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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
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? email@example.com)
- Phil Mendelson sends Initiative 71 to Congress. [WAMU, Post]
- National Transportation Safety Board launches investigation into Metro crash, preliminarily blames it on “electrical arcing.” [LL, Post, Times, WAMU]
- White House says terrorism didn’t cause the Metro smoke. [Times]
- How to get out of a Metro car. [WAMU, Post]
- 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 Complex, Post]
- 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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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]