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If you see Post columnist Courtland Milloy cruising in his Solara, get out of the way. Milloy worries that D.C. speed cameras are killing the joy of driving.


  • Three South Capitol Street defendants get life in prison. [Examiner]
  • Virginia gets its first West Nile death. [Post]
  • H Street Playhouse’s move to Anacostia means a name change to the Anacostia Playhouse. [Post]
  • Michael Brown has a really fast press conference. [Times]


Photos of the Day: Fight on the X2.

Review Dispute: Dupont Circle’s Fuse Pilates studio is suing the people behind some critical Yelp reviews, saying that the reviews interfered with their business.

Date Lab Rat: Almost three years after she signed up to participate in the Washington Post‘s Date Lab blind date feature, area singer Priska Neely went on the date and lived to tell about it.

Chef Helps Cannibal: D.C. chef José Andrés has been hired as a culinary consultant for NBC’s upcoming series Hannibal, based on fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Andrés is supposed to make sure that Lecter comes off as a “culinary sophisticate.”

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • Michael Brown on having $113,000 stolen from his campaign: plenty of people and institutions have been stolen from. Guy who Brown says stole says he’s being made the “fall guy.” [Times]
  • Anita Bonds wants Mendo’s seat [Post]
  • Adrian Fenty on public radio today to talk about shadow campaign, er, teachers strike in Chicago. [NPR]
  • “If you did something illegal and Kwame Brown knows about it, you should be worried.” [NBC4]
  • Life without parole for South Capitol shooters [Examiner]
  • Cabbies want strict rules for Uber [Examiner]
  • Speed cameras and their ridiculously high fines suck! [Post]

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

  • Thievery Corporation‘s Eric Hilton says D.C.’s arts scene “has gotten better, but honestly Baltimore has a way better arts scene and a way better music scene.” [Brightest Young Things]
  • The Renoir painting found at a West Virginia flea market could fetch more than $100,000 at auction. [Post]
  • The Arlington Planetarium is reopening the weekend of Sept. 28-30, and it’s got a weekend of activities planned. [ArlNow]
  • When H Street Playhouse reopens east of the river, it will be called the Anacostia Playhouse. [Post]
  • WaPo trashes Mitch Albom‘s The Timekeeper, meaning Albom’s scheduled Sept. 24 reading at the Washington Post building could get awkward. [Post]
  • Among this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards Honorees: former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams [Art 202]
  • After a long renovation, the Mt. Pleasant Branch Library reopens today. Pictures! [DCist]
  • What to do at this weekend’s H Street Festival [Post]
  • A chat with Brent Birckhead, Bohemian Caverns’ September artist-in-residence [DCist]

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

  • D.C.’s grocery store boom [HuffPost]
  • New bar/diner/coffeehouse from the Tryst and Diner team will be called The Coupe. [PoP]
  • After pizzeria owner gives President Barack Obama a bear hug, the restaurant faces backlash on Yelp. [NPR]
  • What to expect from Drafting Table [Washingtonian]
  • All the gossip from Bachelor Pad contestant’s viewing/restaurant announcement/birthday party [Eater]
  • Six great bar lunch deals in D.C. [Zagat]
  • DC Food Truck Association accepts members from Virginia and Maryland, changes name. [Post]