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District Line Daily: Blue Line Blues

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Metro riders aren't happy that some rush-hour Blue Line trains will be cut to make way for the new Silver Line. But it doesn't look like Metro is going to have a change of heart on the reroutes, given that the decision to make changes to the Blue Line was decided on a decade ago.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A Pennsylvania congressman's press secretary said he accidentally brought a gun into a D.C. federal office building and pleaded not guilty to weapons charges. [News4]
  • Section 8 residents explain why they want to be separated in a different part of the building in a new U Street NW apartment complex with a mix of affordable and market-rate units. [WBJ]
  • Muriel Bowser says she won't hold a hearing on the missing funds at the Ward 8 affordable housing complex, Park Southern. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C. residents successfully chased down and caught a man in Mount Pleasant after he snatched someone's purse. [Post]

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

Compensatory Damages: The District spent workers' compensation money on its general budget. So why is D.C.'s workers' compensation still such a mess? Our latest cover story investigates.

Sunken Dreams: The D.C. Arts Commission told Mia Feuer that she could no longer install a sculpture of a sunken gas station in the Anacostia River. 

Fringe Festival: Make sure to check out all of our Fringe coverage on the Fringeworthy blog.

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

  • Muriel Bowser says she won't hold a hearing on the Park Southern scandal. [LLPost]
  • Charter school board member's contract with a school is under review by the ethics board. [Post]
  • Colby King wonders whether Bowser can be trusted on Park Southern. [Post]
  • At-large hopeful Elissa Silverman says she already has enough signatures to make the ballot. [LL]
  • Montessori school loss out in scramble for locations. [Post]
  • Attorney General Irv Nathan backs Corcoran deal. [WBJ]
  • Who's behind the District's Olympic effort? [Times]
  • District looks for developers for vacant properties. [Housing Complex]
  • Mount Pleasant purse-snatcher foiled by "posse." [Post]
  • Staffers slam Washington Hospital Center. [Post]

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

  • The future of Franklin Park takes shape. [WBJ]
  • The benefits of restoring troubled houses in Anacostia. [Post]
  • A Metropolitan Branch Trail gap begins to close. [GGW]
  • And here's what the trail's possible connection to L Street could look like. [WashCycle]
  • Why we're not seeing family-sized condos. [UrbanTurf]
  • By one measure, Brookland just got pricier than Cleveland Park. [WBJ]
  • How fads affect the retail market. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Foggy Bottom 1BR—$295,000

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

  • Mia Feuer's planned gas-station sculpture in the Anacostia River is no more. [Arts Desk]
  • National Geographic installed a temporary "no cellphones" lane on a Dupont-area sidewalk to promote a new show. [DCist]
  • Margot MacDonald on breaking free from a band with a loop pedal [Washingtonian]
  • Meet the understudies who finally get their moments onstage in Signature Theatre's Revenge of the Understudies. [Post] 
  • Comedian Chelsea Shorte on corruption, bowties, and Blood Pizza Content [BYT]
  • The as-yet-unbuilt Museum of Science Fiction is evaluating potential sites for a preview museum. [DCist]
  • A look at the finances of military bands, some of the largest employers of musicians in the D.C. area [Post]

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

  • Washington's first cake-pop boutique could open in November. [Post]
  • 14 hours eating endless mozzarella sticks at TGI Friday's [Gawker]
  • Fed Restaurant in Adams Morgan "closed for repairs." [PoPville]
  • Veritas Wine Bar will close in August. [Eater]
  • Try the skate wing tempura at Crane & Turtle. [Zagat]
  • 28 next-level ways to eat ice cream [BuzzFeed]
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