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Happy Monday, D.C. It’ll be sunny with low humidity and temperatures in the 80s.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Local companies with political connections and without much experience in sports gambling are getting a sizable chunk of the $215 million contact to run D.C.’s new sports betting program.

  • D.C.’s public schools are misspending funds intended to help students who are homeless, receive some sort of welfare, or are at least a grade behind.

  • For all the issues surrounding the Line Hotel, including a controversial tax abatement and unpaid contractors, the Daily Beast wonders: Is it sleazier than Trump’s hotel?

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

  • Five councilmembers asked Chairman Phil Mendelson to broadcast and record the meeting where Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans will tell his side of the story. [Twitter]

  • East Potomac Pool will finally open after delays and $2 million over budget. [DC Line]

  • Actually, D.C. does have a bodega culture. [WAMU]

  • Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen gets the Sierra Club’s support to replace Evans on the Metro board. [Sierra Club]

  • Anthony Dale is challenging At-Large Councilmember David Grosso. [DC Line, Twitter]

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

  • Dacha Beer Garden will give you restaurant dining credit for Instagram posts with their #TheNewDacha influencer campaign launching today. [WCP]

  • Chatter from Tony Kornheiser closes. [Eater]

  • Canned coffee is improving. [Post]

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

  • At the Phillips Collection, Ranjani Shettar captivates withEarth Songs for a Night Sky. [WCP]

  • Here’s a brief history of D.C. drag culture. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • Help the Smithsonian Folklife Festival make a music map of D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • The District has shown up in The Handmaid’s Tale. [DCist]

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

  • Michael Wardianhas done it again. The Arlington ultramarathon legend established the Fastest Known Time for an 89-mile loop around the beltway in 17 hours, 54 minutes, and 58 seconds this weekend. Local runner Dan DiFonzo posted a behind-the-scenes video on YouTube showing just how deep into the well Wardian goes to set one of these records. [RunWashington]

  • Anthony Rendon is an MLB All-Star for the first time, and his infamous indifference toward the festivities and media obligations makes it hard to know if he’s joking or not when he says, “I hear it’s no rest, so that’s not a good thing,” after learning about the honor. Ace Max Scherzer will make his seventh straight appearance. [Post]

  • Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are joining forces with the Brooklyn Nets. In D.C., the Wizards have signed Thomas Bryant to a three-year, $25 million deal. [AP

  • It’s well documented that Tommy Sheppard hasn’t been the Wizards first, or even second, choice for their next general manager, but Bullets Forever’s Alan Jenkinsargues that Sheppard has “pushed all of the right buttons so far” in his interim role.

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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