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David Wilson, an inmate convicted for being the getaway driver in a D.C. murder case, uncovered the existence of a confession he says will exonerate him, but nobody can find the tape. Read our cover story about his tale, which touches on how evidence is handled, records are preserved, and information is made public through FOIA.


  • Mayor Muriel Bowser yesterday announced a wind-power-energy deal the District has struck with Iberdrola Renewables, which promises to supply 35 percent of the D.C. government’s electricity over the next 20 years. Though it won’t lower individuals’ utility bills, the deal is projected to save taxpayers $40 million over that period. Also announced: “the Department of Energy & Environment.” [City Desk, Post]
  • Metro had foreknowledge of the track problem that caused last Thursday’s early-morning derailment of a non-passenger train at Smithsonian station. Metro’s director Jack Requa said at a press conference Wednesday that the “wide-gauge” issue had been identified in July. [City Desk, Post, Fox 5 DC, WUSA9]
  • Following a triple shooting in Shaw Tuesday and other violent crimes in the area throughout the past few of months, a 24/7 community police tent has been set up at the intersection of 7th and O streets NW. [WUSA9]
  • D.C. Councilmember David Grosso is considering legislation that would decriminalize prostitution. Since last month, police have arrested 157 people in a prostitution sting, mostly downtown. [Loose Lips, Post]
  • D.C. is offering rewards of up to $250 for information on illegal dirt bikes and ATVs. [NBC Washington]
  • Coming soon to Chinatown (maybe): A 350-person capacity cigar lounge, serving food and drink. [WBJ]


  • Lobbyist Rave: A new EDM venue from the owners of Echostage, Soundcheck, opened last night at 1420 K St. NW. In addition to EDM mixes, the club is offering laser lights and LED displays.
  • Food Trucks in Rosslyn: If you work at Deloitte or Boeing, you’ll soon have a few more lunch options than Sweetgreen: A pilot program creating four food-truck vending zones in the city kicks off Aug. 17.
  • Bike Friendships—Are They a Thing?: Gear Prudence investigates in this week’s issue of City Paper.

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

  • Metro found, didn’t take care of problem ahead of derailment. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • David Grosso wants to decriminalize prostitution. [LL]
  • District agencies enter into HIV case. [Blade]
  • After Shaw shootings, police open all-night stand. [Borderstan]
  • Report: charters should be ranked on financial performance. [Post]

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

  • Soundcheck, a new K Street NW EDM venue from the owners of Echostage, opened last night. [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to a groovy new track from local R&B vocalist Visto, who’s been spending some serious time in Atlanta these days. [Arts Desk]
  • Lavish trips, fancy dinners, expensive hotels—the Library of Congress’ elite fundraising council spent nearly half of its money on itself. [Post]
  • The Bentzen Ball, BYT’s annual comedy festival curated by Tig Notaro, will return this October. [Express]
  • A profile of street artist Borf a decade after his D.C.-wide graffiti campaign [Post]

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