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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier noted at a press conference Thursday that a significant number of homicides this year—more than 10 percent of 91 cases—have involved repeat violent offenders. The homicide count is up 28 percent as compared with this time last year; since June 1, an average of four people each week have been killed in the District.


  • Tenants of the Maine Avenue Fish Market have filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the developers of The Wharf, the $2 billion development project on the Southwest Waterfront. The plaintiffs allege that the developers have violated lease agreements and are attempting eviction. [Housing Complex]
  • Federal lawmakers from Maryland are criticizing Metro’s handling of a recent track problem that caused a non-passenger train to derail last Thursday. Metro’s Board of Directors issued a statement yesterday calling the fact that the problem went unaddressed for four weeks “totally unacceptable.” [The Hill, Metro News]
  • Driving Alone: No, it’s not the sequel to Bowling Alone; it’s the results of a Census Bureau Report on the habits of hundreds of thousands of commuters in the D.C.-metropolitan area, based on 2013 numbers. [WTOP]
  • D.C. United lost to New York City FC, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium last night. The game had been tied up until the 80th minute. [MLS Soccer]
  • Comedian and actress Mindy Kaling’s upcoming book event at Sixth & I sold out in two minutes. [Post]


  • Invisible Tape: What if police lost the murder confession that might exonerate you? Read our cover story.
  • Living-at-Large: Councilmember Vincent Orange gets his first challenger in 32-year-old David Garber.
  • Mystery Ingredients: D.C.-area chefs are working with local farmers to custom-grow obscure ingredients.

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

  • Muriel Bowser faces a rising murder rate. [WAMUPost]
  • David Garber launches his at-large campaign against Vincent Orange. [LL]
  • Fish market legal fight continues. [City Desk]
  • DDOT unveils Vision Zero-themed bikes. [Borderstan]
  • Man arrested in 3-year-old’s death. [Post]
  • Students head to Ocean City for District autonomy. [Post]

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

  • A saxophone and an electric bass were stolen from two of Arts Desk’s favorite D.C. musicians last weekend. [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to BRNDA‘s smirking “Boyfriend,” which offended singer Dave Lesser‘s mom, but not so much that it ruined Christmas. [Arts Desk]
  • Dear Evan Hansen, a buzzy new musical now at Arena Stage, will be staged Off-Broadway in the spring. [Post]
  • A preview of Signature Theatre’s annual “Summer Hummer,” where local stars of the stage perform in various states of undress [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Color Palette‘s newest track, “Rain,” delivers lush synth-pop with gorgeous, wistful vocals. [Bandwidth]