LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The D.C. Council stripped Jack Evans of his committee chairmanship. During the final legislative meeting before the summer recess, lawmakers then approved a sole-source contract to operate the District’s lottery and new sports gambling program amid accusations of vote trading and conflicts of interest.

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture architect Phil Freelon died at age 66.

  • After a good run, Society Faircloses in Alexandria.

  • A federal prosecutor in D.C. is under internal investigation for blaming a nonexistent backlog at the D.C. crime lab for the dismissal of drug and gun charges.

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

  • A primer on D.C. Council scandals. [WAMU]

  • D.C. AG sues Marriott. [DCist]

  • Vince Gray rockin’ all black Air Max. [Twitter]

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

  • What you’ll be eating at the Citi Open tennis tournament this year. [WBJ]

  • A stellar review of Stellina Pizzeria. [Post]

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

  • Ugly Betty star Michael Urie plays a part in two major D.C. productions this month. [DCist]

  • Joe Biden brought in lots of money for his two D.C. book tour stops. [Washingtonian]

  • The National Zoo’s young gorilla is ready to take on the world. [Post]

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

  • Washington Spirit’s Rose Lavelle is living her best life and will return to D.C. as the unexpected World Cup hero [WCP]

  • Sports agent Scott Borastells NBC Sports Washington it’s up to the Nationals to determine where talks about Anthony Rendon’scontract situation go from here.

  • John Wall may not be on the court, but his workout Instagram photo is making headlines. [Bullets Forever]

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

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