fees. [Eater]
  • The Smith, originally destined for CityCenterDC, finds a new space. [WBJ]
  • 1831 Bar & Lounge will be a “steampunk-inspired” bar. [Borderstan]
  • La Tomate in Dupont Circle celebrates its 28th birthday. [PoPville]
  • Five anticipated restaurants opening this fall [Express]
  • D.C. restaurant names that almost happened [Washingtonian]