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Various roads, mostly in downtown D.C., will be closed this week for the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, which will bring African heads of state and government leaders to town from Monday to Wednesday. The D.C. Department of Transportation warns that traffic could be even further delayed by potential protests. The U.S. Office of Personal Management says agencies should consider allowing their employees to telework this week to alleviate traffic. Read a full list of the road closures here.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Twenty-seven people have been slapped with tickets in the first two weeks since marijuana has been decriminalized in D.C. [City Desk]
- Anwan “Big G” Glover, an actor in HBO’s The Wire better known here in D.C. as the lead singer of Backyard Band, was stabbed and beaten early Sunday morning inside Cafe Asia, a nightclub located on the 1700 block of Eye Street NW. [News4]
- Two people died from a suspected overdose this weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion’s Mad Decent Block Party music festival. [Billboard]
- The finances of United Medical Center, the only hospital east of the Anacostia, have significantly improved, but the hospital’s future is still mired in politics. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Elected Official: A Dupont ANC member, who was arrested for attacking a homeless man and screaming a racial slur at him, has already picked up his petitions to run for re-election.
Back Against the Wall: The colorful Potter’s House mural may soon be painted over.
Goodbye Drinks: Hogo in Mt. Vernon Square officially closed this weekend and went out with a booze-filled tiki costume contest.
LOOSE LIPS , by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Marion Barry blames Saturday night crash on hypoglycemic attack. [Post, NBC4, Times]
- Barry’s son Christopher Barry jailed on another suspended license charge. [WAMU, Times]
- Following LL column, Post ed board calls for investigation of Barry staffer’s work on his book. [Post]
- Muriel Bowser talks up her Democratic bona fides at her birthday party. [LL, Post]
- Colby King gets so close to endorsing David Catania that he hasn’t to say he’s not officially endorsing him. [Post]
- Post ed board not down on slow test score gains. [Post]
- Prosecutors accuse hate crime designation in Metro stabbing. [Blade]
- H Street streetcar training starts today. [WAMU]
- Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner allegedly attacks homeless man. [City Desk]
- Will no one take up WCP‘s offer to pay for your pot fines? [City Desk]
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ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? email@example.com)
- The rainbow-hued candle mural on the Potter’s House in Adams Morgan is in danger of being destroyed. [Arts Desk]
- Baltimore battle-rapper DDm is working hard to keep himself from being pigeonholed as a gay rapper. [Bandwidth]
- The challenges of getting zoning approval for a theater, written out in a dramatic script [Greater Greater Washington]
- Sharknado isn’t just a horrible summer film; it’s a Nats game gimmick, too. [DCist]
- At Diplo‘s Mad Decent Block Party at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, one young man died and more than 20 concertgoers were sent to the hospital after apparent drug overdoses. [Baltimore Sun]
- D.C.’s Essex Hemphill, “arguably America’s most important black gay poet,” who passed away in 1995, was honored in a tribute at the Outwrite LGBT Book Festival on Friday. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)