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News for the sartorially inclined: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has yet another side job as a fashion model in GQ.


  • Crime up in gentrifying neighborhoods. [Examiner]
  • Questions remain after death of two teens in Ellicott City train derailment. [Post]
  • Homeless man and “rootless savant” Peter Bis remembered in Capitol Hill. [Post]
  • Charters pushing for more funding. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Bumper Cars.

Quashing Beefs: Rapper Shy Glizzy‘s feud with fellow rapper Fat Trel is over, according to Wale, who claims to have settled the beef. The truce will be sealed over some collaborative songs.

Talking Tap: Can you tell the difference between bottled water and water from a tap? DC Water is betting you can’t, and to prove it, they’re holding Pepsi Challenge-style taste tests around town.

Norton, Unemployed on Jobs: Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton held a roundtable last night on how to get jobs and contracts on federal projects like the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture. But an activist for the unemployed says the delegate is ignoring them.

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

  • Republican Party platform will have no talk of statehood, thank you very much, thanks to a delegate from Indiana who says D.C. gets all the representation it needs from the Democratic Party. [PFAW]
  • VO completes visits of all nine city BIDS. [@VincentOrangeDC]
  • Fancy neighborhoods on the “edge” of less fancy neighborhoods seeing spike in violent crime. [Examiner]
  • Mayor Gray plowing ahead with smart taxi meter installations despite contract dispute. [TimesPost]
  • Jack Evans wants Stephen Strasburg to pitch until his arm falls off… [Post]
  • …because it would be great for the city’s hotels to be filled up during a World Series. [Examiner]
  • Task forces rule. [NBC4, Examiner]

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

  • D.C. Star has been leased to Panorama Productions, the electronic-music promotion company that books Glow and runs DCClubbing.com. Panorama plans to call the venue Echostage. [Post]
  • Talking to Kathleen Akerley about Longacre Lea’s new Goldfish Thinking and Eleanor Holdridge about Theater J’s production of Body Awareness [Post]
  • Dreams From My Father and other left-leaning books are, predictably, big in D.C. [Amazon via DCist]

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

  • Interns’ guide to the best D.C. ice cream [BYT]
  • Late summer restaurant openings [Zagat]
  • Quiznos in Chinatown closes. [PoP]
  • Home brewers want the secret recipe for the White House Honey Ale. [Post]
  • Clarendon Whole Foods adding a beer room [ARLnow]
  • 3 Stars Brewing Company‘s tasting room [Thrillist]
  • D.C.’s most iconic beverages [Eater]