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It’s Monday, but so close to Labor Day weekend. To the news:


  • A dramatic Mary Cheh, after the shadow campaign was revealed: “All could be lost.” [Post]
  • Someone’s been breaking through the walls of Northwest’s banks. [Times]
  • College student wants Metro fares reduced on bad trips. [Post]
  • What will happen to Michael Brown? [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: From the Series “Lunch Hour.”

Moneyball: The Nationals want D.C. to foot the bill to keep Metro open late when the breakout team’s games go late this fall.  Here are 500 million reasons why the city shouldn’t.

Uptown Janice Brown Passes Away: WPFW staffer, reporter, and jazz singer “Uptown” Janice Brown died last Monday.

Korean Kiboshed: Delicious Adams Morgan Korean bar food pop-up Pyongyang Gang is downsizing. From now on, you’ll need to go on the first Wednesday of each month, rather than every Wednesday, for your kimchi sandwiches.

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

  • Mary Cheh, facing “crucial” test of her image and her friendship with Mayor Vince Gray, says she’s the big cheese on the council. “This last session, most of the big bills that pushed through were mine.” [Post]
  • Michael Brown campaign cryptically suggests that challenges made to his petitions “were not made in good faith.” [Examiner]
  • Post ed board doesn’t like the fact that Brown doesn’t have to file OCF report. [Post]
  • Post ed board’s investment in Michelle Rhee won’t let it see just how piss poor the IG’s investigation into test scores was. [Post]
  • When Nats do well, city sees slight increase in baseball-related taxes. [Times]
  • Downtown driving population growth. [Examiner]
  • Back to school, kiddos. You might see the mayor there. [AP]

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A look at this year’s Page to Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Positive Force co-founder and author Mark Andersen reacts to the Pussy Riot sentencing, reflects on his own anti-executive branch punk action of the 1980s. [Post]
  • Reals playwright Gwydion Suilebhan on local real-life superheroes: “We now have a woman named Stormbringer who leads our local community; I have, as of yet, been unable to learn much about her.” [Scoutmob]
  • A gathering of Lindy Hop enthusiasts met in Arlington this weekend, yet while the swing dance emerged from the Harlem renaissance, only a small number of its modern-day practitioners are black. [Post]
  • The week in street art [Pink Line]
  • Valerie Paschall chats with local soul experimenter N’Digo Rose. [DCist]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The best spots to dine solo [Eater]
  • A peek inside Brazilian lounge Tropicalia at 14th and U streets NW [Thrillist]
  • Genius or ridiculous? A pen that’s also a fork [Zagat]
  • Upcoming beer and wine festivals in the D.C. area [Post]
  • Maddy’s Tap Room hoping to open at 13th and L streets NW mid-September. [PoP]
  • The man who received a bottle of White House Honey Ale from Barack Obama [Obama Foodorama]
  • Urban beekeeping [BYT]