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Capital BikeShare—the second-largest bicycle-sharing system in the U.S.—will grow by 577 bicycles and about 60 stations this fall, totaling $3.5 million in costs. The Washington Post calculates that each bike costs just over $1,200.


  • In other transportation news: A ride-sharing service called Bridj will shuttle people around the District in vans, for $2-5 a person. 14 commuters can fit in the service’s vans, which have WiFi. [NBC Washington]
  • He’s at it again: After suing D.C. chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup last Friday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian for removing his planned restaurant from Trump’s future hotel at the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Ave. [Young & Hungry]
  • D.C. police are investigating a series of shootings Tuesday night that occurred around the District. [Post]
  • CPs and trees: The District is targeting illegal tree removal with the help of tech-firm Esri. [WBJ]
  • In further evidence that he’s a cool dad, President Obama celebrated his 54th birthday on Tuesday at D.C. hotspot Rose’s Luxury, in Southeast’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (No, he didn’t have to wait in their famously long line. What did he order, though?) [The Hill]


  • And So It Begins: Pumpkin-flavored beers are already hitting the D.C. market. It’s barely August, people!
  • Hemp Day: Today is the grand opening of Capitol Hemp in Adams Morgan, which officially reopened this Monday. Co-owner Adam Eidinger says his customers won’t have to censor themselves about using bongs or cultivating cannabis plants now that pot is legal in the District. (The store is also selling hemp pretzels.)
  • Upper Echelon: That’s the name of the first joint-album from West Baltimore rap-duo HS (Higher Standard), who recorded it during the Baltimore uprising. You can listen to rappers True God and Shokus Apollo here.

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

  • Cathy Lanier doesn’t have a great answer about what’s behind the violence spike. [City Desk]
  • Hey, remember the Express? [Post]
  • Buy a bong from the guy who legalized weed. [City DeskPost]
  • Cops want sentencing reform. [WAMU]
  • Saving Hains Point [WAMU]

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

  • During the Baltimore Uprising the childhood best friends of West Baltimore rap duo HS recorded an escape from reality. [Arts Desk]
  • The most recently ousted contestant on Food Network Star is opening a restaurant inspired by the places where white expats gather in Southeast Asia. [Young & Hungry]
  • Touring the convention center’s public art collection [DCist]
  • Where to see comedy in August [BYT]
  • Sanjit Sethi, currently the director of the Santa Fe Art Institute, will be GWU’s first head of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. [Post]
  • Why the American Century Theater’s Jack Marshall would never direct Twelve Angry Men with a mixed-gender cast [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Thip Khao named among America’s 50 best new restaurants. [Bon Appétit]
  • President Barack Obama celebrates his birthday at Rose’s Luxury. [The Hill]
  • Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken readies to open in Falls Church. [Washingtonian]
  • New craft brewery to open near Shirlington this fall. [ARLnow]
  • Dupont’s Pizza No. 17 becomes Pasha’s Kitchen. [PoPville]
  • 12 chefs name their favorite D.C. sandwiches [Thrillist]