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D.C. is seeing a resurgence of no-frills, relatively cheap bars in D.C. Does this make them dive bars? Our latest cover story explores the state of dive bars in D.C.—and whether it's possible for bar owners to simply concoct a new one.


  • Dan Snyder says the Washington football team has started the process of designing a new stadium. The stadium will be "very retro." [City Desk]
  • A group of men listening to music on the back deck of a Chevy Chase apartment around 10 p.m. were robbed at gunpoint by two men in ski masks. [News4]
  • Why is there pumpkin beer in August? Because, well, that's when pumpkin beer season starts these days. Here's why. [Young & Hungry]
  • An actual member of the Kennedy family—William Kennedy Smith—is running for a Foggy Bottom ANC position. [Post]


Zone Defense: There are no two neighborhoods more divided over the school assignments plan than Mount Pleasant and Crestwood: Mount Pleasant kids were assigned to the coveted Alice Deal Middle School and Wilson High School, while Crestwood students were not.

Here We Go Again: George Washington University's former president said on the Diane Rehm show that in order to stop sexual assaults on college campuses, women need to be "trained not to drink in excess." He later told the Hatchet that his comments were taken out of context.

Undecided Voter: Mayor Vince Gray says he still doesn't know who he will be voting for in the mayoral election.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • Vince Gray says Muriel Bowser is acting "very unwise" on school boundaries. [LLPost,DCist]
  • In school boundary changes, neighbors can be winners and losers. [Housing Complex]
  • At-large candidate mad he didn't get a shot at Yvette Alexander's endorsement. [LL]
  • Gray says he hasn't decided who he'll vote for. [LL]
  • Post ed board asks mayoral candidates to stop kidding around. [Post]
  • Controversial Kennedy runs for ANC post. [Post]
  • Police chief Cathy Lanier says she wouldn't repeat Ferguson police mistakes. [Post]
  • District issues report on Ward 5 industrial space.[Housing Complex]
  • Police cleared in shooting of Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis. [TimesPost]
  • Can longer buses make a difference on 16th Street NW? [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Dan Snyder: Football team is working on design for new stadium. [Comcast SportsNet]
  • And it could be a dome on the RFK site. [NBC4]
  • Where have all the dive bars gone? And can they be replaced? [WCP]
  • This is where people ride the bus at night. [PlanItMetro]
  • Vince Gray to mayoral candidates: Don't politicize the schools. [LL]
  • Amid 90-degree temperatures, Sursum Corda residents may be without power for days. [WJLA]
  • GSA backs Hoover Building swap, though not others. [WBJ]
  • The history of Ward 8's roads [GGW]
  • Developer offers Rhode Island Avenue NW condo association $500,000 for air rights over driveway. [SALM]
  • Today on the market: Brick house in Bellevue—$299,999

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • Six steps to restore our faith in the Corcoran [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to an upbeat new Sufi-inspired track from D.C.-based "mystical dance-punk" trio Sarmust. [Bandwidth]
  • After 40 years of film reviews for WRC and WJLA, Arch Campbell is leaving—for now, anyway. [Post]
  • Local author Wendi Harris Kaufman died yesterday. [Washingtonian]
  • Anna Whiston-Donaldson of Vienna, Va., wrote a memoir about the loss of her son in a 2011 flash flood. [Post]
  • An interview with Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano of the Dinner Party Download, an arts and culture show now broadcasting on WAMU [BYT]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS is on vacation.  (tips?

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