Heat index values may reach as high as 115 over the weekend. Today through Sunday, expect temperatures in the high 90s to 100 degrees. In other words: Plan a weekend around staying cool. A heat emergency is in effect for the District. Certain pools and splash parks will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and D.C. provides cooling centers throughout the city. If you see someone vomiting or fainting, they may have heat exhaustion. Call 911. 

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • In the first entry of her 10-part summer column about healing in local Black communities, Jordan N. DeLoach details the oppressive heat of the DMV summer. The new column is called “Mumble Sauce.”

  • Che Larracuente has had seizures since kindergarten. At the peak he suffered between 20 and 50 seizures a year, he says. Doctors prescribed at least 12 different medications, he recalls, but he found that marijuana worked. But he picked up three marijuana-related convictions before D.C. voters passed Initiative 71, which legalized marijuana possession of up to two ounces and home-grow operations. Larracuente has sealed two of those cases, and has been fighting, unsuccessfully, to wipe the third. The D.C. Council is currently considering two bills to tax and regulate weed.

  • Eleven-year-old D.C. boy Karon Browndied of gunshot wounds yesterday. 

  • AOC drew a big crowd in Maryland yesterday.

  • GW wants to decrease enrollment. “Better, not bigger,” president Thomas LeBlanc says.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s cousin Keith McDuffie is listed as the chief executive of a company getting a $3 million slice of the sports gambling contract. [Post]

  • Police arrest a man in the death of transgender woman Zoe Spears. [NBC, DCist]

  • Councilmember Jack Evans client EagleBank incurred a few extra legal fees recently. [WBJ]

  • Actually, ANC Anthony Dale isn’t going to run against Councilmember David Grosso. He’s resigning from the ANC as well, for a new job. [Twitter]

  • Seventy Catholics arrested in D.C. for protesting Trump’s immigration policies. [Post]

  • The Sierra Club is calling on all D.C. candidates to use the public campaign financing program. [Sierra Club]

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

  • Sokois a boutique butcher coming to Takoma Park that may try its hand at a tasting menu. [WCP]

  • Mr. Braxton opens in Park View serving CBD cocktails. [DCist]

  • Someone tried KFC’s chicken Cheetos sandwich. [Post]

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

  • The National Air and Space Museum welcomes back Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit after more than a decade. [WCP]

  • This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will feature some absolute bangers. [Post]

  • Playwright and actor Kelvin Roston Jr. chats about Twisted Melodies. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • Go see these Maryland sunflowers before they’re gone. [Washingtonian]

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

  • 15-year-old tennis sensation Coco Gauff will make her first post-Wimbledon appearance at the Citi Open (which is managed by City Paper owner Mark Ein.) It is still unclear whether or not she will play because of rules involving her age and the qualifying draw, but she is scheduled to attend fan events regardless. [Post]

  • Washington Spirit will welcome back its World Cup champions, Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, on Saturday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex. [WJLA]

  • Josh Norman takes issue with other people taking issue with him jumping over a bull in Spain. [Sporting News]

  • Stephen Strasburg had a career night at the plate, hitting his fourth career home run in the third inning against the Braves. [MLB.com]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Emma Sarappo (tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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