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Happy Monday, D.C. From the look of it, summer is making one last (sad) gasp today with a high of 73. Expect significantly lower temps the rest of the week.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • An Inspector General report published late last week challenges Mayor Muriel Bowser’s claims that she was unaware that ousted D.C. Public Schools chancellor Antwan Wilson circumvented the school lottery system to transfer his daughter to Wilson High School. Wilson testified in the report that he told Bowser about the transfer in September of 2017, months before the transfer was made public and Wilson resigned.

  • Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, who stepped down in the wake of backlash over a Pennsylvania grand jury report implicating him in the coverup of a child sexual abuse. Parishioners attending Mass in D.C. on Sunday alluded to Wuerl’s departure, but did not address it directly.  

  • As ridership across the Metro system continues to decline, concerns mount that WMATA will make cuts to bus services. Metro chief Paul Wiedefeld said last week that ridership won’t increase “in the immediate future, that’s why we’ve got to take a hard look at this … we need to rethink the entire bus system, what role should we play and what role should other people play.” The transit authority is expected to make public its budget for fiscal year 2019 in the coming weeks.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • How race is playing into the “caustic” At-Large campaigns of Elissa Silverman and Dionne Reeder. [Post]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser held a get-out-the-vote rally on Sunday for Reeder’s campaign. [Post]

  • Bowser, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Attorney General Karl Racine could each see a $20,000 bump in their salaries. [WAMU]

  • At least 90 students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts have been cleared of residency fraud. [Post]

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

  • These restaurants and bars will offer deals during DMV Black Restaurant Week. [WCP]

  • Breaking down Primrose’s stand-out seafood dish, poisson rôti. [WCP]

  • Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj buys Restaurant Nora building for a cool $4 million. [WBJ]

  • A food critic went on a frozen pizza taste test quest. [Washingtonian]

  • What’s going on at The Grill from Ipanema. [PoPville]

  • 2 Amy’s is back baby, and just as good. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Behind the scenes of Brookland’s American Poetry Museum. [Post]

  • A neighborhood group is trying to get historic landmark status for the Exorcist steps. [DCist]

  • The case for cassettes. [Washingtonian]

  • Comedian and D.C. native Sampson McCormick had a historic homecoming performing at the African American Museum. [AFRO]

  • In which LeBron James and Drake hung out in a D.C. barbershop for an HBO show. [Washingtonian]

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

  • For sale across D.C.: lots of lots. [WCP]

  • A real whopper of a house going up in Friendship Heights. [PoPville]

  • Homes you can rent for $2,000 in D.C. [Curbed]

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

  • The heat was on Josh Norman all week for his performance on the field. Norman didn’t do much to silence his critics—until Sunday’s win against the Carolina Panthers. [ESPN]

  • Ex-National Gio Gonzalez finally got to play in the National League Championship Series when he started Game 1 for the Milwaukee Brewers. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • D.C. area college football teams had a good day Saturday with Howard, Maryland, and Georgetown all winning their games. [CBS Sports]

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

  • Writer and pianist Vivien Schweitzer speaks about her book A Mad Love: An Introduction to Opera, a chronicle of the history of opera and a guide to understanding the artform, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.

  • British rock band Django Django performs at U Street Music Hall.7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $30.

  • The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage welcomes Zhou Family Band, a group which plays traditional Chinese wind and percussion music. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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