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Metro may abandon plans to install fare gates that allow riders to pay by tapping their smartphones or credit cards.


  • Coming to Shaw: a wine, charcuterie, and cheese bar. [Young & Hungry]
  • A petition against a new 7-Eleven on 14th Street NW shows the classism of NIMBYism. [CityLab]
  • All the latest action at Capital Fringe. [Fringeworthy]


Fringe on Top: The founder of Capital Fringe has big plans: “We need to make it possible for artists to live here.”

Foo Fight: We couldn’t photograph the Foo Fighters on July 4. Here’s what we did instead.

Gear Prudence: A two-parter: 1) What do I do about tailgaters? 2) Can I bike shirtless?

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

  • Cops face problems testing for synthetic drugs. [Post]
  • Charles Allen asks DCRA to investigate whether Donald Trump is breaking sign laws. [LL]
  • New bill means bigger penalties for synthetic drug sellers. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Phil Mendelson deals with the D.C. Council’s freshmen. [LL]
  • Florida Ave. development waits on Council action. [GGW]
  • Destination D.C. could scale back after budget cuts. [WBJ]
  • Window fight on U Street. [WBJ]
  • Colby King asks about unsolved murders. [Post]
  • District shelters in the summer. [Post]

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

  • The Castleton Festival, a month of classical music, opera, and Shakespeare productions, is happening now in Rappahannock County, Va. [Washingtonian]
  • An interview with Ryan McLaughlin of Typefighter on why the band broke up and how his other group, Polyon, is different [DC Music Download]
  • A new musical premiering at Arena Stage is by and about young folks. Will they come to see it? [DCist]
  • Photos of Shark Week playing at the National Building Museum’s giant seasonal ball pit [BYT]
  • Jeffrey Herbst will be the new president and CEO of the Newseum. [Post]

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

  • The Passenger is coming back to Shaw in 2016. [Post]
  • Walters Sports Bar opening this week in Petworth. [PoPville]
  • Why you shouldn’t eat mid-range meals [Washingtonian]
  • Ardeo + Bardeo has a new chef. [Eater]
  • D.C. Central Kitchen graduates its 100th class. [DCist]
  • Restaurateur Michael Babin yields to resident pressure on new Barracks Row restaurant. [Capitol Hill Corner]