Tonight you can dance, listen to salsa, and watch Jurassic Park on the lawn of the Library of Congress—a little something for everyone! 


At-Large Councilmember David Grosso and Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced bills that would legalize recreational marijuana in D.C. But it’s unclear whether they adequately address the discriminatory impact of the War on Drugs.     

“Where the bills differ, they differ on policies that could shape the legacy of the War on Drugs in D.C. for years to come: on what will happen to the criminal records of people arrested for marijuana, and whether the people harmed most by the criminalization of drugs will go to the front of the line in the new industry or be actively kept out of it,” writesJoshua Kaplan, in this week’s City Paper cover story.  

It’s complicated stuff and advocates are debating it in real time. Thankfully, Kaplan breaks it down for readers.   

One more thing! City Paper’s “You Are So D.C. If…” contest is back, where we ask readers to complete the following sentence: You are so D.C. if _______. Here’s how you can participate:  

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  • “Black hair and the places we go to get it done are so often sacred, sites of both joy and trauma” — the latest in our summer pop-up column, Mumble Sauce. [WCP]

  • Not everyone is happy about the Wawa locations moving into the city, especially local businesses. [WCP]

  • Jascha Wilson, 29, of Southeast died of injuries sustained in a Tuesday hit-and-run on North Capitol Street. So far this year, the city has had 15 traffic-related fatalities. [Post

  • K2 (or synthetic marijuana) overdoses are likely to surpass last year’s count. [WAMU

  • It’s not clear if a Capitol Hill charter school will open in time for the new school year due to a fire that damaged its building Tuesday night. [DCist

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips?

  • The Trump-appointed U.S. attorney for D.C. is waging a campaign against the Council’s sentencing reforms for youthful violent offenders. [WCP]

  • In the past year, U.S. Park Police have arrested 26 gay men in Malcolm X Park, at least some of whom were targets of undercover stings. [Blade]

  • Trump’s administration defends a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children it wants to open in D.C. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • The top 15 places to grab an affordable meal in D.C. and the burbs [Washingtonian]

  • What if restaurants had to stop using the term “Taco Tuesday?” [Eater]

  • If cannabis restaurants were to become a possibility, what would they look like? [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips?

  • D.C.’s boutique hotels sure love radio. [DCist]

  • New D.C. Latin marketplace, La Cosecha, is throwing a free concert and block party to celebrate its opening. [Washingtonian]

  • Satirical website roasts Takoma Park. [WAMU]

  • What is up with TV-head man? [Post]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • The Mystics’ two Belgian players,Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh, defied the odds to reach the WNBA. [WCP]

  • Ted Leonsis turned to President Barack Obama—and 77 other people—for advice before creating the new Monumental Basketball organization. [Post]

  • Former Wizards All-Star Antawn Jamison is returning to D.C. as the Wizards’ director of pro personnel. [ESPN]

  • Max Scherzer wants to pitch again. Now. [AP]

  • Washington running back Derrius Guice hasn’t been cleared for full contact and won’t play in tonight’s preseason game against the Bengals. [CBS Sports]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips?

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