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More than 60 men have been arrested over the past two weeks in downtown D.C. as part of a sting operation against prostitution. Many of the arrests have occurred in Ward 2, represented by Councilmember Jack Evans, who recently proposed a bill that would require District police to impound cars that are suspected of “being used in furtherance of… a prostitution-related offense.”


  • On Friday, Jasper Spires—the suspect in the July 4 Metro stabbing that fatally wounded Kevin Sutherland—was ordered to be evaluated for mental competence. District Judge Robert E. Morin also ordered Spires to be held in jail until his next hearing in late August. [City Desk]
  • Metro officials and representatives from Northern Virginia will today discuss the impact of the Silver Line, for its one-year anniversary. [AP]
  • Joan Bowie-Brockenberry, a 71-year-old District resident who went missing last week, has been found “safe and in good health.” [WTOP]
  • In a last-minute comeback, D.C. United beat the Philadelphia Union this weekend 3-2. Fabian Espindola scored the winning goal. [MLS]
  • On Friday, pop-star Ariana Grande stopped by the Washington Humane Society and took Instagram pictures of rescue dogs. Grande was in town for a concert at Verizon Center Saturday night. She “wanted to take every single baby home,” she wrote on an Instagram post. [Post]


  • Farm-to-TableRob Weland‘s Garrison, a restaurant based around local farms, has opened on Barracks Row. Mhm, bison hanger steak.
  • Lighting Up on the Job?: The D.C. Board of Elections will consider a ballot initiative that would regularly drug test councilmembers, the mayor, and top District employees.
  • Forget Trips to IKEA: Turns out you can transport a fridge on Metro—at least physically, and during the middle of the day, anyways.

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

  • Time to drug-test councilmembers, says former D.C. Council candidate. [LL]
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert tacks onto the District’s immigration policy. [Times]
  • What’s behind this wild Metro contract? [Post]
  • Police continue their prostitution stings. [NBC4]
  • Why no bylines for the Post‘s ed board? [Post]
  • Zoning mess kills off what would have been a delicious Woodley Park Nando’s Peri Peri. [WBJ]

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

  • At the D.C. Public Library, visitors can record music, laser cut, and 3-D print for free. [Arts Desk]
  • “Art in the Age of Code,” an exhibition of visual art made with the help of technology, is kitschy and cool. [Arts Desk]
  • Philip Kennicott on the Kennedy Center Honors, which he says have lost their way by bowing to celebrity clout and TV fame. [Post]
  • Fox News weighs in on a libertarian’s screed against Synetic Theater’s silent Shakespeare productions. [DCist]
  • Photos of Tanlines and Mas Ysa at U Street Music Hall [DC Music Download]
  • A human rights activist is protesting Olney Theatre’s staging of The Producers on the grounds that it makes light of the Holocaust. [Washingtonian]

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

  • The District’s best veggie burgers [DCist]
  • D.C. total tap takeover coming to ChurchKey. [DC Beer]
  • Why the sommelier watches how you attack the bread basket [Post]
  • After zoning fight, Nando’s Peri-Peri cancels Woodley Park plans. [WBJ]
  • Ten salty cocktails that aren’t margaritas [Eater]
  • Everything you need to know about barbecue in Northern Virginia. [NoVa Mag]