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One year ago today, 12 people were killed and eight people injured in the Navy Yard mass shooting, and the losses still echo. Today, hundreds of people will gather inside Building 197 in Navy Yard to mark the anniversary and remember those who lost their lives.


  • Several lawyers close to the Jeff Thompson investigation say U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is building a conspiracy case against Mayor Vince Gray. [Post]
  • After a number of car crashes along Arkansas Avenue NW in 16th Street Heights, residents says they want DDOT to take action. [WAMU]
  • D.C. officials made their case for statehood Monday afternoon in the first Senate hearing on the matter in more than 20 years. [City Desk]
  • One reason why D.C. doesn’t deserve statehood? Its traffic ticketing process is a mess, according to Post columnist Dana Milbank. [Post]


Fall Arts Guide: Our Fall Arts Guide is on stands and online. Pick it up to plan all your music, book, performance, theater, comedy, film, and museum happenings for the upcoming season. You’re welcome.

Longform Politics: Mayoral candidate David Catania released a book-sized, 126-page campaign platform Monday.

Breaking Bad University: The Georgetown University student who cooked ricin in his dorm room pleaded guilty Monday.

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

  • Senate hearing considers District statehood. [City DeskTimes, WAMU, WAMUPostPost]
  • David Catania releases book-length policy platform. [LL]
  • Sources: Feds build a conspiracy case against Vince Gray. [Post]
  • Health regulators publish new health exchange rates. [WBJ]
  • Another crash on 16th Street Heights street neighbors say is dangerous. [WAMU]
  • Return search of Kenilworth aquatic gardens reveals no new tips about missing girl Relisha Rudd. [Post]
  • Shopping center owner fights gay bar’s relocation. [Blade]
  • Walter White-esque Georgetown student pleads guilty in ricin case. [City Desk]
  • Post ed board wants more mayoral debates to be televised. [Post]
  • Pot legalization campaign gears up with new slogans. [Post]
  • Hearings set for Metro bus changes. [Post]

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

  • David Brooks sells his Cleveland Park home for $4.5 million. [UrbanTurf]
  • There’s a lot for smart growthers to like in David Catania‘s platform. [GGW]
  • Why the “bikelash” is good for cyclists. [CityLab]
  • Oh good, we’re back to credulously quoting AAA about the “war on motorists.” [Post]
  • A long-vacant Columbia Heights lot is finally getting filled. [UrbanTurf]
  • Department of Homeland Security seeking office space in the D.C. area. [WBJ]
  • What to do with an abandoned stretch of Virginia Avenue SE? [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Three-unit Mount Pleasant building—$1,400,000

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

  • Local gospel singer Kevin LeVar brings arena rock and Disney-esque tenderness to the genre. [Times]
  • The winners of the DC Shorts film festival [Arts Desk]
  • Ah, summer. Watch the members of Loud Boyz romp around Ocean City in their new video for “Hard Feelings.” [Noisey]
  • Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, will loan their private art collection to the National Museum of African Art. [DCist]
  • Photos of James Kern‘s repurposed newspaper cases, mattress springs, and gas canisters at Hierarchy [BYT]
  • Graffiti artists Eric Ricks, Aniekan Udofia, and Ernesto Zelaya teach area kids to use spray paint and draw murals. [Voice of America]

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

  • 10 must-try dishes to call yourself a Washingtonian [Zagat]
  • The hot spots to eat brunch [Eater]
  • Four Seasons food truck will make D.C. stop on East Coast tour. [Washingtonian]
  • Snallygaster featured beers with strange ingredients, including weasel poop? [Post]
  • A $1.9 million investment in &pizza will help fund four new locations. [WBJ]
  • A bill to protect Yelp rants comes to Congress this week. [InTheCapital]