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The latest issue of Washington City Paper is on stands now, and our cover story is all about Kemp Mill Records—-a once-dominant local music chain that now only has one storefront left.


  • Cash-strapped Howard University reported that its namesake hospital lost $21 million last year. [Washington Business Journal]
  • At-Large Councilmember David Catania’s many challenges in getting education bills passed through the D.C. Council. [Loose Lips]
  • The D.C. police department is introducing a new bloodhound dog to its force today that will be trained to track down missing people. [News4]
  • A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered gun activist Adam Kokesh to remain in jail while he awaits trial on a weapons charge. [Post]


Snakes on a Plate: In an unexpected turn of events, it appears that D.C. foodies’ demand for snakehead exceeds the supply.

New Eats: A roundup of the onslaught of restaurants opening in the typically sleepy month of August.

Stagnant Masses: At the March on Washington Wednesday, thousands of people were stuck in the security line for hours. These are their stories.

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

  • The group behind D.C.’s Olympic bid won’t reveal its board members. [Post]
  • Marion Barry‘s son charged with DUI and marijuana possession in Virginia. [NBC 4]
  • Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe goes on Kojo, declares the department “one of the best” in the country. [WAMU]
  • One way in which the D.C. United stadium deal is worse than Nationals Park. [Housing Complex]
  • Howard University Hospital lost $21 million in 2012. [WBJ]
  • Gray gives a speech at the March on Washington commemoration. [Post]
  • Gun activist Adam Kokesh will stay in jail for now. [Post]
  • Adams Morgan bar The Reef can’t survive stabbing. [City Desk]
  • The argument that D.C. can foot the $4 billion Olympics bill. [NBC 4]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)City sues gas mogul for exclusive-supply agreements. [Post]

  • David Catania‘s struggle to make his mark on education. [LL]
  • The war on pedestrians of the 1920s. [GGW]
  • Does it really matter if Millennials stay in the city? [Streetsblog]
  • What goes on outside the gates of St. Elizabeths [CHOTR]
  • A photographer recalls the D.C. of old. [Arts Desk]
  • Magic Johnson bought out of hotel’s residential project. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Tower over Ward 3

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

  • Dismemberment Plan tops this year’s CMJ lineup. [Spin]
  • D.C.’s Film Office gets a mobile app. [Facebook]
  • Pleasant dancing experiences exist in D.C. [DCist]
  • See local indie rock at The Lot at Union Kitchen. [Popville]
  • ICYMI: RIP anthropologist and Smithsonian curator Marvette Pérez. [American History Museum]

Links from Young & Hungry columnist Jessica Sidman will return next week. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)