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THE NEWS:

Councilmember Jack Evans’ slow-drip ethics scandal(s) keep drippin’. The most recent development will cost him $20,000.

The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability is fining Evans thousands for using his Council staff and email address to send job applications to legal and lobbying firms. In the emails, Evans explicitly tried to leverage his influence as a public official into private work, City Paper reports. Councilmembers, who earn $140,000 a year, can have other jobs while holding elected office. (FYI: Evans’ plan backfired—none of the firms at the center of the investigation hired him, writes the Post, who was first to report the news.)

But Evans isn’t admitting to any ethical violation despite agreeing to the settlement.

In an email sent to reporters Thursday afternoon after the news broke, his office wrote that Evans is “not admitting any violation of the D.C. Council Code of Conduct, [but] recognizes that these issues needed resolution in order to avoid a protracted and costly dispute resolution process.”

Evans is having a summer: The Council reprimanded him, stripped him of his finance committee chairmanship, and he also lost his chairmanship of and seat on the Metro board due to ethics violations. The Council and feds each have an active investigation into him. Evans has previously said he still intends to run again for Council. But he has drawn five challengers, and hasn’t filed for re-election. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • D.C.’s new public campaign financing system aims to close the gap. [WAMU]

  • Read the full $20,000 settlement agreement between Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and the ethics board. [BEGA]

  • D.C. bars are already applying for sports gambling licenses. [Post]

  • Prince George’s police officer convicted of assaulting a handcuffed homeless man. [NBC]

  • D.C. will now accept medical marijuana cards from other states. [Twitter]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A deeper dive on Stephen Ross and his ties to restaurants. [Eater]

  • What does Wolfgang Puck have to say after opening his latest restaurant at age 70? [Post]

  • Fast-casual Indian restaurant RASA looks to be expanding to Mount Vernon Triangle. [PoPville]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall(tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Read these five great books from local authors. [WCP]

  • Go deep into the world of silk quilts at the National Museum of American History. [WCP]

  • Don’t kill your houseplants. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Another local broadcasting legend is leaving the airwaves. Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, who will turn 85 later this month, announced before last night’s preseason game that he’s stepping away from the local NFL team’s broadcasting booth. [106.7 The Fan]

  • Rose Lavelleis set to make her on-field debut at the Maryland SoccerPlex this Saturday. The World Cup hero has only played for the Spirit twice this season and both were away games. [Twitter]

  • The Mystics started their three-game homestand with a 91-78 win over the Indiana Fever. They will play again this Sunday against the Minnesota Lynx. [Washington Times]

  • Maryland quarterback Lance LeGendre, a freshman, will be profiled on the third season of Netflix’s QB1: Beyond the Lights, to be premiered on August 16.  [247Sports]

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

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