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Three men were shot near 7th and O streets NW in Shaw around 10 p.m. last night, leaving one person in critical condition. In the past three months, that section of the neighborhood has seen three homicides and several assaults.


  • D.C. police have arrested D’Andre Britton, 26, for allegedly stabbing a Macy’s security guard at the store’s Metro Center location after trying to shoplift something Tuesday afternoon. [Fox 5 DC, WTOP]
  • Police say Renita Nettles, the woman shot by an officer on Clay Terrace Saturday evening, had been taking synthetic drugs mixed with PCP. According to court documents, Nettles said, “I’m ready to die!” immediately before being shot. She remains hospitalized and will appear in D.C. Superior Court. [Post]
  • More synthetic-drug news: D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said officers have arrested about 65 people for buying and selling synthetic drugs in the past few months, but that prosecution is challenging. [WTOP]
  • Metro announced Tuesday that it would install video monitors on X2 buses to help deter crime, as a pilot program. [City Desk]
  • Private-sector job growth in the District over the past decade has created billions of dollars in market value and tax revenue, research by D.C.’s Office of Revenue Analysis shows. [WBJ]


  • “Lunch Money”: A private “permit expediter” has been accused of paying gratuities (“lunch money”) to three staffers at the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in order to fast-track permits.
  • New Menu at Mandu: The 18th Street NW location of the D.C. Korean establishment will be getting a new menu by the end of September. Don’t worry: Mandu will still serve mandu.
  • “Are You Calling 911?”: So asked a U.S. Attorney’s Office representative during a presentation on the dangers of synthetic drugs held Tuesday at Central Union Mission, one of D.C.’s biggest homeless shelters.

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

  • Federal government’s property downsizing could mean bucks for the District. [WBJPost]
  • “Permit expediter” accused of paying off DCRA employees for as much as $500 a pop. [LL]
  • Post ed board: Muriel Bowser‘s FOIA deal isn’t enough. [Post]
  • “Roof runners” terrorize tony neighborhoods. [WUSA9]
  • More on David Garber‘s at-large run. [Blade]
  • Police suspect synthetic drug in incident that provoked police shooting. [Post]
  • Deborah Simmons: Metro is too cheap! Pay up, cheapskates. [Times]
  • DCPS ditches “Beautification Day.” [Post]

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

  • See hypnotic photos of schools of Hawaiian fish making undulating, coordinated shapes at the National Academy of Sciences. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of Title Tracks at DC9 [Arts Desk]
  • An actual dude named Evan Hansen—an Army second lieutenant from Virginia—saw Dear Evan Hansen and found more to relate to than just the character’s name. [Post]
  • Four Congressional interns turned the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song into an awkward, confusing recruiting anthem about Wisconsin. [DCist]
  • Watch Virginia pop-punk act American Television‘s adorably earnest new video for “Optimist.” [Bandwidth]
  • A show at GALA about racism and police violence convinces this author that millenials are pretty great after all. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • 50 dishes in D.C. that should be on your bucket list [Thrillist]
  • 13 new restaurants to try during summer Restaurant Week [Washingtonian]
  • Is algae the next soy? [NPR]
  • Anonymous sources say Tico chef Michael Schlow is opening a third restaurant in the former Kushi space. [WBJ]
  • The early word on Mike Isabella‘s Pepita [Eater]
  • New beer festival coming to Rosslyn. [ARLnow]