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  • The Black Cat is celebrating its 20 year anniversary, and the history of D.C. indie rock’s favorite clubhouse is our latest cover story.
  • A man matching up to local shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson‘s description reportedly operated a shadow campaign for Hillary Clintons’ 2008 presidential run. [Loose Lips]
  • If Bryan Weaver or Brianne Nadeau want to unseat Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham (if he decides to run again), one of them may have to drop out of the race. [Loose Lips]
  • One man is dead and three others injured with potentially life threatening injuries after a shooting occurred on Pierce Street NW last night, reportedly over a game of dice. Police are still looking for the shooter. [News4]


Rental Block: Anacostia residents are upset the plans for the Big K site only include affordable housing options. Is this what’s best for an area trying to grow and attract retail?

Let The Bad Times Roll: The dirt on everything that went down at the now-shuttered TruOrleans—-including neon tank tops, melees, food fights, lawsuits, tax troubles, an extradition to Nevada, and more.

Pocket Full of Cash: Don’t throw away your cash just yet. There could be up to 2,000 District cabs that still won’t have credit cards readers installed by the Oct. 1 extended deadline.

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

  • Jeff Thompson allegedly funded a shadow campaign-style effort for Hillary Clinton in 2008. [Post, LL, WAMU, Center for Public Integrity]
  • Clinton and Thompson: “They’re pals.” [CPI]
  • D.C. moves to revoke Adrian Fenty‘s group’s nonprofit status. [WBJ]
  • Prosecutors want to delay Michael Brown‘s sentencing. [@ZoeTillman]
  • The Department of General Services wants to outsource one of its main jobs. [WBJ]
  • Surprise: District tickets drop when speed limits increase. [WJLA]
  • Donald Trump could buy FBI headquarters. [Post]
  • Legalized gay marriage in D.C. means long lines at the courthouse. [Blade]
  • Fire breaks out at closed Spingarn High School this morning. [NBC 4]
  • Rental fight over Big K site. [Housing Complex]
  • TruOrleans, H Street’s “most hated restaurant,” is no more. [Young & Hungry]

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

  • Behold: a new Metro map! [Post]
  • Metro stations should be more individualized. [GGW]
  • The Department of General Services is outsourcing its schools and parks work. [WBJ]
  • The fifth fastest-growing craft brewery in America is…DC Brau. [The Street]
  • 11th Streeters opposed to bike lane completion for fear of parking loss. [GGW]
  • Kids in walkable neighborhoods get much more exercise. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: $900k for a Columbia Heights rowhouse “in need of TLC”

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts meets its $50 million fundraising goal. [Post]
  • Solange returns! Beyonce’s sister plays Lisner Auditorium in November. [Post]
  • WETA will air The Bayou: D.C.’s Killer Joint beginning Sept. 16. [Art 202]
  • Kramerbooks gets a new window after drunks smashed the old one. [Post]
  • Andrew Mellon Foundation gives $1 million to the Freer and Sackler galleries to support preservation of Chinese paintings. [AP]
  • The 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards will be handed out Oct. 22 at the Warner Theatre. [Art 202]
  • Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Lila Downs, Prince Royce, and several other artists will perform at the White House’s “Música Latina: In Performance at the White House” on Sept. 16. [Post]
  • Ian MacKaye to guest on NPR’s Ask Me Another, which tapes in D.C. next month. [Arts Desk]
  • DC Heavy Metal reveals its new T-shirt design. [DC Heavy Metal]

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

  • DC Brau is the fifth fastest-growing brewery in the country. [The Street via DCist]
  • D.C. chefs take on weight loss. [NBC4]
  • Sona Creamery and Wine Bar coming to Eastern Market neighborhood. [PoPville]
  • The owners of 1905 are opening a Mexican/Latin place at 108 Rhode Island Ave. NW. [Eater]
  • Chitti Chitti Grill food truck hits the streets. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • An experiment in bubble tea making [Post]
  • French chefs struggle with fast food. [WSJ]