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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.


  • 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]


Compensatory Damages: The District spent workers’ compensation money on its general budget. So why is D.C.’s workers’ compensation still such a mess? Our latest cover story investigates.

Best Friends: Meet Rep. Jose Serrano of New York, D.C.’s staunchest defender in Congress.

Look at This: The Gray administration launches a new FOIA portal, which is exciting for some and a snooze for others.

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

  • Barack Obama says he’s in favor of D.C. statehood, but what will he be doing about it? [City DeskWashingtonianWAMUPost]
  • 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 (tips?awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.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? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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]