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Happy Friday, D.C. It’s hot and it’s humid, but it’s not rainy––rejoice.


  • Seven Councilmembers sign a letter asking Muriel Bowser to delay the demolition of the D.C. General campus, citing “unacceptably high levels of lead on the exterior walls” of a building on the property. That’s on top of a similar petition, delivered to Bowser by advocacy groups, with signatures from over 1,000 people and dozens of organizations.

  • In these lean times, the National Park Service is considering a proposal that would see protestors paying the agency for the security it provides during protests and rallies. It’s unclear whether charging people for holding those events is constitutional, but at this point, NPS is “just asking the question,” a spokesperson says. “Imposing any more cost on people expressing their First Amendment rights is just going to stop people from doing that, or it’s going to increase the number of unpermitted protests, which can be a concern when you want to keep people safe,” Samantha Miller, an organizer with DC Action Lab, told the Post.

  • Unity Health Care and the Howard University Hospital will jointly open a primary care and specialty clinic in Ward 7 this January, an attempt to respond to the dearth of maternal care in the Eastern part of the city. Wards 7 and 8 have the highest rates of infant mortality in the city; the new clinic will provide access to obstetricians to high-risk patients in the Conway Center on Benning Road NE.


  • Travel planning: Anticipated road closures during the August 12 protests. [DC Police]

  • Data point: D.C.’s latest orthophotograph was captured from an altitude of 3,000 feet.

  • Missed connection: “I took the seat in between you and another rider on the three seat bench and you kindly moved your stuff to accommodate me. You mentioned that you were like water flowing in to take up all the available space. I thought that line was cute and I thought you were lovely. I’m sorry I wasn’t more vocal when you spoke to me or when you said goodbye as you exited at Metro Center.” [craigslist]

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

  • The National Park Service gives white nationalistJason Kessler a permit for Sunday’s Unite the Right rally. [Twitter]

  • Traci Hughes apparently did not submit nominating petitions for an At-Large seat. [Twitter]

  • GW and American tussle over ‘most politically active’ ranking. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Adams Morgan stakeholders want better enforcement to curtail binge drinking and violence. [WCP]

  • Employees say Isabella Eatery is in danger of closing. [Washingtonian]

  • The original Thai X-ing is reopening. [PoPville]

  • How conservatives taunt liberals using food. [Eater]

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

  • Your jazz agenda for the week. [WCP]

  • You want to see some art this month? [Post]

  • There is a ukulele fest, in case you didn’t know and that’s your thing. [Washingtonian]

  • Cool “Disco” Dan in the Wilson Building. [Washington Informer]

  • Film review: Spike Lee‘s BlacKkKlansman is a rare artistic achievement. [WCP]

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

  • Bowser releases a 15-year “progress report” of development on the Anacostia waterfront. [dc.gov]

  • Want to live with a group of six people? Now you can. [PoPville]

  • Old Town Alexandria decides to “embrace the river.” [BisNow]

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

  • Even as interest in the beer mile has waned slightly in recent years, the race still draws crowds. This Saturday, Pacers Running will host its third annual beer mile. [WCP]

  • Predictions for the 53-man roster in the NFL are kind of pointless. So why do media members and fans keep doing them? [WCP]

  • Not only did the local NFL team lose to the New England Patriots, 26-17, after being up at halftime, rookie running back Derrius Guice suffered a knee injury and will have an MRI today. [Sporting News]

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


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