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Happy Wednesday, D.C. Expect a sunny, summery day with temperatures touching 90.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Councilmember Jack Evans wants you to hear him out. In his first public statements since federal agents raided his home, Evans said he is confident the Council will not vote to take punitive action against him when they hear his side of the story. Evans will get his chance next Tuesday, July 2.

  • Today, the Council will hear from the public about the Evans-backed, sole-source sports gambling contract. In light of his current ethics debacle, critics question whether the Council should move forward with a vote while Evans is under investigation.

  • Nats closer Sean Doolittle has a markedly different stance on the minor league baseball system than teammate Adam Eaton. “I don’t think it’s the best way to do things,” Doolittle told 106.7 The Fan. 

  • Former special counsel Robert Muellerwill testify before a House committee July 17 following a subpoena. 

  • The Council approved a housing contract worth millions despite a D.C. Auditor report raising concerns about the developer’s low bidding score. Councilmembers Elissa Silverman and Mary Cheh tried unsuccessfully to persuade their colleagues to vote against the contract.

  • Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is thinking about a gubernatorial run. Now that he’s been accused of sexual assault by two women, Fairfax says more people recognize him at the gas station.

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s push for a free Circulator lives on with her Council pal Brandon Todd. [DCist]

  • Speaking of, Bowser and Todd are in Israel with Councilmember Anita Bonds riding in self-driving cars. Neat. [Twitter]

  • Mary Cheh v. electric scooters. [A bill]

  • Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner Paul Trantham was hit by a paintball fired from a moving vehicle. [Post]

  • City Paper owner Mark Ein owns the palatial McClean home where Joe Biden lives. [Post]

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

  • Under Trumpplan, hundreds of thousands of Americans could lose access to food stamps. [Post]

  • Showtime band Granny and the Boys is taking their show to Nando’s. [DCist]

  • Say bye-bye to many of Obama’s favorite burger joints. [Washingtonian]

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

  • The Jefferson Memorial has a mysterious black substance growing on its dome. [WAMU]

  • New documentary Queen of the Capital goes deep with the local drag scene. [Post]

  • Ashley Darby of Real Housewives of Potomac fame launches an athleisure line. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Raptors president Masai Ujiri is staying put in Toronto and not coming to the Wizards after all. [CBS Sports]

  • Brooks Orpik got emotional while talking to reporters after the Caps announced his retirement yesterday. He admitted that he couldn’t walk up or down the stairs after midseason knee surgery. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

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

  • Poet and journalist Eliza Griswold stops by Solid State Books to discuss her book Amity and Prosperity, a suspenseful narrative about the volatile people and politics of a Pennsylvania town. 7 p.m. at 600 H St. NE. Free.

  • The Korean Cultural Center of D.C. presents a contemporary music and dance performance based on Korean traditions from Maholra Dance Company at the Kennedy Center Family Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

  • South Dakota alt rock group The Spill Canvas perform at City Winery. 8 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $18–$25.

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