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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.


  • Marijuana decriminalization—-not legalization—-goes into effect in D.C. today. [WAMU]
  • The residents of Kalorama don’t want anymore embassies in their residential neighborhood. [Housing Complex]
  • A Kentucky Republican successfully introduced an amendment to a House appropriations bill that would gut D.C.’s gun laws. [City Desk]
  • Washington-area officials are pushing the Obama administration to know how many children who crossed the United States-Mexico border from Central America seeking asylum are being housed here. [Washington Post]


Generous Journalists: Get caught with marijuana and slapped with a $25 fine? No worries, the editors at WCP have offered to cover your fine—-in exchange for your story.

Coalition of the Filling: How food brings D.C.’s Iraqi exiles back home again.

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)

  • Get caught with pot, get a $25 fine. Marijuana legalization is here! [WAMU]
  • Kentucky Republican aims to rip out the District’s gun laws. [City DeskPost]
  • Phinis Jones, the Muriel Bowser supporter at the center of the Park Southern housing scandal, accounts for missing money. [LLPost]
  • Insurance lawyer and budget autonomy supporter Lorie Masters enters the attorney general race. [LLPost]
  • The District spent worker’s compensation money on the general budget. [WCP]
  • Anita Bonds asks national Dems to help Bowser, concedes that rival David Catania has “a record of achievement.” [Post]
  • Tell WCP about your marijuana fine, and LL’s bosses will foot the ticket! [City Desk]
  • After losing Ward 8 ed board race, Philip Pannell says he’s finished with running for office. [Blade]
  • Embassy Row residents have had enough of their foreign neighbors. [Housing Complex]
  • Stein Club member says the LGBT group’s endorsement of Bowser could lead to a lawsuit. [Blade]
  • ACLU asks ethics board to investigate Gray administration’s handling of open records requests. [Times]
  • Sinkhole summer continues. [Post]

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

  • Marijuana possession is no longer a crime. And if you get a ticket, WCP might pay your fine. [City Desk]
  • Shipping-container homes: novel, but allowed. [WBJ]
  • As D.C. contemplates changing its Metro-sign format, here are its options. [CityLab]
  • D.C.’s workers’ compensation program: still a mess. [WCP]
  • In D.C. and elsewhere, the murder rate is a good predictor of population change. [CityLab]
  • Yup, people are still parking in bike lanes. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Georgetown 2BR condo—-$600,000

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

  • Photos of Teen Liver, Swimsuit Addition, and Peoples Drug at the Rocketship [Bandwidth]
  • Why are the concert series at Fort Dupont and Carter Barron shorter and smaller this year? [Arts Desk]
  • D.C.’s up-and-coming rappers are finding routes to mainstream success. [Pitchfork]
  • The cast of Imagination Stage’s BFG had to get pretty jacked to support the play’s 13-foot puppet. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray unveiled a plan to support D.C.’s creative economy—-which apparently includes pollsters? [Housing Complex]
  • Rock & Roll Hotel is hosting its first burlesque show. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Justin Timberlake posed for photos with teenyboppers after a round of golf at the Congressional Country Club. [Post]

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

  • The best ice cream in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • 12 new restaurants to try now [Washingtonian]
  • Vigilante Coffee to open first cafe in Hyattsville. [Eater]
  • Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac lives the sweet life while planning forButtercream Bakeshop. [WBJ]
  • Five new bars to try this weekend [Thrillist]
  • Critic Tom Sietsema gives Baltimore’s Parts & Labor two stars. [Post]
  • Chefs create cocktail-inspired charcuterie [Zagat]