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D.C.’s Department of Transportation will get rid of the zebra barriers that were intended to prevent cars along Pennsylvania Ave. NW from making U-turns through the bike lanes, because the zebras are not working. They’ll be replaced by new barriers called park-its, which are rubber, six feet long, and four inches high.


  • Under the D.C. budget, a law exempting certain senior homeowners from property taxes was changed to allow these seniors to defer their property taxes. [WAMU]
  • Some relics stolen by a satanic cult 20 years ago from Congressional Cemetery are finally being returned. [Post]
  • Why do so many bicyclists ride on sidewalks in D.C.? [Post]
  • Area firefighters are struggling to solve hundreds of cases involving cars that were intentionally set on fire. Many people set their cars on fire to collect insurance payments. [News4]


D.C. Punks: D.C. almost lost its Fort Reno concert series this summer. Our latest cover story looks at why it was canceled, why it was uncanceled, and what the fight was really about.

Political Parade: The best and worst of the politicians and aspiring politicians who marched in this weekend’s Fourth of July Palisades parade.

Graveside Go-Go: Chuck Brown‘s last album of new music will be released this August.

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

  • Marijuana group turns in 58,000 petitions to put legalization on the ballot. [PostWashingtonian, DCist]
  • Ex-FCC attorney Edward “Smitty” Smith will run for attorney general. [LL, Post]
  • Tony Williams turns out for Muriel Bowser at the Palisades Parade. [LL]
  • Former Gertrude Stein Club president Lateefah Williams says she’ll run for attorney general if she meets the qualifications. But the elections board won’t tell her if she does until she collects signatures. [Blade]
  • The Ward 6 member of the State Board of Education won’t run for re-election. [Post]
  • After health exchange launch, some D.C. insurance brokers still haven’t been paid. [Post]
  • LL nominates Michael A. Brown and Harry Thomas Jr. as some of America’s worst politicians. [LL]
  • Baltimore Sun declares pot-hating Rep. Andy Harris (D-Md.) a “preening pest.” [Sun]
  • DDOT will trade out “zebras” on Pennsylvania Ave. for thicker obstacles in fight to prevent illegal U-turns. [WAMU]
  • Neighbors sue over alleged damage from pop-up. [Post]
  • Lawyers backing budget autonomy appeal bring research to support their claims. [Post]
  • Contractors attend St. Elizabeths Department of Homeland Security conference, despite worries about project’s future. [WBJ]
  • It’s hard to imagine that neighbors of St. Elizabeths will shed many tears over the loss of the headquarters.” [Housing Complex]

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

  • Arlington: the suburb of the future? [Salon]
  • The plan to preserve and improve so-called Mid City East. [WBJ]
  • As WMATA works to add more bus lanes, a reminder that we used to have many miles more. [PlanItMetro]
  • Study: D.C.’s the third-best place for STEM grads, ahead of San Francisco. [NerdWallet]
  • A plea to stop biking on the sidewalk downtown. [Post]
  • So long, Pennsylvania Avenue zebra. Hello, park-its. [WAMU]
  • Today on the market: Anacostia rowhouse on large lot—$429,900

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

  • Chuck Brown’s last album of new music, recorded in the year before his death, drops next month. [Arts Desk]
  • Fort Reno’s website has four unique designs this year. Here’s who made them. [Threespot]
  • An interview with queer Croatian performance-art curator Zvonimir Dobrović, who brings a show to Furthermore tomorrow [Peri0d]
  • Local author Susan Coll published a novel on the staged gloss of the wealthy D.C. suburbs. [Post]
  • New animal sculptures are hanging on Capitol Hill’s street signs. [DCist]
  • Tim Beeler of Ought, which plays the Black Cat tonight, on what it means to be a “Canadian band” [BYT]

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