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District Line Daily: D.C.’s Biking Twits

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D.C. cyclists are nastier than a motorcycle gang, according to Post columnist Courtland Milloy. Bicycling "terrorists," he somewhat argues, are trying to take over the roads in D.C. But are they? WCP's Aaron Wiener weighs in, saying that Milloy has a blase attitude toward cyclists who are hit by cars and that it doesn't appear he's even aware there are people in wards 7 and 8 fighting for very basic biking rights.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Police are investigating an assault at Mount Vernon Square's Safeway in which a woman punched a man while calling him a gay slur. [News4]
  • Take a look at these gorgeous photos from last night's double rainbow. [Post]
  • Despite an increase in bicycling in D.C., there's actually been a decrease in the number of citations issued to cyclists this year so far. [Post]
  • Councilmember Mary Cheh fires at DDOT over the condition of the roads and the high number of potholes, but DDOT says it's not their fault, since roads haven't been adequately funded for some time. [WAMU]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

D.C. Punks: D.C. almost lost its Fort Reno concert series this summer. Our latest cover story looks at why it was canceled, why it was uncanceled, and what the fight was really about.

Amicable Breakup?: Mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz is running as an independent after four mayoral bids as a Republican. Now she is trying to court Republican voters.

Spa Troubles: Court records show that Spa World in Virginia may not be paying its employees or allowing its employees to quit.

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

  • Police radio goes down for five minutes after power outage. [TimesPost]
  • D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson appoints his live-in partner to panel considering companies considering D.C. United stadium plan. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser sticks to her guns, declines Ward 4 debate. [LL]
  • Almost 40 percent of District roads are rated "poor" or worse. [WAMUTimes]
  • Carol Schwartz reminds Republicans of the good ol' days, asks for their vote. [LL]
  • Remembering Bob Moore's complicated legacy [Housing Complex]
  • Grocery store owner dies after armed robbery. [City Desk, Post, WAMU]
  • Courtland Milloy takes another stab at regaining "myopic little twit" relevance. [Post]
  • Charges filed in Carver-Langston stabbing. [Post]
  • Council general counsel Dave Zvenyach helps increase access to District's law online. [Govexec]
  • What's up for the D.C. Health Exchange after a week of flops? [WBJ]
  • Gay man punched, called a slur at 5th St. Safeway. [Blade]
  • 14th Street NW sinkhole extends into this morning's rush hour. [Post]

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

  • Thoughts on the future of the CCNV shelter. [DCFPI]
  • Jim Graham commits to keeping the shelter downtown. [DCist]
  • A look inside a vacant, deteriorating house by the Anacostia Metro station. [Death and Life of Historic Anacostia]
  • Don't think bikes and streetcars can get along? Look to Europe. [GGW]
  • The latest renderings of the controversial St. Thomas' Parish Church development. [UrbanTurf]
  • Nine of the 10 longest Metro escalators are on the Red Line. [GGW]
  • Business leaders to DDOT: Maybe you could let us handle some of the street repairs. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: A slice of suburbia near Takoma—$469,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Watch Kelly Towles paint over reproductions of well-known works by Edward Hopper and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. [Experiment Station]
  • The inaugural In It Together Fest has a killer lineup, a rad mission, and an artful digital presence. [Arts Desk]
  • The CIA claims to know nothing of Tupac's whereabouts. [Post]
  • Photos and a recap from the season's first Fort Reno show, featuringMalatese and Captivators. [BYT]
  • Two local tap dancers will star in Debbie Allen's touring "Brothers of the Knight" production. [Post]
  • The members of Heavy Lights open up about the recording challenges behind their latest LP, Mad Minds. [D.C. Music Download]
  • SMOOTA brings his musings on male sexuality and nudity to D.C. twice this week. [Bandwidth]
  • A Q&A with Roger Guenveur Smith, who's staging Rodney King's story at: Woolly Mammoth in a one-man show [Post]

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

  • A guide to new and revamped steakhouses [Eater]
  • Crumbs Bake Shop closes all its stores. [Post]
  • The best brunches in 15 D.C. neighborhoods. [Thrillist]
  • Six non-touristy places to eat in Georgetown. [Zagat]
  • Kitty's Saloon coming to H Street NE. [PoPville]
  • D.C. restaurants navigate Obamacare. [WBJ]
  • Westover Beer Garden moves closer to opening in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
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