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An investigation by D.C. Fire and EMS into the response to the deadly smoke incident at Metro’s L’Enfant Plaza station will likely be complete by the end of next week. At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Mayor Muriel Bowser said the fire department’s response time seemed “customary.” Passengers on the train reported waiting as long as 45 minutes for help to arrive.


  • D.C. has defied Congress by sending its voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative for review, forcing federal lawmakers to act to block it. [Post]
  • The woman who died after smoke filled a Metro train Monday was a 61-year-old mother and grandmother from Alexandria. [NBC4]
  • The Post editorial board slams Metro for its latest disaster. [Post]
  • Police released video of persons of interest in the McFadden’s stabbings. [CBS9]


Smoke Signals: Has WMATA learned from fatal incidents in the past?

Musical Interlude: Listen to the complex, churning new Paperhaus single.

More Busboys: The fifth location of Busboys and Poets is now open. Expect this one to be extra literary.

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

  • Phil Mendelson sends Initiative 71 to Congress. [WAMUPost]
  • National Transportation Safety Board launches investigation into Metro crash, preliminarily blames it on “electrical arcing.” [LLPostTimes, WAMU]
  • White House says terrorism didn’t cause the Metro smoke. [Times]
  • How to get out of a Metro car. [WAMUPost]
  • Post ed board: “Another disaster for Metro.” [Post]
  • Report says D.C. area infrastructure needs $58 billion worth of work. [Post]
  • Questions for Metro after Monday’s incident. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • More big box stores move to Dakota Crossing. [WBJ]
  • Karl Racine backs Barack Obama in immigration lawsuit. [Post]

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

  • The scene inside the deadly smoke-filled Metro car. [Post]
  • Yellow Line service has been restored. [WMATA]
  • The D.C. area faces a $16 billion public transportation funding gap in the next decade. [MWCOG]
  • Watch the D.C. region age and move. [GGW]
  • Busboys and Poets is not coming to Hecht project, which Andy Shallal fears will become “homogenous.” [Y&H]
  • The third phase of the Waterfront Station project in Southwest breaks ground this week. [Curbed]
  • Revisiting predictions for D.C.’s neighborhoods in 2015. [UrbanTurf]
  • Weighing the merits of the proposed pop-up restrictions. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Trinidad rowhouse—-$659,900

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

  • The winners of Exposed DC’s photo contest (including brilliant shots of vapers, escalators, and punk-rock singers) [Exposed DC]
  • Ace Cosgrove filmed his new video, for “Burning Slums,” at D.C.’s Black Lives Matter protests and rallies.
  • Two plays at American Century Theater take on the criminal injustice system and questionable police behavior. [Arts Desk]
  • The Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts are joining up for Shift, a three-year American orchestral festival modified from Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music. [Post]
  • A Q&A with Pastor Virgil Roberts about his former Paradigm bandmate, Wicked Witch, who released prog-rock/funk records in the late ’70s and early ’80s. [DCist]
  • Studio Theatre has extended the run of Bad Jews, its highest-grossing show ever, which means at least one casting switch-up. [Post]

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

  • Mockingbird Hill scales back coffee program to weekends only. [Post]
  • Carry Out Deli closes in Logan Circle. [PoPville]
  • The Alex coming to the Graham hotel. [Eater]
  • Chipotle gives away free meals in exchange for trying tofu. [Washingtonian]
  • Bang-for-your-buck Restaurant Week menus [Zagat]
  • Brixx Pizza coming to Clarendon. [ARLnow]