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Grab your popcorn: Closing arguments are set to begin today in the always-entertaining corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wifeand they’re expected to be long.


  • In the past two weeks, there have been three reported incidents of flashing on Metro. [News4]
  • Dupont’s Pittsburg-themed Mighty Pint bar, which closed at the end of July, will reopen as a farm-to-table restaurant with craft cocktails called Second State. [Post]
  • Former Ward 1 Candidate Jeff Smith was sentenced to 60 days in prison for charges that he took off-the-books campaign money from Jeff Thompson. [Loose Lips]
  • Nearly 150 people were arrested Thursday in front of the White House during an immigration protest, including a Maryland state rep. [WAMU]


The Dives of Others: D.C. is seeing a resurgence of no-frills, relatively cheap bars in D.C. Does this make them dive bars? Our latest cover story explores the state of dive bars in D.C.—-and whether it’s possible for bar owners to simply concoct a new one.

Inception:  A local journalist vs. journalist FOIA death match for the ages.

 Summer Vacation: Mayor Vince Gray is traveling to China again next week

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

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

  • D.C. wasn’t really built on a swamp. [Post]
  • Why a big federal building is missing a corner. [GGW]
  • Schools plan is needed, and mayoral candidates aren’t being helpful. [Post]
  • Reactions to the prospect of a new football stadium. [WBJ]
  • Better alternatives to a new stadium at the RFK site. [Tim Krepp]
  • The Canadians turn bike lane-blocking on its head. [GGW]
  • For ANCs, a little neighborhood outreach goes a long way. [SALM]
  • Data wonks: Get your latest raw Metro ridership numbers. [PlanItMetro]
  • Today on the market: Logan Circle 3BR condo—$1,849,900

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

  • The State Department denied the visas of Syrian refugee actresses who were scheduled to stage a play at Georgetown. [Post]
  • In preparation for tomorrow’s National Book Festival, graphic-novel recommendations from Kramerbooks [BYT]
  • Illustrator Bob Staake riffs on his Washington Post Style Invitational cartoons and his iconic New Yorker cover. [Arts Desk]
  • A video of a day in the life at U-Va.’s Rare Book School, possibly the nerdiest summer camp ever. [Post]
  • Photos of Windhand, Citadel, and Disciples of Christ at the Black Cat [Bandwidth]
  • Synetic Theater is getting into the workout video business. [YouTube] [YouTube]
  • Notes from judging the Air Sex World Championship at the Rock & Roll Hotel [BYT]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS is on vacation.  (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)