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Countless mysteries still persist in the unsolved case of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. Today the Washington Post examines why Khalil Tatum, the man suspected of kidnapping and killing Relisha in March, killed his wife before he shot himself. What did she know?


  • Don Graham is keeping busy after the sale of the Washington Post. [New York Times]
  • A transgender woman was robbed at gunpoint in last Saturday afternoon while walking along Martin Luther King Boulevard SE. This is the second time within the last week that police are investigating a possible hate crime against a transgender victim. [News4]
  • Marion Barry has racked up more than $2,800 in unpaid parking and speeding tickets on his Jaguar since 2012. [Post]
  • One of the plaintiffs who filed suit and successfully overturned the District’s strict gun laws says he thinks the city would be safer if at least some of the “good guys” were packing heat. [WAMU]


Stealing Cash Cab: A man wearing padded breasts and a wig posed as a female cab drivers over a four-year period and stole more than $200,000 from the drunkest people he could find in D.C.

@MarionBarry: Marion Barry takes to Twitter after his recent car accident to accuse the D.C. police of helping the media report on this accident and embarrass him.

Another New Restaurant: Penn Commons, a sister restaurant to Foggy Bottom’s District Commons, opened Monday in Chinatown.

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

  • Four months later, where’s the report on missing girl Relisha Rudd? [Post]
  • Mystery persists about suspected Rudd abductor Kahlil Tatum‘s wife. [Post]
  • Marion Barry accuses cops of directing media to his crash, then retracts accusation. [LL, WTOP]
  • Barry had more than $2,800 worth of tickets on his car. [Post]
  • Mayoral hopefuls disagree on whether David Catania‘s efforts on troubled United Medical Center have been a success. [Post]
  • Catania questions whether Muriel Bowser can criticize his UMC bills, considering how many of them she voted for. [WBJ]
  • Oklahoman has grievances about the District, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton isn’t swayed. [Roll Call]
  • Cabbie admits duping drunk passengers, while disguised as a woman. [City DeskPostTimes]
  • Victorious plaintiff wants to pack heat in the District. [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX is on vacation. (tips?awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Anwan “Big G” Glover, of go-go outfit Backyard Band and The Wire, is in recovery after being stabbed at Cafe Asia this weekend. [City Desk]
  • Veteran Washington Post book critic Carolyn See is retiring. [Post]
  • Listen to Paperhaus‘ new track, “Cairo.” [D.C. Music Download]
  • Photos from the Society of Cincinnati’s lavish mansion [BYT]
  • Lionel Richie will perform at the state dinner for all the African heads of state in town this week. [Post]
  • Eight cooler alternatives to “Fancy” for the “song of the summer” title [Post]
  • Photos from the DIY shows of the inaugural In It Together Fest [Bandwidth]

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

  • Eight best foodie road trips around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Townhouse Tavern closes in Dupont. [Barred in DC]
  • Song Que deli in Eden Center to close Sept. 15. [Post]
  • Uptowner Cafe closes in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]
  • A taste test of Chaplin‘s boozy dumplings and ramen [BYT]
  • Protein Bar closes in Ballston. [Eater]