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A new report says D.C. employers who change work schedules at the last minute cause severe economic hardship for their employees.


  • The Hirshhorn debates the New York Times over whether it has windows. [Arts Desk]
  • Video: D.C. dog missing for four years reunited with owner. Did we mention there’s video? [City Desk]
  • In one day last year, D.C. providers were unable to meet 77 requests for services from domestic violence victims. [City Desk]
  • A new Circulator route starts this Sunday that’ll make it easier to get around the Mall. [City Desk]


The Food Issue: Where can I go to carbo-load before the big race? Where can I get leisurely coffee without fighting for a seat? Where can I drink while I’m expecting? Where can I take someone who I’m only meeting with because I feel terrible saying “no?” Those questions and 46 more, answered in The Food Issue.

Pop Philosopher: Commercial composer by day, Louis Weeks shares his philosophy of pop music.

Year of Plenty: The joys of the off-cycle D.C. Council seat.

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

  • Report on D.C. Jail: vermin, leaks, and excessive solitary. [WAMU, PostTimes]
  • Congress blocks legalized pot sales, but doesn’t move to reverse other parts of legalization. [Post, WAMU]
  • District sues MPD officers accused of fraudulently enrolling kids in DCPS. [Post]
  • New Circulator route for the Mall. [City DeskPost]
  • District missed out on over 70 domestic violence calls in a single day. [City Desk]
  • Where the District’s most expensive apartment rents are. [WBJ]

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

  • Commercial composer by day, Louis Weeks shares his philosophy of pop music. [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to Cartoon Weapons‘ nine-minute prog-rock adventure, “Any Robot But You.” [Arts Desk]
  • A preview of Letters From Zora: In Her Own Words, showing at the DC Black Theatre Festival [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Listen to Cigarette‘s gorgeous new album, Chapel Sounds. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Big changes for D.C.’s choral ensembles are in the works. [Post]
  • While Prince is in town for two shows at the Warner Theatre (which sold out in a millisecond), he might play a set at the White House. [Post]

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

  • Eight new reasons to dine out in Virginia [Zagat]
  • At least 300 first dates at Clarendon’s Faccia Luna have ended in marriage, says co-owner. [ARLnow]
  • Blackwall Hitch brings three riverfront patios to Alexandria. [Washingtonian]
  • Try Uzbek cuisine at Silk Road Choyhona in Gaithersburg, Md. [Post]
  • Second State is closed for good, according to anonymous sources. [Borderstan]
  • Bayou Bakery chef David Guas shows off his grilling toys. [NoVa Mag]
  • Crumbs & Coffee has closed in Adams Morgan. [PoPville]
  • D.C.’s most anticipated restaurant openings of 2015 [Eater]