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It’s Thursday, which means another edition of Washington City Paper is out. On the cover, Segway tour company Segs in the City battles with the District over licensing guides and the First Amendment.


  • Sweat in the City: We’re getting into the 100+ region, but on the plus side, there’s going to be a Sharknado 2! [Post]
  • Water Crisis: Prince George’s County residents get to keep their water this week in the face of looming water outages. [NBC4]
  • 3D Printing: Now, you can make a miniature 3D Washington Monument at the D.C. Library. [DCist]
  • Abortion Autonomy: A bill that would restrict abortions in the District has moved forward in the House. [WAMU]
  • Plane Crash: This morning, a plane crashed into an Anne Arundel County home. [WJLA]


Rolling Papers: Our cover story this week explores the scandalous side of D.C. Segway politics.

Roast of the Town: Why are we so touchy about D.C. becoming a “food city?”

No Rules at Signature Theatre: The Arlington theatre debuts the No Rules Show—half cabaret, half Conan O’Brien.

High Hopes: The D.C. Council has only recently mellowed out about weed.

Ghost Town: Parkway Overlook is empty. Will it stay that way? And if not, will it be affordable?

Still Mine: James Cromwell takes up his first lead role in Michael McGowan‘s Still Mine, a heart-wrenching film about aging and love.

Mormons at The Kennedy Center: The Book of Mormon production is coming to the Kennedy Center and it may be better than the original.

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

  • Retailers warn Vince Gray about living wage bill. [Housing Complex, Times, WAMU]
  • Jeff Thompson‘s Chartered won’t pay creditors just yet. [Post]
  • Can you actually get a job at the DC Water jobs trailer? [Post]
  • House puts D.C. abortion restrictions on spending bill. [WAMU]
  • D.C. doesn’t look so bad in Google auto-complete. [WAMU]
  • Water for everyone in Prince George’s County, just not that much of it. [NBC 4]
  • Two killed in shooting near East Capitol Street. [Post]
  • David Grosso, who’s on the committee deciding Marion Barry‘s punishment for accepting illicit gifts, calls Barry’s ethical lapses “inexcusable.” [Blade]

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

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

  • Artisphere launches a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for its forthcoming Andy Warhol exhibit. [ARLnow]
  • The Smithsonian struggles to store parts of its growing collection. [Post]
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library unveils its new Digital Commons. [DCist]
  • Post-Bubble, the Hirshhorn tries to get back to basics. [Post]
  • Dupont Circle gets more outdoor Shakespeare. [DCist]
  • Local DJ Joey Flash arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting unconscious women. [Post]
  • Traces of Blue (formerly Afro-Blue) does NPR. [NPR]

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

  • The 15 best cocktails in D.C. [DCist]
  • Four summertime cocktails to try [NoVa Mag]
  • Just what you want on a hot day: meatloaf [Eater]
  • Wawa convenience store coming to Fairfax County. [WBJ]
  • Critic Tom Sietsema gives Bloomingdale’s The Red Hen two and a half stars. [Post]
  • Heat leads to temporary District Taco closure in Arlington. [ARLnow]
  • Mediterranean Spot now open in Adams Morgan. [PoPville]