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Starburst Plaza—a public space at the intersection of four major streets in Northeast—has seen a growing number of synthetic-drug incidents over the past few weeks. The surrounding community is trying to clean up the plaza with maintenance and programming, in tandem with police enforcement.


  • Claudia Roldan, a daycare worker at Kiddie Academy of DC, is accused of abusing two babies at the child-care center in Foggy Bottom. [WTOP]
  • A 25-year-old man, Isiah Ageyekum, was shot and killed in Bellevue yesterday afternoon. Police are still investigating the killing. [WUSA9]
  • Councilmember Jack Evans hopes to curb prostitution in the District. His plan? A bill he’s calling: “Honey, I lost the car.” [City Desk]
  • A map based on census tracts and household density shows which areas of the region are “urban” and “suburban.” [Greater Greater Washington]
  • Could you get pink eye by going to the National Building Museum’s “BEACH” ball-pit exhibit? One woman tells City Paper she did. [Arts Desk]
  • What do Shake Shack, the Nats, HBO’s Girls, and the D.C. government have in common? You guessed it: fonts! [Washingtonian]


  • Cover Story: D.C. and Maryland are considering death with dignity bills to potentially expand end-of-life choices. Read our latest cover here.
  • Shaw Rising: Roughly 20 new restaurants and bars will open in Shaw this coming year. Check out our map of the trending neighborhood.
  • I’ll Be There for You: The authors of a note that appeared at a Mount Pleasant bus stop yesterday are asking for some friends. Take their quiz.

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

  • The D.C. Council considers Mary Cheh‘s “death with dignity” bill. [WCP]
  • District officials ask hospitals to collect more synthetic drug information. [WAMU]
  • Office of the Attorney General wins huge judgment in travel website case. [Post]
  • Read the Muriel Bowser administration style guide. [Washingtonian]
  • Starburst Plaza earns a new nickname for the prevalence of synthetic drugs there. [City Desk]
  • Anti-prostitution stings continue. [Borderstan]
  • District updates its sexual assault app. [Post]

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

  • The National Building Museum’s giant ball pit is “really fun and a minor public health risk. I just don’t want other people to get pink eye.” [Arts Desk]
  • Should the Smithsonian be using Kickstarter to finance its restoration of Neil Armstrong‘s moon-walk suit? [Arts Desk]
  • Here’s how W.S. Jenks & Son, a Bladensburg Road NE hardware store, became a theater venue for Capital Fringe. [Fringeworthy]
  • The histories of D.C.’s musician murals [DC Music Download]
  • A gorgeous video of Leo Villareal‘s immersive light tunnel at the National Gallery of Art [DCist]
  • Black-and-white photos of a changing D.C. [Post]

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

  • The D.C.-area’s most dog-friendly bar and restaurant patios [Post]
  • Ten amazing tasting menus around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Ten places to eat arepas [Eater]
  • Kalye Filipino street food coming back to EatsPlace. [PoPville]
  • Take an ice cream tour of Old Town Alexandria. [Express]
  • Where to eat hot dogs [BYT]