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“It’s not that I want to die. It’s that I want to control my own suffering.” So says Kelly Lange, a women with metastatic cancer who has advocated for death with dignity legislation in Maryland. Read our latest cover story about Lange’s and D.C. advocates’ uphill battle to change end-of-life treatment in the region.


  • The District’s Board of Elections yesterday approved language on an initiative that, if ultimately passed, would increase D.C.’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, from $10.50 an hour currently. California and New York also had their own minimum-wage victories yesterday. [Post, NPR]
  • D.C.’s population may be slowing, but it likely won’t decline anytime soon. Here are three ways D.C. can accommodate more people. [CityLab]
  • District police arrested 11 men in an anti-prostitution sting Wednesday, bringing the total count of such arrests this month to 41. [Post]
  • D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has proposed legislation that would change the governing structure of the Smithsonian. [City Desk]
  • A seven-months pregnant woman was stabbed while riding her bike in Southeast on Tuesday. [NBC Washington]


  • Bière Belge: Greg Engert, the beer director of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, will oversee a Belgian bar in Georgetown: the Sovereign.
  • Phoning While Biking: Just don’t do it, Gear Prudence counsels this week.
  • ICYMI: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week and had some things to say about the future of the District.

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

  • $15 minimum wage initiative will be on the ballot. [WAMUPost]
  • An update on Councilgram, the Instagram for D.C. Council parking scofflaws. [LL]
  • Courtland Milloy considers 14th Street gentrification. [Post]
  • DCTAG gets Senate subcommittee backing. [Post]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton weighs in Smithsonian crowd-funding. [City Desk]
  • Potential Arlington food truck regulations mirror the District’s. [Blade]
  • Teen’s body found in the Anacostia. [Post]
  • More on late former D.C. Taxicab Commission chief Ron Linton. [Post]

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

  • Dupont Circle will host its second silent disco dance party next month. [Borderstan]
  • Listen to “Heartless,” a jangly, driving tune from Color Palette‘s forthcoming EP. [Bandwidth]
  • Thoughts on the improbability of Sharknado 3, which is set in D.C. [Post]
  • Kenny Loggins will play a random local dude’s living room in September. [DCist]
  • The March on Washington Film Festival aims to push civil rights education beyond Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. [BYT]
  • A Q&A with Christylez Bacon, who pairs hip-hop with traditional music stylings from other countries in a monthly concert series at the Atlas [Post]

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

  • Take a look at six recently revamped restaurants. [Eater]
  • Joselyn Restaurant offers Latin dance lessons in Park View. [PoPville]
  • This bartender has been tipped in gold nuggets and an 8-ball. [VICE]
  • Tom Sietsema gives Maketto 2.5 stars. [Post]
  • New D.C. biz Bright Greens makes smoothie ice cubes. [Express]
  • Taste testing Del Campo’s bottomless brunch [BYT]