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A derailed Metro train caused massive delays for area commuters on Thursday. Although the train wasn’t carrying passengers and the derailed cars have since been removed from the tracks, the rush-hour headaches continued this morning.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A man was killed near 23rd Street and Alabama Avenue SE early Friday morning, bringing D.C.’s homicide count this year to 88. Police are searching for three suspects, although none have been identified. [WUSA9]
  • Despite the uptick in homicides and armed assaults this year, a new report by the Urban Institute shows that the District is seeing historically low levels of violent crime. [City Desk]
  • Police arrested a man who was carrying an unregistered gun at the Potomac Avenue Metro station Thursday afternoon. The suspect’s name was not immediately available. [Post]
  • The U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. has launched an anti-synthetic drugs campaign at three area homeless shelters. [City Desk]
  • New to Nationals Park: a lounge where mothers can breastfeed their babies while watching live games on TV. [WTOP]

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

  • TGIF: Our annual Beer Issue is here! Read up on local breweries before drinking up this weekend.
  • Red Berets on the Red Line: The D.C. Guardian Angels will patrol select transitways in the District.
  • Scarlet Oak: A new restaurant close to Nationals Park has opened in Navy Yard. Featuring American fare, Scarlet Oak will serve “everything from tuna tartare with guacamole and crispy wontons to shrimp and jasmine rice in a green curry sauce.” Also on the wide-ranging menu: pizzas, pastas, and fried chicken.

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

  • Trayon White faces a big bill after asking for a recount. [LL]
  • Is this the District’s summer of violence? Not quite. [City DeskPost]
  • Where are councilmembers on blocking Pennsylvania Avenue U-turns? [GGW]
  • D.C. Housing Finance Agency program provides more than $100 million in mortgage help. [Post]
  • More hotels for The Wharf. [WBJ]
  • U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen grapples with synthetic drugs. [City Desk]
  • The District restarts hunt for a St. Elizabeths contractor. [WBJ]
  • Police investigate Tuesday shootings. [Post]

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

  • Local rapper GoldLink was a devoted student of hip-hop history. Now, he’s making it. [Arts Desk]
  • A review of code name: Cynthia, a very #ThisTown musical, at the Anacostia Arts Center  [Arts Desk]
  • At the Arlington Arts Center, there’s a giant lawn dart, a mechanical chicken drumstick, and a sun-bright neon basement on view. [Bmore Art]
  • Watch and listen to D.C. DJ Ayes Cold‘s “Beats for Brunch.” [BYT]
  • Woman saves Bono‘s life, claims she’s from D.C. but is actually from Virginia, and invites the hatred of millions by dissing New York City on the mic at Madison Square Garden. [Post]
  • Thoughts on Songbyrd Record Cafe, a restaurant and record store with listening stations that pay special attention to local artists [DC Music Download]

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

  • The best restaurants for adventurous District diners [DCist]
  • Peruvian restaurant Nazca Mochica coming to Dupont Circle. [Post]
  • What D.C.’s top restaurants have planned for Restaurant Week [Washingtonian]
  • Where to sip summery watermelon cocktails [Eater]
  • D.C.’s eight best restaurants for vegetarians [Thrillist]
  • Help restore Mama Ayesha’s mural after it was vandalized. [PoPville]