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D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization law goes into effect tomorrow, making the fine for carrying pot less than the fine for littering. The police union, however, worries that the law is vague and will be confusing to cops on the street.


  • The winner of last night’s $300,000 special election for the Ward 8 State Board of Education seat? Teacher Tierra Jolly. [Loose Lips]
  • Some Metro riders started a “Save the Blue Line” petition because fewer trains on that line will run once the Silver Line opens. [News4]
  • Residents discuss what it feels like to live in the D.C. General homeless shelter. [Post]
  • Mayoral candidate and Councilmember Muriel Bowser asked the city’s inspector general to open an investigation into the financial collapse of the Park Southern housing complex. Her mayoral opponent, Councilmember David Catania, had criticized Bowser, saying she had not yet intervened because she was trying to protect a political supporter who is the president of the nonprofit corporation that owns the complex. [Post]


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

Don’t Mess: Another Congressman attempted to introduce legislation on the House floor that would gut D.C.’s gun laws. Luckily, he was unsuccessful.

Hallelujah: New Hampshire says its will accept a D.C. license as proof of legal age when purchasing alcohol.

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

  • Muriel Bowser asks the inspector general to investigate the Park Southern housing scandal. [Post]
  • Tierra Jolly beats out Marion Barry-endorsed Philip Pannell for the Ward 8 State Board of Education race. [LLPost]
  • Police union says the Metropolitan Police Department’s pot decriminalization implementation is confusing. [Post]
  • Farewell to Pedro RibeiroVince Gray‘s outspoken spokesman. [LLPost]
  • Washington Times columnist Deborah Simmons has had just about enough of this pre-kindergarten. [Times]
  • If it opens in November, the H Street streetcar will have been delayed for nearly a year. [WAMU]
  • Four out of five undocumented immigrants who apply fail the D.C. driver’s license test. [Times]
  • Eastern Market mulls charging petitioners—-but Tommy WellsTom Sherwood, and others intervene. [NBC4]
  • Post ed board wants changes at the D.C. General homeless shelter. [Post]
  • Renters face high rents as a percentage of their income. [Housing Complex]
  • District licenses are challenged all over the country. [Times, WAMU]
  • Drivers continue to illegally park in District bike lanes. [Post]
  • Where are the police on traffic enforcement? [Post]

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

  • Get ready for the new Ballou. [Post]
  • NIMBYism could be costing American tens of billions of dollars per year. [Vox]
  • Why poor Washingtonians bike less than wealthier ones. [CityLab]
  • A new partnership will digitize thousands of historical D.C. maps. [MapStory]
  • Dupont’s former Frat House set to become residences. [UrbanTurf]
  • On the curbless, shared streets that will soon line the Southwest Waterfront. [GGW]
  • Four Points Sheraton sold, loses Four Points name. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Two-level Logan Circle condo—$1,799,900

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

  • Four D.C.-based photographers on the etiquette of taking pictures in public [CityLab]
  • Developers in Brookland built artists’ studios to help lure new art-loving residents into their apartments. [Post]
  • Local visual-artist power couple chukwumaa and E. Jane on making art that tackles mental illness and the idea of belonging [Redeem]
  • A couple got engaged in the middle of the National Building Museum’s maze. If they ever escape, they’ll get married! [DCist]
  • Arrange your own art exhibit with the Phillips Collection’s uCurate app. [Washingtonian]
  • Paperhaus‘ Alex Tebeleff on pulling together a living as a musician, guitar teacher, and booker [BYT]
  •  Photos of the Morrison Brothers Band and Amy Wilcox at the 9:30 Club [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • New lunch destinations to try [Eater]
  • Where to find and how to make granita this summer [Post]
  • Squid ink cocktails are on the rise. [Zagat]
  • Washington Firehouse turns historic building into Bloomingdale restaurant. [WBJ]
  • Free veggie dogs today from PETA reps clad in lettuce bikinis [Washingtonian]
  • The Navy Yard Oyster Company coming to the Capitol Riverfront. [PoPville]