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A damning months-long Washington Post investigation reveals that living conditions at the troubled D.C. General homeless shelter are even worse than imagined. There are pests, dirty water, broken elevators, poor security, and shelter employees that intimidate and have inappropriate relations with the residents.


  • There were three shootings in D.C. this weekend in less than 24 hours. One of the shootings was a triple shooting that left two people dead at North Capitol and T streets NW. There have now been 67 homicides in the District this year, a nearly 50 percent increase from this time last year.[News4]
  • D.C. officials will start ticketing cars that are blocking the streetcar tracks along H Street from Union Station to Benning Road. [News4]
  • A D.C. bill slated to be introduced today would ban suspensions for the city's pre-K students. [Washington Post]
  • Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland defends his decision to try and block D.C.'s law to decriminalize marijuana. [WAMU]
  • Mayor Vince Gray said Friday he would veto one of the Council's budget bills and restore street car funding in another. His efforts will likely be in vain. [Loose Lips]


Just Shoot Us: D.C. nabbed Pierre Bagley from Hollywood. It's a long shot, but can he bring Hollywood to D.C? Our latest cover story explores the possibility.

Double Down: The Post's Courtland Milloy's defends his controversial anti-bike commuter column and says that his piece was not an act of trolling, but rather a "public service."

I Scream!: Ice Cream Jubilee opened along the Capitol Riverfront this weekend.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Parasites, rashes, and much worse abound at homeless shelter D.C. General. [Post]
  • Struggling housing complex is at center of alleged political payback by Vince Gray, pulls in Muriel Bowser and David Catania, too. [Post]
  • Vince Gray vetoes Phil Mendelson's budget. [LLTimes]
  • Gray faces a near-impossible fight for today's veto override. [LL]
  • Mayor claims that current budget would delay the streetcar system until 2045. [Housing Complex]
  • Company at center of Washington City Paper contracting story kicked out of contracting program for five years. [LL]
  • Pot-hating Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) claims that he wouldn't try to block D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization if it looked like his own state's.  [WAMU]
  • Catania introduces legislation aimed at hefty tenant buyout offer. [Housing Complex]
  • Ex-District lawyer will testify against judge at center of Office of Administrative Hearing ethics case. [Times]
  • Burglar victimizes Bowser's parents. [TimesPost]
  • Post columnist Courtland Milloy says he's doing a "public service." [City Desk]
  • DC Water issues the first century-long bonds in U.S. public utility history. [Bloomberg]
  • Colby King: District ignores "sociopathic" young criminals. [Post]
  • District cop gets 18 years over sexual assault charge. [Post]
  • Lawsuit over Options charter school delayed for potential criminal investigation. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • A close look at the poor conditions at the D.C. General homeless shelter. [Post]
  • Courtland Milloy opens up on his bike-column controversy, cycling history. [City Desk]
  • Developer proposes six-floor residential building in Anacostia. [WBJ]
  • The government-shutdown baby boom is apparently a real thing. [WJLA]
  • Has politics interfered with living conditions at a Washington Highlands apartment complex? [Post]
  • The feds should be getting better leasing deals in a tenant-friendly market. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Logan Circle 2BR condo—$359,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • Now that its Kennedy Center run is through, can Side Show succeed on Broadway? [Post]
  • Experimental guitarist Chris Grier of To Live and Shave in L.A. has died. [Arts Desk]
  • Dana Carvey breaks down his Obama impression. [Washingtonian]
  • A surplus of bands and limited space at the inaugural In It Together Fest [Bandwidth]
  • A 1945 memo predicted the Corcoran's identity crises to come. [Post]
  • With no formal camera training, Nigel Lyons has become one of D.C.'s most prolific music-video producers. [D.C. Music Download]
  • An interview with the creative team behind the Contemporary American Theater Festival [DC Metro Theater Arts]
  • Conductor and Castleton Festival founder Lorin Maazel has died. [Post]


FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman  (tips?

  • Are walk-up windows a thing now? [Zagat]
  • Will chef Jeremiah Langhorne be the Mid-Atlantic's answer to Rene Redzepi? [Post]
  • Pizzas for meat lovers around D.C. [Eater]
  • Michelle Obama brunches at Open City. [PoPville]
  • Willow owners sell gluten-free bread. [WBJ]
  • The Corned Beef King parks permanently in Bethesda. [Washingtonian]
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