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Another week, another string of brutally hot and humid days.   


  • As the summer heat reaches a fever pitch, many of D.C.’s most vulnerable residents remind us that it’s often low-income residents most affected by, and subject to, sky-high temperatures. While wealthier Washingtonians can afford to live along tree-lined streets with parks and shade, the same isn’t true for many of their counterparts in other areas of the city. “The poor, who often cannot afford air conditioning and are more likely to have medical conditions that are exacerbated by heat, have fewer ways to escape it,” the Post’s Terrence McCoy writes.

  • They don’t call it “Terrible Tuesday” for nothin’. Steel yourself for what experts say will likely be a “shock” of a commute this morning as professionals and students hit the road simultaneously this morning. WTOP has a scary-looking graph of commute times at this point last year, and unfortunately, it won’t get better as the week progresses.

  • Always wanted to check out the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but been unable to snag a ticket (or found that you’re not competent at planning)? For the month of September, the museum is experimenting with ticket-free entry on weekdays. Officials will analyze the entry data at the month’s end to gauge the success of the change.


  • Missed connection: “Alison wonderland concert at echostage, we were in the second row. You were the guy that kept apologizing because he kept bumping into me. You were wearing a blue tie dye shirt and a bandana. I’m the short white girl with long brown hair tied to the side, black lace shorts, and a green tank top.” [craigslist]

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

  • Almost the entire board of directors at Providence Hospital was unceremoniously fired last week. [WCP]

  • A D.C. board won’t penalize a company at the center of a massive lawsuit by the attorney general. [Post]

  • Police made an arrest in relation to the assault on a bus driver, which was captured on cell phone video and went viral last week. [Twitter]

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

  • This boat is BYOB and you have to peddle it yourself. [Washingtonian]

  • What bugs area bartenders. [DC Refined]

  • The value of campus gardens at American universities. [Post]

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

  • At Folger Shakespeare Library, scholars and thespians revive a 1600s blockbuster Macbeth rewrite. [WCP]

  • How D.C. filmmaker Ajani Amiri Thomas is learning from hate. [WCP]

  • The cast and crew of Rainbow Theatre Project’s In The Closet discuss the plays LGBTQ+ themes. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • This year’s National Book Festival broke some records. [Post]

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

  • Advocates petitioned the mayor on Friday to delay the demolition of D.C. General. [Twitter]

  • Another round of charmingly imprudent homes. [WCP]

  • A recent survey indicates about 3/10 cars parked in Capitol Hill are vulnerable to thieves. [Post]

  • Scientists want to find D.C.’s hottest neighborhoods. [WAMU]

  • On the final service of a historic Shaw church. [AFRO]

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

  • The Mystics are officially one game away from making the first WNBA finals in franchise history. Game 5 of the decisive semifinal matchup against the Atlanta Dream is tonight. [WCP]

  • Want to feel inspired? Arlington-based ultrarunner Michael Wardian set the fastest known time on the C&O Canal Towpath this weekend by running 184.5 miles in 36 hours 36 minutes and 3 seconds. [RunWashington]

  • A former offensive coordinator for the local NFL team is featured in this longform story by ESPN’s Sarah Spain. We won’t spoil who or how. You’ll just have to read it. [ESPN]

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

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