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Goodbye, summer. Students in D.C., Montgomery, and Anne Arundel counties go back to school today. In Montgomery County that means free county-provided laptops for some students and in D.C. that means free public transportation for students going to and from school.


  • D.C.-area schools are bracing for an influx of unaccompanied minors. [WAMU]
  • Police are investigating three possibly related sexual assaults in Mount Pleasant. [City Desk]
  • D.C. defense attorneys are asking courts to stop the practice of shackling incarcerated youths during court proceedings. [Post]
  • Under the newly unveiled (and expanded) D.C. visitor parking pass program, residents will now have to register online or via phone to receive their passes. [Housing Complex]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY: Education Issue: Check out the  Education Issue to find out about social activism at Howard University in the wake of Ferguson, the intense NIMBYs fighting the construction of AU’s new dorms, and what’s behind D.C’s most troubled law school.

RIP: The snowy owl that gained celebrity status in D.C. sadly died after apparently being hit by a vehicle in Minnesota. The owl had sustained head trauma after being hit by a bus in D.C. months earlier.

Crash and Rollin’: A woman is suing after falling off her unruly Segway during a D.C. tour.

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

  • Overturning Vince Gray‘s school boundary changes would be difficult for a new mayor. [Housing Complex]
  • Gray staffer Janene Jackson will leave right as Gray needs her on the soccer stadium. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser hits the road for fundraisers and mayoral hobnobbing. [Post]
  • Metro fined over use of federal grants. [Times]
  • New regulations require pedestrian paths around construction sites. [Post, WAMU]
  • Chuck Brown‘s memorial park opens. [WAMU]
  • Post District politics newsletter is no more; Mike DeBonis gets a well-earned break. [Post]
  • Post ed board wants Metro to let the buskers busk. [Post]
  • DDOT announces visitor parking pass rules. [Housing Complex]

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

  • We’ve had it backwards: D.C. and San Francisco are actually the country’s most affordable cities. [Post]
  • The average D.C. house flip turns a $136,135 profit. [UrbanTurf]
  • Three former deputy mayors could be called to witness stand in Deanwood contract dispute. [WBJ]
  • Woman sues after falling from Segway. [City Desk]
  • A schism divides the tiny-house community. [UrbanTurf]
  • A view of Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1920s. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: 1BR loft by American University—-$439,500

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Watch last week’s dedication of Chuck Brown Park. [Washington Business Journal]
  • A koala streetlight sculpture in Capitol Hill has gone missing. [Express]
  • The theater world, D.C. included, is having a King Lear moment. [Post]
  • Jawbox/Office of Future Plans honcho J. Robbins, studio whiz [Bandwidth]
  • A very wet Trillectro, reviewed [Post]

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

  • Charlie Chaplin-themed restaurant threatened with lawsuit from late actor’s estate. [Post]
  • Five Guys closes in Dupont. [Post]
  • Six restaurants with Sunday suppers [Zagat]
  • Justin Bittner is heading back to Bar Pilar, now under chef Jesse Miller. [Don Rockwell]
  • Booze delivery app Drizly launches. [Eater]
  • Are food boats the next food trucks? Probably not. [NPR]