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District Line Daily: McDonnell Trial’s Final Scenes

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Grab your popcorn: Closing arguments are set to begin today in the always-entertaining corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wifeand they're expected to be long.


  • In the past two weeks, there have been three reported incidents of flashing on Metro. [News4]
  • Dupont's Pittsburg-themed Mighty Pint bar, which closed at the end of July, will reopen as a farm-to-table restaurant with craft cocktails called Second State. [Post]
  • Former Ward 1 Candidate Jeff Smith was sentenced to 60 days in prison for charges that he took off-the-books campaign money from Jeff Thompson. [Loose Lips]
  • Nearly 150 people were arrested Thursday in front of the White House during an immigration protest, including a Maryland state rep. [WAMU]


The Dives of Others: 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.

Inception:  A local journalist vs. journalist FOIA death match for the ages.

 Summer Vacation: Mayor Vince Gray is traveling to China again next week

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer, is on vacation. (tips?

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • D.C. wasn't really built on a swamp. [Post]
  • Why a big federal building is missing a corner. [GGW]
  • Schools plan is needed, and mayoral candidates aren't being helpful. [Post]
  • Reactions to the prospect of a new football stadium. [WBJ]
  • Better alternatives to a new stadium at the RFK site. [Tim Krepp]
  • The Canadians turn bike lane-blocking on its head. [GGW]
  • For ANCs, a little neighborhood outreach goes a long way. [SALM]
  • Data wonks: Get your latest raw Metro ridership numbers. [PlanItMetro]
  • Today on the market: Logan Circle 3BR condo—$1,849,900

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • The State Department denied the visas of Syrian refugee actresses who were scheduled to stage a play at Georgetown. [Post]
  • In preparation for tomorrow's National Book Festival, graphic-novel recommendations from Kramerbooks [BYT]
  • Illustrator Bob Staake riffs on his Washington Post Style Invitational cartoons and his iconic New Yorker cover. [Arts Desk]
  • A video of a day in the life at U-Va.'s Rare Book School, possibly the nerdiest summer camp ever. [Post]
  • Photos of Windhand, Citadel, and Disciples of Christ at the Black Cat [Bandwidth]
  • Synetic Theater is getting into the workout video business. [YouTube] [YouTube]
  • Notes from judging the Air Sex World Championship at the Rock & Roll Hotel [BYT]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS is on vacation.  (tips?

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