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Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser is the only Democrat running in a heavily Democratic city. But she's still running an extremely cautious campaign, refusing to take public stances on controversial issues or engage her opponents in debates.


  • The H Street NE streetcar will open the first week of November, at the earliest. That's nearly a year after the District had first hoped it would open. [WAMU]
  • As expected, the D.C. Council voted to override Mayor Vince Gray's budget veto. [Loose Lips]
  • The Metropolitan Police Department is changing its policy of how its police officers get out of paying red light traffic tickets after a six-month WUSA9 investigation. [WUSA9]
  • D.C.'s first shipping container apartment are coming to Brookland. [WBJ]


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.

Another Take: The D.C. General homeless shelter is a horrible place to live. But closing it would be much worse.

Pigskin Shame Spiral: A federal judge barred the Washington football team's name from being used in his courtroom or rulings.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • David Catania pushes mayoral rival Muriel Bowser to investigate some of her supporters in Park Southern housing complex case. [LLPost]
  • Council votes overwhelmingly to override Vince Gray's budget veto. [LL, WAMUTimesPost]
  • Bowser wants to keep things quiet this summer, prep for post-Labor Day breakout. [Post]
  • National group's mailer help one candidate in today's Ward 8 ed board race—but she says she doesn't want their help. [LL]
  • Attorney general hopeful Edward "Smitty" Smith launches his campaign with a big crowd. [LL]
  • Post columnist Petula Dvorak wants the D.C. General homeless shelter shuttered and replaced with smaller shelters. [Post]
  • But right now, closing it could make the situation even worse. [Housing Complex]
  • Post ed board wishes the District could have saved money by holding a mail-in race in Ward 8. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh moves to block controversial Ivy City bus lot with a community center. [Housing Complex]
  • Lawsuit challenging First Source hiring continues. [WBJ]
  • Breweries can finally sell pints under new law. [WBJ]
  • Men protest ban on gay or bisexual blood donations. [Blade]
  • Insurers back away from restaurant health exchange. [WBJ]
  • Blaze up, says Post columnist Clinton Yates—let's legalize it. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Get ready for shipping-container apartments, Brookland. [WBJ]
  • D.C.'s allure to foreign investors fades as other U.S. cities rise. [Post]
  • Zoning Commission members don't love Office of Planning's retreat on parking, accessory units. [GGW]
  • An argument in favor of higher transit fares [CityLab]
  • Washingtonians talk to their neighbors more than most, but don't really trust them. [Post]
  • A plan to rejuvenate Pennsylvania Avenue [WBJ]
  • Silver Line simulation service starts this weekend. [DCist]
  • A first look at Ward 8's first bike lanes [CHOTR]
  • All that biker hate is really a sign of cycling success. [CityLab]
  • Today on the market: Foggy Bottom 1BR—$378,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • Photos of Joy ButtonsPinkwashthe Sniffs, and Young Trynas at the Dougout [Bandwidth]
  • Can Woolly Mammoth attract a younger audience and turn passive audiences into informed, active ones? With Tumblr, it might. [Arts Desk]
  • The Corcoran's lawyers call recent motions to stop its dissolution "obstruction for the sake of obstruction." [Post]
  • Government Issue's John Stabb on his flamboyant stagewear and the songs of You [The Vinyl District]
  • Pierce Brosnan's son is interning on the Hill. [Post]
  • Photos from Alex Doll's sword-swallowing, fire-breathing Shocked and Amazed show at Artisphere [BYT]
  • Listen to Teen Mom's clean, twangy new track, "I'm In Love With His Dreams." [Arts Desk]
  • The best first songs from bands' first albums [BYT]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman  (tips?

  • Tartare makes a comeback. [Post]
  • Water & Wall launches Chinese lunch pop-up. [Eater]
  • A mini documentary on the guy who's survived on pizza for 25 years [VICE]
  • Ten hot barbecue spots in the D.C. area [Zagat]
  • Breweries can now sell pints of beer in their tasting rooms. [WBJ]
  • Making shitty food pretentious: mac and cheese edition [BYT]
  • Spencer Devon Brewing coming to Fredericksburg this fall. [NoVa Mag]
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