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The deputy mayor for education released the new school boundaries Thursday, ending a nearly yearlong process of city proposals on the overhaul. The new rules will give each student one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school that she or he can attend as a matter of right. For the majority of students, this will mean no change in their school assignments. Still, get ready for a charged public reaction, D.C.


  • The interim fire chief is unhappy with the light punishments handed to the three firefighters who did not come to the aid of Medric Mills, an elderly man who collapsed outside their fire station and later died. He says he will only accept the punishments “begrudgingly.” [Loose Lips]
  • Chuck Brown Memorial Park, in Langdon Park, will be unveiled Friday, which also happens to be Chuck Brown‘s 78th birthday. [News4]
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell takes the stand in his corruption case to talk about his unraveling marriage in the governor’s mansion. [Post]
  • Is Stadium Club a “sexually-oriented business establishment?” It might be after all, according to a new court ruling. [City Desk]


Education Issue: Check out this week’s 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.

Free Art: The Corcoran will be free starting Friday.

Tearful Goodbye: How sad is Mayor Vince Gray about the FBI leaving the District? ““I couldn’t care less,” he said. “In fact, I’m waiting for them to get the heck out of Pennsylvania Avenue.”

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

  • Vince Gray adopts school boundary plan. [Housing Complex, WAMU, Post]
  • Who comes out on top in school boundary changes [Housing Complex]
  • Fire chief says firefighters connected to Medric Mills‘ death got off too easy. [LLTimes, WAMUPost]
  • Gray says adios to the FBI. [Housing Complex]
  • The saga of the Statehood Green party stickers comes to an end…or does it? [LL]
  • Cab commission mulls launching an east-of-the-river van service. [City Desk]
  • Biking in D.C., 1982-style. [Housing Complex]
  • Child-sized sinkhole fixed, thanks to children. [Post]
  • D.C. Health Link makes its case. [WBJ]

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

  • Starting today, admission to the Corcoran is free. [Arts Desk]
  • Here’s how much Forest City has paid for The Yards so far. [WBJ]
  • A novel site for D.C.: modular homes on Richardson Place NW. [UrbanTurf]
  • How we can put bike lanes in traffic circles. [GGW]
  • D.C. Taxicab Commission may launch east-of-the-river van service. [City Desk]
  • Lowe’s is officially coming to Fort Lincoln. [WBJ]
  • Today marks the opening of Chuck Brown Memorial Park. [AP]
  • What we can learn about urbanism from Medellín. [Planetizen]
  • Today on the market: New townhouse near Capitol Heights Metro—-$275,000

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

  • The trailer for the Foo Fighters‘ HBO miniseries is out, and there’s a lot of love for D.C. punk and go-go. [Arts Desk]
  • How the Chuck Brown Band brought the spirit of Chuck Brown back into their latest release, the last album of new music from Brown [Post]
  • Get to the Corcoran while you can: It’s free until the gallery closes on Oct. 1. [Arts Desk]
  • The best under-the-radar acts at tomorrow’s Trillectro music festival [Express]
  • Soundcloud’s getting ads, and Virginia rapper GoldLink‘s tracks will be among the first to run them. [New York Times]
  • The stories behind the names of local bands like Teen Mom and Olivia Neutron-John [D.C. Music Download]
  • A woodcut called “ApocalyptiCAT,” equally inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and the artist’s feline, will soon be on view at the Goethe-Institut. [Post]

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

  • Tenants of Eden Center in Falls Church sue landlord for poor conditions. [Post]
  • Inside the PornBurger guy’s exclusive supper club [Thrillist]
  • Toki Underground will serve street-food breakfast at Union Market. [PoPville]
  • Mintwood Place team’s new Shaw restaurant will be called Convivial. [Washingtonian]
  • Take a look at the menu for Pop’s SeaBar, coming to Adams Morgan. [Eater]
  • Bar and restaurant openings to look forward to this fall [BYT]