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On Sunday, comedian John Oliver devoted 17 minutes of his HBO talk show, Last Week Tonight, to D.C. statehood. The segment featured children singing, “Let them have gun laws! Let them have weed! Let them decide the things that they need!in a fantastic grand finale.


  • On July 31, a man was allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Columbia Heights. Police say at least seven people were involved in the incident, which occurred near 14th Street and Parkwood Place NW around 8 p.m. The suspects are still at-large. [WUSA9]
  • Donald Trump has sued chef José Andrés’ food group for $10 million, after Andrés pulled out of a deal to open the flagship restaurant in Trump’s new Old Post Office hotel. [Young & Hungry]
  • In June, Mayor Muriel Bowser held a session over mishandled taxpayer contracts totaling more than $1.3 billion. This was the first meeting of Bowser’s newly formed Procurement Accountability Review Board; the details of that meeting are just now being made public. [Post]
  • In a little over two weeks, D.C. police have arrested more than 100 men for soliciting prostitution, as part of a broader sting on prostitution. [Post]
  • Charnice Milton has been memorialized by The New Yorker as “a young black journalist” whose life-work was “shoe-leather, in-the-flesh reporting, bound for print.” Milton, 27, was killed on May 27. [New Yorker]


  • The Rent is Too Damn High: A national housing report out of Harvard puts numbers to what D.C. residents already know: 46 percent of area renters are burdened by high housing costs.
  • A Kickstarter… for the Smithsonian?: District museums are starting to use online crowdfunding to boost their fundraising efforts. Arts Editor Christina Cauterucci rounds up some of the most recent campaigns.
  • Ibiza, D.C.: Read our latest cover story on the District’s most infamous megaclub, where patrons were once held, sometimes against their will, in a “detox room.”

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

  • Cathy Lanier will meet with police chiefs in face of violence spike. [WAMU]
  • Marion C. Barry says he’ll back Trayon White in Ward 8. [LL]
  • Vincent Orange demands ping-pong satisfaction. [LL]
  • Hill staffer slashing likely not a hate crime. [Blade]
  • Activist: Police prostitution stings are catching transgender sex workers. [Blade]
  • Inclusionary zoning rules create a headache for developer. [WBJ]

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

  • The Hirshhorn got 14 people to donate a total of $555 in its crowdfunding campaign for an Ai Weiwei exhibition. Five days after the Air and Space Museum launched its crowdfunding page for restoring Neil Armstrong‘s spacesuit, it had topped its goal of $500,000. [Arts Desk]
  • Local rapper Babeo Baggins of Barf Troop released a mixtape called Posi+ive, and Noisey calls it some of the best music of the month. [Noisey]
  • The Notorious R.B.G. caught the opening-night performance of Dear Evan Hansen. [Washingtonian]
  • Listen to “Sunstroke,” a new single from D.C. folk-rock outfit Wylder. [DC Music Download]
  • A profile of Thomas Kail, the Alexandria native who directs this season’s biggest Broadway breakout, Hamilton [Post]

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

  • District Taco founder hires company that laid him off to build Rosslyn restaurant. [ARLnow]
  • Do we really need D.C. Beer Week? [Post]
  • Trusty’s celebrates 10 years in Capitol Hill. [Eater]
  • Six can’t miss restaurant openings [Washingtonian]
  • Purple Patch launches Filipino brunch. [DCist]
  • Behold the ramen ice cream sandwich [BYT]
  • Bar Otsukare pop-up returns to Crane & Turtle tonight. [New Columbia Heights]