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1 big thing: πŸ₯Š Scoop β€” Fleet Street boys vs. the Posties

Will Lewis in the Post newsroom. Photo: Robert Miller/The Washington Post via Getty Images

πŸ‘‹πŸΌ It's Cuneyt, back with Town Talker β€” my column on money and power.

Washington Post CEO Will Lewis is the talk of the town, but how much of a payoff does the new British regime see in covering hometown D.C.?

What I'm hearing: Sir William and co. are floating an idea called "Local+," a new offering for readers who want to pay extra for premium local content, sources tell me.

  • The nascent idea includes building a subscription model with premium newsletter(s) and "exclusive experiences" for locals.

The big picture: This would be a 180. The Jeff Bezos era introduced the idea of the Everything Newspaper β€” local took a backseat in the pursuit to go toe-to-toe with the New York Times.

  • In pre-Bezos times, the Post made the world of Washington front and center, dedicating A1 columns to city hall and zoning disputes in the suburbs.

✨ Inside the room: Karl Wells, a Lewis deputy, now sees renewed value in metro coverage. Local+ (like Disney+, get it?) would be part of a grander strategy for new upscale and pricier Post products.

  • He articulated a vision where the Post will laser focus on readers who have the "highest levels of engagement and have that daily habit" with its journalism. "Starting with our audience right here, in D.C.," Wells said at a May 22 company presentation, per an audio recording I obtained.
  • A new import from UK's News Corp, Wells is the Post's chief growth officer.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Catch up fast: As Axios' Sara Fischer observed, it's hard not to notice the legion of English accents explaining turnaround strategy to a big American newsroom.

  • Besides Wells, the "British invasion" includes the incoming newsroom leader Robert Winnett, whose drive for scoops at the Telegraph earned him the nickname "Rat Boy."
  • The ensuing media frenzy has chronicled a week of tension after the defenestration of Sally Buzbee and the rise of the Fleet Street boys.
  • Politico's Jack Shafer is calling the revolution "The Rupert Murdoch-ization of the Washington Post" (a bit harsh, perhaps).

πŸ—žοΈ For a taste of the differences between U.S. and UK journalism, look no further than the Watergate-esque investigation produced by the Telegraph in 2009 with Lewis at the helm. When his reporters were prodding a source to leak explosive documents, Lewis had a sweetener: offer 100,000 pounds β€” icky to American sensibilities, but not unheard of in English newspapering.

  • "Honestly, the payment thing is a red herring, right," Lewis says in a dramatic documentary about the exposΓ©.

Full column

2. 🏒 Key Bridge Marriott's fate

Authorities block off the Key Bridge Marriott hotel on March 24, 2023. Photo: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/The Washington Post via Getty Images

It appears that the former Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn is headed toward demolition.

Why it matters: The future of the now-vacant Rosslyn property β€” which sits at a prominent location near the Key Bridge overlooking the Potomac β€” has been the subject of much discussion, especially after a string of trespassing incidents and a fire.

Driving the news: Arlington County issued a Notice of Unsafe Structure May 17 declaring the building a "public nuisance" due to "dangerous," "unsafe" and "unsanitary conditions," per a copy of the notice shared with Axios.

  • The county ordered the property owner to secure the building against entry and begin the process of razing it.

The site's owners must apply for demolition permits and secure a contractor within 90 days of May 17, begin demolition work within 270 days, and have the building razed within 450 days, as outlined in the notice.

  • If the owners fail to meet that timeline, the county will take on razing the building itself.

Keep reading.

3. Inside the guilty verdict

First lady Jill Biden, Hunter Biden, and his wife Melissa Cohen Biden leaving the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building yesterday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Hunter Biden was found guilty on all charges yesterday in his federal gun trial, making him the first child of a sitting president to be convicted of a crime.

  • He now faces possible prison, as his father seeks reelection.

The big picture: The trial has taken a heavy emotional toll on the close-knit Biden family, airing intimate details and including testimony from Hunter's eldest daughter and former romantic partners.

Catch up quick: Many of the prosecution's witnesses offered testimony that appeared designed to make the jury question Hunter's character.

  • Kathleen Buhle, Hunter's ex-wife, testified that she regularly cleaned out his car after they divorced in 2017 because her daughters would borrow it and she didn't want them driving in a car that contained drugs.

In the most dramatic moment of the trial, Hunter's lawyer Abbe Lowell called Hunter's eldest daughter Naomi to the stand to vouch that her dad had been in a period of sobriety.

  • Hunter, who pleaded not guilty, ultimately did not testify in his own defense.

Keep reading.

4. Around the Beltway: πŸ₯΅ It's gonna be hot

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

πŸ‘€ A proposed downtown D.C. club that will likely have nude dancing successfully overcame a challenge to its liquor license spearheaded by protesters including JPMorgan Chase, which has a headquarters near the site. (Washington Business Journal)

🐘 Former President Trump will huddle with congressional Republicans during a visit to D.C. tomorrow. This comes as Trump is plotting with House Speaker Mike Johnson to hit the ground running with a Republican policy agenda if he retakes the White House. (Axios)

πŸ”₯ A long stretch of unseasonably hot weather could kick off in D.C. next week, with the possibility of the city hitting 100 degrees for the first time since 2016. (Washington Post)

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5. 🎸 HFStival returns

Fans crowd surf at HFStival in 2004. Photo: David S. Holloway/Getty Images

The '90s are back, and so is HFStival β€” a legendary D.C. alt-rock concert that's being revived at Nationals Park in September with artists like The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, Incubus, and Violent Femmes.

Flashback: Progressive rock station WHFS launched the festival from "high atop the Triangle Towers" in Bethesda in 1990. Massive concerts ran at different venues, including RFK, through 2006.

The latest: I.M.P (9:30 Club, Merriweather et al.) is bringing back the "one day, one stage" festival on Saturday, Sept. 21.

How to get tickets

πŸ–οΈ Anna is heading to Kramer's later for a good beach read. Send recs!

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Cuneyt is watching a journalism documentary about the time Will Lewis' Telegraph newspaper investigated parliamentary expenses.

πŸ“– Mimi is excited to read the new book "Margo's Got Money Troubles."

Today's newsletter was edited by Alexa Mencia and copy edited by Patricia Guadalupe.