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Local reporter Charnice Milton, who covered wards 6, 7, and 8 for Capital Community News, was shot to death on Wednesday. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the suspected gunman was aiming for someone else when he shot Milton, who was transferring buses in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road SE.


  • Packing heat in the District just got a little easier. [Loose Lips]
  • Woman behind anti-Islam ad that led Metro to ban all political ads says, “This is sharia in America.” [DCist]
  • Wizards star John Wall got kicked off an airplane after a verbal altercation. [Post]
  • Local pizza chain Matchbox seeks $11 million from investors to go national. [Post]


Stream of Consciousness: This week’s cover story looks at how advocates have taken what they learned at Malcolm X Park, a federal park pulled from the grips of drugs and violence, to Marvin Gaye Park in Ward 7.

Pros and Condos: D.C. bands have some opinions about the city’s condos.

Acid Fest: Meet the guy who’s bringing a vinegar revolution to D.C.

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

  • Judge refuses stay in concealed-carry case. [LL]
  • More difficult courses planned for DCPS. [Post]
  • Reporter killed near Good Hope Road in shooting. [Hill RagCity DeskPost]
  • Relisha Rudd‘s influence on the new budget. [Post]
  • Memorial Bridge is partially shut down. [Post]
  • Report: officials knew about lead in D.C. General. [NBC4]
  • With Mohammad ad campaign looming, Metro bans “offensive” ads. [WAMU]
  • Union Market developer wants $90 million help from the city. [WBJ]

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

  • In merch, songs, and videos, how Puff Pieces, Chain & the Gang, Oddisee, Coup Sauvage & the Snips, Jack on Fire, and Paperhaus respond to D.C.’s condo craze [Arts Desk]
  • At 14 years old, Dave Grohl wrote Ian MacKaye an adorable fan letter. [D.C. Music Download]
  • A roundup of free summer concerts in D.C. [Post]
  • A chat with the actors who play the undead in Woolly Mammoth’s Zombie: The American [DCist]
  • Photos of Patrick Watson and the Low Anthem at the 9:30 Club [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Matchbox seeks $11 million for 48 locations by 2020. [Post]
  • The new Washington Nationals wine has nothing to do with Washington. [Washingtonian]
  • Nine restaurants where you can find soup dumplings [Eater]
  • More of the best barbecue in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • Hop, Cask and Barrel liquor store coming to Wisconsin Avenue NW. [PoPville]
  • A guide to Negronis [BYT]