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A Senate committee will hold a hearing on the implications of D.C. statehood next week—-the first such hearing in more than 20 years. While the hearing itself is a big win for proponents of statehood, D.C. becoming the nation’s 51st state anytime soon remains very unlikely.


  • In D.C. a 12-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant and forced to be home-schooled. Meanwhile, Relisha Rudd missed nearly 30 days of school before anyone reported her missing. [Post]
  • A Georgetown home sold for $500,000 above its list price in just four days. [Washington Business Journal]
  • D.C. traffic and parking citations are often issued in a confusing manner and D.C. drivers are considered guilty until proven innocent, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General. [Loose Lips]
  • The man suspected of murdering regional transportation leader Ron Kirby and two other people in Alexandria was indicted on 10 counts. [City Desk]


Etiquette Issue:  Our D.C. Etiquette Issue is on stands. WCP writers and contributors answer all the D.C. etiquette questions you never knew you had, from how to appropriately ask for weed at a party to whether you should drink that water in an Uber. So stop being so rude, dammit!

We Win? D.C. has higher housing costs and related expenses than any other major city, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Take that, New York.

Poop in the Potomac: Raw sewage and storm water pouring into the Potomac for 15 minutes this weekend forced the Nation’s Triathlon to cancel the swimming portion of the event.

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

  • Inspector general report slams District’s camera, parking ticketing. [LLNBC4, WAMU]
  • Senate sets a date for a hearing on statehood. [City Desk, WAMUPost]
  • Marion Barry-backed Muriel Bowser event draws a slim crowd, but Ward 7 townhall pulls more. [Post]
  • Councilmember David Grosso backs at-large candidate Robert White. [LLPost]
  • Attorney general hopefuls court audience at D.C. Vote forum. [LLPost]
  • The “Rent Is Too Damn High” guy tours the District on behalf of a taxi app Hailo. [City Desk, WAMU,
  • Carol SchwartzDavid Catania turn out for education forum. [DCist]
  • Letter: D.C.’s Olympic bid will expose lack of voting rights. [Post]
  • Nurses say a hospital is understaffed. [WBJ]
  • District beats rest of the country in housing costs. [Housing Complex]

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

  • This is what the Navy Yard chiller site might look like as condos. [WBJ]
  • How architecture can help tackle homelessness [Next City]
  • Georgetown house sells for $510,000 over list price in four days. [WBJ]
  • Report shines light on the chaos behind D.C.’s speed cameras. [LL]
  • Survey finds D.C. residents are willing to pay more for parking. [GGW]
  • NCPC reacts favorably to Eisenhower Memorial changes. [WBJ]
  • Alleged murderer of MWCOG transportation planner indicted. [City Desk]
  • City puts Boys and Girls Club in Hill East up for development. [WBJ]
  • For trees’ sake, bury power lines under streets, not sidewalks. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Congress Heights rowhouse—-$299,900

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

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

  • The eight sexiest new restaurants [Zagat]
  • Food events this week from Snallygaster to Taste of Georgetown [Washingtonian]
  • Chefs will roast Nora Pouillon for charity. [Eater]
  • Tel V’eh becomes Rudy’s Mediterranean Grill. [PoPville]
  • Why you should eat at restaurants at 5 p.m. [Tyler Cowen]
  • City Perch, helmed by chef Matt Baker, is coming to the Pike & Rose development. [Robert Dryer]