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The operator of the Metro train involved in January’s deadly smoke incident tells the NTSB he asked for permission to return the train to the platform, but Metro command told him to wait in the tunnel.


  • An hour-long look at the life of Chuck Brown premieres tomorrow. [Arts Desk]
  • The local NFL team is in federal court today defending its name. [WBJ]
  • D.C. police plan to expand their use of body-worn cameras to 1,600 officers by late 2016. [WAMU]
  • Major work begins today on the Capitol Crossing project. [Post]


Submerged: There will be no (e)merge art fair this year.

Friends in High PlacesKarl Racine resigned from nonprofit boards when he became attorney general, but that didn’t stop him continuing to help two of them.

Moment of Vermouth: D.C. is having one.

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

  • Kaya Henderson: “We need to do more” for DCPS student progress. [Post]
  • New police body cameras will be deployed in Northeast and Southeast. [WAMU]
  • Donald Trump plans to put $42 million of his own money into the Old Post Office. [WBJ]
  • Six years after Red Line crash, Metro woes persist. [Post]
  • The “phantom planter” returns. [Post]

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

  • Watch a new hour-long TV documentary on Chuck Brown’s life tomorrow night. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of Paperhaus at the French embassy [DC Music Download]
  • A first-person essay from the writer of Salvation Road, a cult story inspired by the playwright’s own experiences, which will open at the Capital Fringe Festival next month [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Photos of Viet Cong (a band made up of people who are not Vietnamese) and Girl Band (a band made up of people who are not girls or women) at the Rock & Roll Hotel [BYT]
  • This year’s AFI DOCS was timely, focused, and put audiences first. [Post]

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

  • Donburi releases a new menu. [PoPville]
  • Around 80 restaurants opened this spring in the D.C. area. [Eater]
  • Former White House chef found dead near hiking trail in New Mexico. [NYTimes]
  • The best dishes of 2015 so far [Zagat]
  • The problem with small plates and small tables [Post]
  • Local food is still a niche. Can it grow beyond that? [NPR]