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Metro tested the Silver Line for a full day Sunday and during morning rush hour Monday and says it encountered no glitches. A transit authority spokesman says it’s “all systems go” for passenger service Saturday, bringing to a close a five-year construction period that resulted in 11.4 miles of tracks connecting Wiehle Avenue in Reston to existing Metro tracks in East Falls Church.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- DNA evidence exonerated a D.C. man Monday after he served 26 years in prison for the 1982 killing of a local woman. [Post]
- A judge challenged the remaining lawsuits challenging the closures of some D.C. schools. [Post]
- A Metro bus driver was allegedly slashed in the face on his bus in Tenleytown over a fare dispute. [News4]
- President Barack Obama says he’s in favor of D.C. statehood. [City Desk]
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LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? email@example.com)
- Barack Obama says he’s in favor of D.C. statehood, but what will he be doing about it? [City Desk, Washingtonian, WAMU, Post]
- David Catania is the only councilmember who doesn’t sign on to pro-union letter, says he wanted more information on it. [Post]
- Judge tosses lawsuit closed District schools. [Post]
- Vince Gray has a new open records website. Give it a spin. [LL]
- What it’s like being the District’s best friend in Congress. [City Desk]
- Bad news for embassy haters in Kalorama. [Housing Complex]
- Metro driver slashed with a knife in Tenleytown. [DCist]
- Is it Meridian Hill Park or Malcolm X Park? You decide. [Popville]
- Shipping container apartments go up near Catholic University. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shepherd Park residents are sick and tired of Marylanders parking Cars2Go on their streets. [GGW]
- How D.C.’s biking laws came about, feat. the Carl Bernstein proviso. [Post]
- D.C.-area home prices won’t return to their peak until 2021. [WBJ]
- Donald Rumsfeld‘s Kalorama house has a buyer. [UrbanTurf]
- For city officials, St. Elizabeths gateway pavilion is a lesson in patience. [DCist]
- NoMa gets a public bike-repair stand. [NoMa BID]
- Cost of living is really all about housing. [CityLab]
- Protests in D.C. are down due to do-nothing Congress. [Post]
- Today on the market: West End 1BR condo—$475,000
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? email@example.com)
- Life lessons learned from Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme, who played Merriweather Post Pavilion last week [BYT]
- Listen to PLOY‘s undeniably dancey “On/Off.” [D.C. Music Download]
- Activists from Save the Corcoran will be allowed to advocate in court against the dissolution of the gallery and college. [Post]
- Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new mural. [East City Art]
- Tim Cohen of the Fresh & Onlys, who play DC9 on Thursday, on writing songs in the silent desert of Sedona [BYT]
- At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, many Kenyan and Chinese women played instruments traditionally used by men. [Smithsonian]
- Lionel Richie chilled at Cafe Milano for his 65th birthday. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Top five spots for barbecue and booze in the District [Drink DC]
- Nine secret menu items in D.C. revealed [Zagat]
- Bardo Brewpub will begin brewing this week. [Eater]
- Arlington County is tightening the regulations for pub crawls. [ARLnow]
- Three Little Pigs launches Kickstarter for new event and class space. [PoPville]
- Help O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub decide which teams to officially support. [Post]
- Check out these food events this week. [Washingtonian]
- What sumo wrestlers eat [VICE]