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This week’s cover story: At 81, Sam Gilliam is having a moment, as the the art world rediscovers him once again.


  • Former D.C. Del. Walter Fauntroy‘s disappearance has confounded his supporters. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C. could exhaust its 202 area code by the end of the decade. [Post]
  • Metro says overcrowding on the X2 bus has been “virtually eliminated,” but riders beg to differ. [Housing Complex]
  • Metro station managers and bus drivers describe the frequent threats and abuse they get from customers. [WAMU]


Tour de Forks: Why some local restauranteurs and chefs host trips around the world.

Jailhouse Block: The Council will once again take up the controversial D.C. Jail health care contract.

Closing Time: As Chief Ike’s prepares to close, its owner reflects on more than 20 years in Adams Morgan: “This is an old funky bar that time has passed by.”

Voice Recognition: D.C. musician Jack Gregori sang on The Voice, then got new fans and explicit Facebook messages.

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

  • Harry Thomas Jr. crony finds a job in the Muriel Bowser administration—-briefly. [LL]
  • Walter Fauntroy supporters ask him to return from mystery trip to Dubai. [LLReutersPost]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton cannot park. [The Hill]
  • LaRuby May wins Gertrude Stein endorsement in Ward 8 race. [Blade]
  • Hide your potholes—-Potholepalooza has begun. [WAMU]
  • Metro claims the X2 isn’t overcrowded anymore. [Housing Complex]
  • OSSE sends personal information to Buzzfeed. [Post]
  • Agony at the DMV. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Get excited: A big self-storage facility’s coming to New York Avenue NE. [WBJ]
  • DDOT chief says WMATA needs to change. [GGW]
  • Georgetown church-turned-condos could deliver this fall. [UrbanTurf]
  • Dentists extract a small piece of Capitol Hill. [WBJ]
  • The 202 area code could run out of numbers by 2019. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Glover Park studio—-$218,000

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

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

  • ​Mike IsabellaStephen Starr, and others in talks to open restaurants at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront. [WBJ]
  • Where and when to find half-priced wine in D.C. [Eater]
  • Where to find the best fried chicken in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • Take a peek inside D.C.’s first Bonchon. [Washingtonian]
  • José Andrés is already planning to open a second Beefsteak. [Post]
  • Craft beer shop coming to Courthouse. [ARLnow]