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The White House is one of the most secure buildings on the planet (well, unless your last name is Salahi). Getting in usually involves advance permission, a long wait outside a Secret Service checkpoint, a specific appointment as your destination, and emptying out your pockets to go through a metal detector. Like most rules, though, the security protocols at the executive mansion were made for toddlers to test. One small visitor squeezed through the fence on the building’s north side yesterday and got onto the lawn, briefly causing an alert before being returned to his parents, who may have been grateful for the short period of heavily armed, U.S. taxpayer-funded babysitting.


  • The management company of an affordable housing complex that’s been in the news for its financial troubles—and the support its owner Phinis Jones has given to Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser—sued the District yesterday, claiming that if anyone owes anyone money over the Park Southern, it’s the city owing the management firm. [LL, Post]
  • D.C. hasn’t even voted to legalize pot yet, and Congress is already planning to bogart everyones’ joints. [WAMU]
  • The Jay Gruden era is off to a winning, if meaningless start, as Washington beat New England 23-6 in both teams’ NFL preseason debuts last night. [Post, team’s official media partner, team’s other official media partner]
  • Meanwhile, the University of Minnesota wants the Washington team to wear logo-less throwback jerseys when it plays the Minnesota Vikings at the university’s stadium on Nov. 2. [Post]


No Prison Art, Please, We’re Georgetown: Is the neighborhood harassing an organization that sells work by incarcerated artists?

Ladies Love Cool ChrisA veteran of the Bachelor and Bachelorette reality-TV franchise plans to expand his “female friendly sports lounge” Bracket Room concept from Clarendon to both Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport next year.

D.C. Hardcore Meets the NYT Mag: This week’s cover implies that Rand Paul could be the new Ian MacKaye.

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

  • Muriel Bowser supporter Phinis Jones says the city owes him money. [LL, Post]
  • Health care aides rally for their payment. [WBJ]
  • David Catania pays back money from homeless-hating ANC member. [LL]
  • Single mothers help Central American immigrants. [WAMU]
  • Deborah Simmons eyes the attorney general race. [Times]
  • Post ed board cheers FOIA site. [Post]
  • Bachelorette-themed bar makes the jump to airports. [Young & Hungry]
  • Police investigate body. [Post]

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

  • Vince Gray is more than halfway to his goal of building or preserving 10,000 affordable housing units—-with caveats. [Post]
  • Georgetown condo owners allegedly push to prevent prison art from being sold nearby. [Arts Desk]
  • Brutalist or not, Metropolitan Square’s unsightly exterior’s on its way out. [WBJ]
  • A successful model for helping the homeless conquer drug addiction. [Post]
  • Rich people tend to bike for fun; poor people tend to bike for transportation. [Streetsblog]
  • A closer look at the micro-units coming to a former Georgetown hotel. [WBJ]
  • How race shapes gentrification. [CityLab]

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

  • Minor Threat flyer or New York Times Magazine cover? [Arts Desk]
  • A guide to differentiating Shark Week (the band) from Shark Week (the TV event) [Express]
  • The destruction of the Potter’s House mural has unearthed a deeper rift in Adams Morgan around class, age, and culture. [Arts Desk]
  • Justin Hoben of the Deadmen on the band’s forthcoming LP, which will “play more like a mixtape” [D.C. Music Download]
  • Georgetown residents have allegedly been calling the cops on a law-abiding prison-art vendor near their waterfront condo complex. [Arts Desk]
  • A tribute to Washington Post book critic Carolyn See, who retired last week [Post]
  • Where should you go on September 13: All Things Go’s music festival, or the Snallygaster beer festival? [Express]

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

  • Pizza app pisses off everyone in D.C. by calling it “not a valid state.” [DCist]
  • Summer Restaurant Week guide and pro tips [BYT]
  • Six tips for hacking Restaurant Week [Washingtonian]
  • $20 Diner called DCity Smokehouse some of the “finest barbecue” in town. [Post]
  • Three places serving housemade gluten-free pastas [Zagat]
  • Shake Shack opens Monday in Tysons Corner. [Eater]
  • Zentan offers two black cocktails with “activated charcoal.” [Express]