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During the recent smoke incident on Metro, firefighters reportedly had difficulty using their radios because D.C. Fire and EMS made changes to its radio system without alerting Metro.


  • The head of D.C.’s Office of Planning under Mayor Tony Williams returns to find his waterfront vision largely realized. [Housing Complex]
  • After a trademark dispute, D.C.’s Three Little Pigs is changing its name. [Young & Hungry]
  • The safety crisis at Metro has put Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s cautious leadership style in the spotlight. [Post]
  • Metro could face more than 50 lawsuits over the smoke incident. The attorney representing many of those affected formerly worked for Metro and says she no longer rides it. [Housing Complex]


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

  • District and Metro clash over radio encryption. [PostWAMU]
  • Muriel Bowser picks ex-WCP ad staffer to head LGBT office. [Blade]
  • That’s the LGBT office, not the GLBT office. [Post]
  • Congress Heights development gets complicated. [Housing Complex]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras takes a dim view of deputy mayor for east of the river position. [Post]
  • Uber drivers in the District make more than cabbies. [WBJ]
  • Planner finds Southwest looked a lot like he wanted. [Housing Complex]
  • The never-executed arrest warrant for David Gregory, finally revealed. [Legal Insurrection]
  • Michelle Rhee returns. [Post]

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

  • D.C.’s hottest neighborhood for housing is … Woodridge. [Redfin]
  • Fire department encrypted radios without informing Metro. [WAMU]
  • Metro Transit officer says fire officials rejected offers of help. [NBC4]
  • NIMBYism (loosely defined) could be costing the U.S. economy hundreds of billions. [Vox]
  • Uber drivers in D.C. make $4.60 an hour more than taxi drivers. [Post]
  • Nonprofit downsizing poses a threat to D.C.’s commercial real estate. [WBJ]
  • The federal ban on a commuter tax is costing us money but landing us good athletes. [Post]
  • DDOT pivots to bike lanes that require removal of car lanes. [WashCycle]
  • Today on the market: Dupont 1BR—-$399,999

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

  • Where’s the best place to see brand-new plays? What’s a good indie radio station? Find out in our Answers Issue. [WCP]
  • How communities create public art spaces, like the forthcoming Dupont Underground [The Kojo Nnamdi Show]
  • A Silver Spring geek is competing on a TBS reality show to be King of the Nerds. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of Marilyn Manson at the Fillmore Silver Spring [BYT]
  • How an area illustrator ended up drawing Paddington Bear [Post]
  • Local actor and director Christopher Henley offers insight into the Helen Hayes theater wage debate. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • D.C.-bred singer/rapper Visto is down for the pursuit of pleasure in all its forms. [Post]

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

  • The eight best Asian noodles in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • Bone broth is coming to Red Apron Butcher in Penn Quarter. [Post]
  • Kapnos chef George Pagonis gets kicked off Top Chef … again. [Washingtonian]
  • Summer House Santa Monica comes to North Bethesda. [Zagat]
  • Where to find chia seeds [Eater]
  • Georgetown Park looks to bring in restaurants. [WBJ]