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Police officers are on the search for three or four men after the attempted car jacking and shooting of an off-duty D.C. police officer at around 3 a.m. this morning at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Southern avenues SE. A group of men in a vehicle rammed into the officer while he was driving in an attempt to steal his car. The officer then chased the suspects’ vehicle and then shots were fired at the officer. The police officer is said to be in stable condition after surgery. Officials have one suspect in custody.


  • Despite tensions, neighbors ultimately agreed that they wanted a substantial portion of a new development at the crossroads of Petworth and Columbia Heights to be devoted to affordable housing. [Housing Complex]
  • Nearly three dozen citations have been issued for marijuana possession so far, but none of these people have paid their $25 fines yet. [News4]
  • The effect of the full minimum wage hike may be smaller than some residents anticipate, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. [Housing Complex]
  • Behind the campaign of Faith Dane, a 90-year-old who is running for D.C. mayor for the ninth time as a DC Statehood Green Party candidate. [Post]
  • Washington National Jaysen Werth was charged with reckless driving in Northern Virginia after he was caught going 50 mph above the speed limit. [News4]


Peak Beer Garden: Dacha beer garden in Shaw is expanding to include a three-story beer hall next door. It will have 150 lockers for regulars to store their beer steins.

Schooled? A professor says her class was unexpectedly canceled at the Corcoran this fall because she has become a public face in the fight to thwart the dissolution of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design.

Handover the Keys: Capital Bikeshare finally got a new shipment of member keys, which means it can finally start accepting new members—-something that it hasn’t been able to do since June 14.

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

  • Muriel Bowser leads mayoral fundraiser with more than $1 million in cash reserves. [LLPost, WAMU]
  • Attorney general candidates self-fund as much as $225,000 for their own campaigns. [LL]
  • Tattoo artists complain that new rules would make them use needles that don’t even exist. [Post]
  • What the District’s minimum wage hike means for workers [Housing Complex, WAMU, Housing ComplexPost]
  • WUSA9 reporters fall victim to crime, expensive tastes. [City Desk]
  • Dangerous train loads present a conundrum for the District. [WAMU]
  • Libertarians fight for tiny, tiny houses. [Housing Complex]
  • Regulators have new crowdfunding rules for city businesses. [WBJ]
  • Post ed board goes negative on tax holidays. [Post]
  • Even the District’s strip clubs have small plates. [City Desk]
  • Douglas Development goes for it on H St. [WBJ]

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

  • Good news, new Capital Bikeshare members: The program finally has keys for you. [City Desk]
  • How McMillan will change the face of North Capitol Street. [UrbanTurf]
  • Why Ward 7 needs a downtown [Elevation]
  • Multi-unit conversions put on hold as zoning officials weigh changes to code. [SALM]
  • Six-story residential building planned for Georgia and Princeton NW. [UrbanTurf]
  • Department of Education finds itself in need of D.C. office space. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Trinidad 2BR condo—-$259,000

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

  • The members of Save the Corcoran made a bid to keep the Corcoran’s museum and college intact… [Post]
  • …and the group’s leader, Jayme McLellan, claims the Corcoran terminated her fall teaching contract because of her activism. [Arts Desk]
  • Spotted in Baltimore, two members of Pussy Riot will appear on the next season of House of Cards. [DCist]
  • Two Inch Astronaut‘s Sam Rosenberg on the growth of D.C.’s DIY music scene [BYT]
  • Starting Friday, West End Cinema will honor Robin Williams with screenings of some of his best-loved films. [Post]
  • Help the Smithsonian digitize its collection by transcribing documents online. [DCist]
  • Jacob Hemphill, of D.C.-born reggae act SOJA, on hitting No. 1 on the Billboard chart and making space for conscious music in the reggae scene [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • The eight hottest bars and restaurants in Shaw. [Zagat]
  • Where to eat mako shark this week. [NoVa Mag]
  • Don’t eat shark during Shark Week. [Washingtonian]
  • Carmine’s has served a quarter of a million meatballs in four years. [Eater]
  • 30 things D.C. loves, including getting it on in bar bathrooms [Thrillist]
  • New strip club will serve small plates. [City Desk]
  • Classic vs. classed up chocolate cake at Society Fair and Bourbon Steak [Express]