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Good morning, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser activated the city’s heat emergency plan for the first time this year yesterday, and the heat will continue with temperatures into the 90s and possible showers in the afternoon.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • On the cover this week: Scenes from Florida Avenue Market, where old school wholesale vendors remain as new businesses and buildings grow around it.

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s fight against slumlords is hampered by the limits of his authority. Where Racine’s power stops, negligent or otherwise shitty landlords continue to exist.

  • Robert Mueller broke his silence yesterday, emphasizing that he did not exonerate Donald Trump, as the president has said. Mueller also says he does not want to testify in front of Congress.

  • Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is suing opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, rather than joining multi-state lawsuits, he says, due to a backlog.

  • Here are five museums you can enjoy free of charge this weekend.

  • A man lit himself on fire near the White House yesterday, according to the U.S. Secret Service. He is in critical condition.

  • The first few days of the Metro shutdown of six stations south of Reagan National Airport are (shocker) not going well.

  • Should you have sex with friends? How do you introduce BDSM? Who is the boss of blowjobs? And other questions from Savage Love Live answered.

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

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  • D.C. Council to consider tax abatements for longtime black-owned establishments: Sankofa Video Books & Cafe and Players Lounge. [DCist]

  • Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers Union, is facing scrutiny for a drunk driving crash earlier this year. She faces a challenger in the June election. [WJLA7, Post]

  • D.C. Council looks to generate revenue with a mansion tax. [DC Line]

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

  • In part two of a two-part series, male bartenders share dating tips and horror stories. [WCP]

  • Rooftop bars at The Wharf, ranked. [Washingtonian]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema gives Nicoletta Italian Kitchen 1.5 stars. [Post]

  • Watch out for fake truffles. [Eater]

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

  • D.C. artist Demont Pinder paints the victims of local violence. [Post]

  • The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center aims to find a permanent home on the Mall. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • Tony-winning costume and set designer Susan Hilferty reveals how she created the world of The Oresteia. [DC Theatre Scene]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin(tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Kennedy Center has 100 days to raise $26 million. [WBJ]

  • A look at the H Street corridor’s housing market. [Urban Turf]

  • Why is Hill East, with a median income of $156,000, a designated opportunity zone? [WBJ]

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

  • Mystics star Natasha Cloud is finding her voice as an activist. She will be one of the featured speakers at today’s Atlantic panel on athlete activism. [WCP]

  • The Wizards don’t have a GM yet, but fans can rest easy knowing that starting next season the team will have the NBA’s largest courtside patio. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • For once, all things went the Nationals’ way in their 14-4 win over the Mets. [MASN]

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

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