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The FBI is ditching D.C. for new headquarters in either the Maryland or Virginia suburbs, according to the General Service Administration’s newly released shortlist of possible locations for the bureau’s new home.


  • A judge said D.C.’s ban on carrying a handgun in public can remain intact for 90 more days. [City Desk]
  • Councilmember Tommy Wells created a sign for D.C. business owners who want to keep guns off their properties. [Post]
  • D.C. police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one man injured Wednesday morning at Minnesota Avenue and Burns Street SE.
  • Now that the first phase of the Silver Line is open for business attention turns to phase two of the massive transportation project. [WAMU]
  • The Corcoran had a testy first start in court filled with drama and accusations of cronyism. [Arts Desk]


Ace of Basements: Back Alley Theater is one of D.C.’s oldest underground spaces. Is it DIY’s future, too? In our latest cover story, the tale of how a once-dormant venue got a second life—-and how it fits into the current state of D.C.’s DIY spaces.

Old Pals:  Two disgraced former councilmembers, Michael Brown and Harry Thomas Jr., will be serving their times at the same Alabama prison facility.

Notes From the Grave: Some thoughts on Capital Fringe’s last year at the Fort.

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

  • The FBI will definitely leave D.C. [City DeskPost, WTOPTimes, WBJ]
  • Disgraced councilmembers Michael Brown and Harry Thomas Jr. will share a prison. [LL]
  • Muriel Bowser, who said she wouldn’t debate until the mayoral ballot is set, now says she’ll wait longer. [LL]
  • Judge issues a three-month stay on gun carry ruling. [Times, WAMUPost]
  • Post ed board says it’s time for gun carry legislation. [Post]
  • Vince Gray signs ban on styrofoam containers. [Post]
  • Ward 6 councilmember Tommy Wells‘ office creates gun-free signs for businesses. [Post]
  • Zoning commission won’t make a decision yet on McMillan development. [City Desk]
  • WJLA general manager gets the boot ahead of station’s sale. [City Desk]

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

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

  • Virgin Mobile Freefest won’t be coming back to Merriweather Post Pavilion this year. [Arts Desk]
  • Watch the sexy, playful music video for ACME‘s newest tracks, “California Girls” and “Numbers Game.” [D.C. Music Download]
  • Accusations of cronyism and drama galore at the Corcoran’s first day in court… [Arts Desk]
  • …and on the second day, details of the school’s proposed move to GW [Post]
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts is offering discounted admission for the entire month of August. [Washingtonian]
  • In It Together Fest’s founders, Geoff Shobert and Mike O’ Brien, on how a strong community breeds a vibrant arts scene [BYT]
  • Warren G. Harding‘s steamy letters to his secret lover (in which he nicknames his penis “Jerry”) are now on view on the Library of Congress’ website. [DCist]
  • Photos of Phish at Merriweather Post Pavilion [The Vinyl District]

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

  • D.C.’s 15 signature dishes [Thrillist]
  • Your “craft” rye whiskey is probably from a factory distillery in Indiana. [Daily Beast]
  • What really makes a good value in restaurants? [Post]
  • People are stealing Dacha‘s beer boots and bringing them to other bars. [Eater]
  • Rogue 24 will go a la carte. [Washingtonian]
  • Izakaya Seki will celebrate its anniversary with all-you-can-eat tuna. [PoPville]
  • Former Bourbon Steak chef John Critchley lands at Barcelona Wine Bar. [Zagat]