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Five people were cited for pot possession in D.C. in the first week after the city’s new marijuana decriminalization law went into effect.


  • Here’s what you need to know before riding the Silver Line this weekend. [News4]
  • A Senate subcommittee passed a spending bill that would grant D.C. full budget autonomy. [WAMU]
  • Top developers have no interest in redeveloping the St. Elizabeths campus. [Housing Complex]
  • The trial of a D.C. cop accused of attempting to killing his wife in November during a domestic dispute in Prince George’s County ended in a hung jury and mistrial. [Post]


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.

Absent Representation: D.C. residents flooded Maryland Rep. Andy Harris office with their local complaints Thursday. Alas, Harris didn’t show up to meet with his “constituents.”

Fringe Festival: Make sure to check out all of our Fringe coverage on the Fringeworthy blog.

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

  • Senate bill backs budget autonomy. [WAMU]
  • Cough it up: new court ruling opens up officials’ private email accounts to open record requests. [LL]
  • District “constituents” show up to see pot-hating Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD). [City DeskPost]
  • Councilmembers’ trip to Las Vegas convention costs $14,000. [Times]
  • Top developers steer clear of St. Elizabeths. [Housing Complex]
  • Five pot possession tickets handed out in first week of decriminalization. [WAMU]
  • Post-tax lien scandal, new tax lien sales don’t appeal to as many buyers. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • After overhaul, tax lien sale brings in much less revenue. [WBJ]
  • Administration pushes developer to include nonresidential uses at Reeves Center replacement. [Post]
  • Now that Donald Trump‘s here, D.C. has finally arrived. [MarketWatch]
  • Logan Circle Station, and other Metro routes that never materialized. [GGW]
  • “Tiny houses” leader critiques Office of Planning’s alley-camping proposal. [Boneyard Studios]
  • Photo: Eckington in a very different era. [Ghosts of DC]
  • D.C.’s tallest tower is not what you think. [GGW]
  • HPRB approves Museum of the Bible and Park View church conversion. [UrbanTurf]
  • This is what’s replacing the Deep Throat parking garage. [Curbed]
  • One-fifth of D.C. homeowners are “equity rich,” the opposite of underwater. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Spring Valley colonial—$950,000

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

  • One of D.C.’s oldest underground arts spaces is back up and running. Is it the future of the DIY scene? [WCP]
  • Who did it better? Two music videos for the new Silver Line: one for, one against [Express] [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. architect Larysa Kurylas constructs a wall of bronzed wheat in memory of Ukraine famine victims. [Post]
  • Arlington’s American Century Theater is closing, despite solid cash flow. [Arts Desk]
  • Kevin Spacey put on his Frank Underwood accent for a photo with two local fans for their engagement. [Post]
  • Local comedian Ed Blaze is trying to open what would be D.C.’s second comedy club. [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to Young Summer‘s dreamy new electro-pop track, “Siren.”  [All Things Go]

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

  • This is what every trendy restaurant menu looks like. [Eater]
  • Five amazing burger and shake combos around D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Dave & Busters has 30 days to leave White Flint Mall. [WBJ]
  • Hogo hosting parties before its Aug. 3 closure. [Post]
  • Eat crabs and drink whiskey this weekend. [Zagat]
  • Here’s another supper club: Bespoke Kitchen [Express]
  • Lebanese Taverna celebrates 35 years in Arlington. [ARLnow]
  • Taste test of Lupo Verde‘s brunch [BYT]