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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier addressed the recent spate of murders this past week and said there has been a “significant increase” in fatal domestic violence cases and female victims in D.C.


  • A pedestrian-rights group says the District is not focusing enough on pedestrian safety. [WAMU]
  • It was a long, hot World Cup day in D.C. yesterday with lots of watch parties. [Post]
  • A Virginia legislator, Del. Joseph Morrissey, was indicted Monday on charges that he had a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. [News4]
  • Despite Tropical Storm Arthur, it looks like we’ll have nice weather this holiday weekend. [WTOP]


Green Construction: Our latest cover story is a look at how rich foreign investors are helping finance D.C.’s building boom—-in exchange for legal status in the U.S.

Cold Noodle: Daikaya’s cold ramen debut is delayed because a key ingredient in it has been held up by the FDA en route from Japan.

American Art: The American University Museum is expanding its focus on Washington art and wants to absorb some of the Corcoran collection.

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

  • Judge orders anti-violence group Peaceoholics and co-founder Jauhar Abraham to pay $639,000 in grant case; co-founder Ron Moten wants to take his case to trial. [Post]
  • Attorney general asks judge to dismiss lawsuit filed by dismissed housing agency boss. [LL]
  • Police chief Cathy Lanier talks about recent spate of murders, including female victims. [Post]
  • Minimum wage initiative organizers admit they won’t make the November ballot. [Post]
  • D.C. Council mulls special education changes. [Post]
  • Pedestrian groups aims to improves safety. [WAMU]
  • Police say weekend murder was caused by fight over can of Natty Ice. [Times]
  • The dream of an underground parking garage under the Mall isn’t dead yet. [DCist]
  • Prosecutors won’t pursue charges against man who said he accidentally drove onto White House property. [Post]

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

  • The four proposals for the city-owned 8th and O NW site, with renderings. [UrbanTurf]
  • The D.C.-area jobs picture isn’t looking so great. [Post]
  • And housing prices are rising more slowly than elsewhere. [WBJ]
  • How to fix the Ballston Common Mall? By making it less mall-like. [GGW]
  • Urbanist-designed flatiron house near U Street NW hits the market. [UrbanTurf]
  • The proposal to build parking and irrigation under the National Mall isn’t dead yet. [DCist]
  • DC Water’s issuance of green century bonds is a U.S. first. [Hill Rag]
  • Today on the market: Pennsylvania Avenue SE basement in need of some work—$29,000

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

  • The American University Museum makes a bid to absorb the Corcoran’s collection after it dissolves. [Arts Desk]
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is getting us one step closer to a parking garage under the National Mall. [DCist]
  • President Obama tried to make a crack joke. [Post]
  • Alex Tebeleff on the lack of video documentation and, uh, music journalism in D.C. [BYT]
  • Our local ex-inmate’s last installment of Orange Is the New Black reviews [Arts Desk]
  • Titian’s sexy “Danaë” is now on view at the National Gallery of Art. [Post]

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

  • The evolution of D.C.’s cocktail scene [Zagat]
  • Daniel Boulud hosts dinner for D.C.’s top chefs in advance of his restaurant’s arrival. [Post]
  • D.C.’s most underrated sandwiches [Thrillist]
  • The Smithsonian’s Mitsitam Cafe has elk sliders on its new summer menu. [Eater]
  • Little Ricky’s closes for the summer in Brookland. [PoPville]
  • Micho’s Lebanese Grill coming soon to H Street NE. [District Cuisine]
  • What’s new and almost opened in northern Virginia. [NoVa Mag]