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Dewey Beach might be ready to ditch its misfit reputation. But what happens when a party town tries to grow up? Our latest cover story explores.


  • Police Chief Cathy Lanier said a judge’s decision to overturn D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns in public will not have an effect on street violence, but rather on the security of dignitaries and high-profile events. [Post]
  • In a deleted memoir chapter that WCP obtained, Marion Barry describes his infamous Denver incident as a “fallout over intimacy.” [Loose Lips]
  • Why was Marion Barry‘s council staff working on his memoir on government time? [Loose Lips]
  • The District’s unemployment rate jumped from 6.7 percent in May to 7.6 percent in June. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Who’s really behind the Washington football team’s new “fact” campaign? [Slate]


They’re On a Boat: D.C.’s latest mobile food vendors are going nautical.

Too Fringe? Was a piece about Freemasons too out-there for the out-there Capital Fringe Festival?

Shameless Beauty: Capitol Hill’s 50 most beautiful people celebrate their beauty.

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

  • Marion Barry used D.C. Council staff to work on his autobiography. [LL]
  • Deleted chapter from Barry’s book covers girlfriend contract scandal. [LL]
  • Police chief Cathy Lanier says ruling allowing gun possession in public could threaten District dignitaries. [Post]
  • NAACP sues Metro over allegedly discriminatory background check rules. [City Desk, WAMUPost]
  • One-time tax cheat Pete Ross accused of owing IRS money again his shadow senate campaign. [LL]
  • Charter schools sue for more funding. [WAMUPost]
  • Muriel Bowser on WPFW today at 1 p.m. [Twitter]
  • Prosecutors won’t pursue charges against cop in assault case. [Post]
  • Building in Northeast collapses. [Post]
  • Firefighters put out short-lived fire at the zoo. [Post]

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

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

  • The best museums in D.C. off the National Mall [DCist]
  • Philanthropist and ex-Ford’s Theatre chairman Wayne Reynolds took to the witness stand to decry the Corcoran’s fundraising efforts on the institution’s third day in court seeking permission to dissolve. [Post]
  • Photos from after-hours at the Freer and Sackler Gallery [BYT]
  • Read a secret, deleted chapter from Marion Barry‘s autobiography [Loose Lips]
  • Watch D.C.-based cellist Janel Leppin and indie-folk guitarist Marissa Nadler play a haunting, reverb-drenched tune. [Bandwidth]
  • Summer reading picks from D.C. VIPS [Washingtonian]
  • How Congressional staffers persuade their members to interview with Stephen Colbert [Post]
  • Listen to Kali Uchis‘ smooth new track on a Kitty Cash mixtape. [Bandwidth]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman  (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Chef RJ Cooper opens Gypsy Soul in Mosaic District. [Washingtonian]
  • Former Barmini bartender Devin Gong to open Copycat Co. cocktail bar on H Street NE. [WBJ]
  • Tom Sietsema gives Barcelona Wine Bar 1.5 stars. [Post]
  • Granite City Food & Brewery is coming to National Harbor. [Eater]
  • Capital Bikeshare members get a free bowl from ShopHouse every Sunday in August. [PoPville]
  • Five Restaurant Week tables to book right now [Zagat]
  • How to make marijuana-infused craft cocktails [VICE]