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WMATA won’t be replacing its 1000-series Metro cars until 2014, but here’s a sneak peek at the new 7000-series fleet.


  • Maryland transit officials are set to displace 110 homes and businesses when they buy private property for the Metrorail Purple Line project this fall. [Post]
  • For the first time since the August 2011 earthquake, the Washington Monument will be illuminated tonight. [Times]
  • The Washington Times signed a contract extension with CEO and President Larry Beasley, keeping him with the company through the end of 2015. [Times]
  • Power has been restored to more than 5,600 Pepco customers in the Logan Circle area. [WTOP]


Photo of the Day: Palisades Parade

Safety First: A brief history of fireworks accidents in the District.

Maturity Movie: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash discuss their new coming-of-age comedy The Way, Way Back.

Parading Politicians: Highlights from the Palisades Parade, the District’s traditional kick-off for election season

Swimming Through the Masses: New waves of residents have made Petworth’s Upshur Pool more crowded than ever.

Off-Screen Eats: A showdown between Top Chef alums Spike Mendelsohn and Mike Isabella, both of whom have new meat-centric restaurants in the District.

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

  • Muriel Bowser thinks she could regret elected attorney general vote. [Post]
  • David Grosso stumps for his public campaign financing bill. [Post]
  • Palisades parade-goer complains politicians come for the parade, forget the neighborhood. [Times]
  • Victory for the D.C. hemp caucus—a flag made of the stuff will fly over Congress. [WAMU]
  • Metro general manager: Be patient. [Post]
  • Activist promises gun march on D.C., produces spooky video instead. [Times]

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

  • At Takoma Metro, transit-oriented development becomes a lot more transit-oriented. [Post]
  • D.C.-area apartment market cools off. [WBJ]
  • D.C.-area office market stays cool. [Post]
  • D.C.-area condo supply hits 10-year low. [UrbanTurf]
  • Legal battles delay Hine School development. [WBJ]
  • Another unquestioning story on AAA criticism of parking changes. [WJLA]
  • Orange Line train turns Blue. [WTOP]
  • Teensy update on the new line of Metro railcars. [GGW]
  • Deal could bring federal agency to Branch Ave. Metro station. [Post]
  • Human bias favors a city’s north side. [WSJ]
  • Today on the market: O Street Market marketing begins

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

  • The Washington Monument lights up tonight. [Post]
  • Book of Mormon lands at the Kennedy Center this week, and Nelson Pressleytries to explain why the musical from the creators of South Park is so broadly popular. (Tickets for the KenCen run are almost completely sold out.) [Post]
  • If you wanna party with Folklife performers, head to the Key Bridge Marriott. [Post]
  • A miniprofile of an American chap who’s dedicated his life to Tuvan throat-singing and recently came to D.C. for the Folklife Festival [Post]
  • The Washington Performing Arts Society wins a National Medal of the Arts. [Post]
  • The Butler—a film based on the life of a longtime White House butler—must change its name to avoid confusion with a 1916 film that probably very few living people remember. [Post]
  • On the cover of this week’s New York Times magazine: an excerpt from Mark Leibovich‘s forthcoming book about Washington culture, This Town [New York Times]
  • Court hearing reveals that one witness has been key to the investigation of the March drive-by shooting that stemmed from a fight inside Fur nightclub. [Post]
  • The Capital Fringe festival takes on PTSD. [Post]
  • …and dancing. [Post]
  • Local Malian musician Cheick Hamala Diabate plays a Tiny Desk concert. [NPR]
  • Paula Deen brings buttery racism to D.C. this fall, y’all! [Post]
  • Drop Electric makes a soap opera-worthy music video. [Hometown Sounds via Pink Line Project]
  • The National Building Museum teaches kids about Shaw. [Post]
  • Moombahton creator Dave Nada drops a free “vibes” mix. [Moombahton]

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

  • A ranking of the 36 cheapest American beers [Deadspin]
  • Kiddie cuisine for adults [Girl Meets Food]
  • A tour inside the home of Taylor Gourmet co-owner Casey Patten[Apartment Therapy]
  • DGS Delicatessen launches all-day breakfast. [Washingtonian]
  • Equinox hires 24-year-old chef de cuisine from within. [Post]
  • The latest hipster foodie trend: DIY butter [NPR]