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Two young children at the troubled D.C. General homeless shelter tested positive for high levels of lead.


  • The lineup for the 2015 AFI DOCS film festival was announced. [Arts Desk]
  • The cleanup of the Anacostia River has a long way to go. [Post]
  • D.C.’s faux speakeasy fad isn’t done. [Young & Hungry]
  • D.C. is ranked the third-best city for parks in the country. [Post]


Peak Luxury Condo: A condo building hired a “sommelier in residence.”

New Franken-Dessert: This D.C. muffin purveyor knows what the muffin-top joint on Seinfeld was missing: ice cream.

How to Start a Weekend: Come to our music showcase on Friday with Pleasure Curses and Young Rapids! There’ll be free beer.

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

  • Elevated lead levels discovered in two children at D.C. General. [NBC4]
  • District considers appealing latest handgun ruling. [Post]
  • The Nose considers the new councilmembers. [Hill Rag]
  • DDOT puts in new barriers to block illegal U-turns on Pennsylvania Ave. [WAMU]
  • A look at UDC’s urban farm. [WAMU]
  • We’re so swole. [WAMU]
  • More on Vincent Orange‘s legislation to make bars test their noise levels. [Post]
  • Emancipation Day will push tax day for most of the country next year. [AP]
  • Charter board approves new schools. [Post]

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

  • This Friday, come to our show at the American Art Museum! Pleasure Curses and Young Rapids will make music, and Hellbender Brewery will give free beer tastings. [Arts Desk]
  • Watch Feedel Band, a local Ethiopian jazz outfit, play live at WAMU. [Bandwidth]
  • The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade will stage a free, outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Georgetown. [DCist]
  • A preview of Zombie: The American at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, a world premiere play that imagines a grim future for the U.S. [Washingtonian]
  • Musings on the absurdity of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, now showing at the Folger Theatre [DC Metro Theater Arts]

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

  • The nine most exciting summer restaurant openings [Zagat]
  • Where to find meat on a stick [Express]
  • Hill Country to host game-day pop-up across the street from Nationals Park. [Post]
  • Piassa Ethiopian Cuisine coming to former Caribbean Citations space in Shaw. [PoPville]
  • Where to stop for food on the way to the Maryland/Delaware shore [Eater]
  • Marriott wants to seed your dream bar in a shipping container. [WBJ]
  • Is this chocolate or blood? [BuzzFeed]