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Bethesda and Chevy Chase residents are suing the U.S. Transportation Department, arguing that a planned Purple Line light rail route through some Washington suburbs would harm two rare, shrimp-like creatures. They want the line rerouted in order to protect the Rock Creek watershed in Montgomery County.


  • Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser also opposes Mayor Vince Gray‘s school assignments plan, saying it actually worsens education inequality. [Housing Complex]
  • Cab drivers are pissed that UberX dropped its fare prices again. [WAMU]
  • Councilmember Mary Cheh says she doesn’t think it would be legal for the D.C. Council to take action and postpone the issuance of permits for the CSX Virginia Tunnel project in Navy Yard. [Post]
  • D.C. is leasing four more surplus school buildings to public charter schools. [Post]


World’s Greatest Invention?  Pop’s SeaBar, a new restaurant slated to open early September in Adams Morgan, will serve Ice Cream Sandwich Luges—-ice cream sandwiches that also conveniently serve as vehicles for downing shots.

Get Out The Way: Thanks to Massachusetts’ drivers, D.C. motorists are only the third worst in the country this year.

Diamond District: The D.C. hip-hop group is back. Listen to Diamond District’s first single from its new album, March on Washingtonhere.

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

  • Muriel Bowser opposes Vince Gray‘s school boundary changes. [Housing ComplexPost, WAMU]
  • Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander endorses Robert White in the at-large race. [LL]
  • While White wants a ban on all contributions from corporations and individuals. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh isn’t sure the D.C. Council can intervene in the CSX tunnel project. [Post]
  • Police union unhappy about detectives being put on the street. [NBC4]
  • 25 schools get longer school days. [WAMU]
  • Cabbies gripe about lowered fares for one Uber service. [WAMU]
  • The District will offer more buildings to lease to charter schools. [Post]

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

  • It makes no sense to demand better schools before reassigning students. [GGW]
  • Maryland report finds more FBI workers live in Maryland than Virginia. [Post]
  • Cheap DIY fixes to bring new life to a street. [Elevation]
  • Congrats, D.C. drivers! You’re only the third-worst in America. [City Desk]
  • Unauthorized Buchanan Street NW raze damages adjacent houses; DCRA reportedly asks neighbors to pay. [PoPville]
  • GW cracks down on off-campus student noise and trash. [Hatchet]
  • Amusing conspiracy theories about D.C. urban planning. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Georgetown 1BR—-$430,000

ARTS LINKS is on vacation. (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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