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The D.C. fire department is expected to hire civilian paramedics to fill the extreme shortages in its emergency medical services workforce—-a move that reverses a longstanding effort to create an agency in which employees are trained both as medics and firefighters.


  • The National Security Archive at George Washington University obtained declassified government documents that once and for all confirm the existence of Area 51. [WTOP]
  • Despite reports to the contrary, refinishing work on the Martin Luther King Jr. are expected to be completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington. [AP]
  • Is the National Zoo’s female giant panda pregnant? Let the 24-hour panda pregnancy watch commence. [WAMU]
  • D.C.’s attorney general has officially opposed Pepco’s efforts to raise rates—-which would amount to $2 million in additional revenue—-on low-income households.  [WAMU]


More Taxes, Please: Housing Complex provides a compelling defense for higher property tax assessments in the District.

White, Male, And Dead:  The demographics of D.C. theatergoers don’t break much from the status quo.

Sugar Crazies: A round-up of some of the most outlandish dessert mash-ups in the District.

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

  • D.C. struggles under paramedic shortage. [AP]
  • Fire department says it will start hiring civilian paramedics. [Times]
  • M Street NW bike lane sets up fight between church, cyclists. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Blogger goes to ANC meetings so you don’t have to. [City Desk]
  • Thefts on Metro are increasing. [WAMU]
  • American University bans outdoor smoking. [WTOP]
  • D.C. schools adopt the Common Core. [WAMU]
  • NSA mix-up intercepted calls from Washington instead of Egypt. [Post]
  • Pond algae killed the fish on the National Mall. [Times]

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

  • Want to escape natural disasters? Move to Bethesda, but not D.C. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Dupont ANC votes to extend reduced liquor license moratorium. [SALM, GGW]
  • Think tank buys IMBY blog. [UrbanTurf]
  • MLK Memorial work will be done by next week. [DCist]
  • D.C.’s emergency services are among the worst in the country. [AP]
  • Ward 2 is not a fan of free visitor parking permits. [GGW]
  • GW vows to address crappy, moldy dorms. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: “Pleasantly surprising” Eckington condo

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

  • SC Johnson donates $5 million to the National Museum of American History’s “American Enterprise” exhibit. [Washington Business Journal]
  • National Park Service says the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial’s inscription should be repaired by the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—aka Aug 28. [Post]
  • Now that the MLK memorial is being changed, what other monuments need tweaking? [Post]
  • Road work near Jiffy Lube Live won’t ruin this weekend’s Jimmy Buffett concert, but should thoroughly piss off Toby Keith fans next weekend. [Post]
  • Kendrick Lamar will play Rock the Bells—as will some of the rappers he challenged in Big Sean‘s “Control.” Hope for some verbal sparring. [Post]

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

  • Taste test of the bakery at Ted’s Bulletin on 14th St. NW [BYT]
  • Busboys & Poets owner considers a run for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C.’s 15 most anticipated fall openings [Thrillist]
  • The Reef closed after reported stabbing. [Post]
  • “In D.C., people love steakhouses,” says restaurateur Richard Sandoval. [Eater]
  • Try the duck rolls at Imm Thai in Annandale. [NoVa Mag]