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The District’s ban on carrying handguns in public places is unconstitutional, according to a federal judge’s ruling this weekend. The D.C. government will appeal the ruling, but in the meantime, D.C. police have been ordered to not arrest any D.C. resident who is carrying a registered handgun in a public place. Non-D.C. residents can carry a handgun in public in D.C. provided they are following the laws of their home state.


  • The Silver Line officially opened for business Saturday, and Metro’s biggest fans were out to celebrate the inaugural ride. [City Desk]
  • And so far, it looks like the Silver Line’s first rush hour is going smoothly. [News4]
  • The federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife starts today. [Post]
  • D.C. mayoral candidate David Catania says he opposes the plan to trade the city’s Reeves Center on 14th and U streets NW for the land needed to build a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point. [WAMU]


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.

Travel Section: A 36-minute travel guide to the area immediately surrounding the new Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.

Steakhouse Saturation: Yet another steakhouse is coming to K Street NW. This time it’s Claudia’s Steakhouse at 1501 K Street NW.

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

  • Judge orders District to allow handgun possession outside the home. [AP, Times]
  • David Catania wants a D.C. Council committee hearing on Park Southern scandal connected to mayoral rival Muriel Bowser. [LLPost]
  • Catania says he doesn’t want D.C. to swap the Reeves Center for soccer stadium land. [WAMUPost]
  • Missing ANC recording will cost the District nearly $60,000. [LL]
  • Colby King on Muriel Bowser‘s mayoral race to lose. [Post]
  • Carol Schwartz gives running for mayor another shot. [Post]
  • Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting woman. [NBC4]
  • New Hampshire says District residents can buy booze there after all. [NBC 4]
  • Watch Metro grow. [Housing Complex]
  • Maybe LivingSocial isn’t dead after all. [WBJ]
  • Armed robbery, stabbings on Saturday night. [Post]
  • What’s next for transportation projects now that the Silver Line is built. [Post]

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

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

  • Photos of GoldLink and Flume (and the latter’s trippy lightshow) at the 9:30 Club [Bandwidth]
  • Mia Feuer‘s proposed gas station installation in the Anacostia River has been scrapped altogether. [Arts Desk]
  • Art lovers are flocking to the Corcoran to enjoy what may be its last days. [Post]
  • The DC Public Library is collecting donations for a local punk archive. [DCist]
  • Fort Reno’s asking for donations, after all. [Arts Desk]
  • Mauritanian desert-blues musician Noura Mint Seymali, who plays Artisphere this Friday, on her first international album [Post]
  • Photos of Scandinavian electro-pop act Lemaitre at DC9 [BYT]
  • Ellen Cornett won the Brentwood Arts Exchange’s Next Top Master Artist competition.[East City Art]

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

  • Food trends compared over time and across the country [Eater]
  • A review of The Partisan‘s restrooms [DCist]
  • What to do and where to eat off of the new Silver line [Post]
  • After Peacock Room will reopen Aug. 10. [PoPville]
  • Tom Sietsema has a parody Twitter account. [WBJ]
  • Jam: so hot right now [Express]
  • What to eat at Creme‘s brunch [Zagat]
  • What products do chefs buy generic? [NPR]