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Happy Tuesday, D.C., and welcome to a new round of water woes. Folks are still concerned about how the District’s boil water advisory played out, a Dupont fountain went mysteriously red on Monday morning, and there’s been no measurable rainfall in the city in the first two weeks of July––a new record. Most public pools have since reopened.


  • After a week of ICE activity in D.C. saw several immigrants detained, some of them indiscriminately, according to advocates, hundreds gathered in Columbia Heights last night to protest ICE activity in D.C.

  • Transportation officials are making changes to an intersection at M Street NW and New Hampshire Avenue after a cyclist was struck and killed this month. The District’s transportation department said it will remove four parking spaces near the intersection and widen the existing sidewalk.

  • Metro responded to tension with its largest union on Monday, one day after the union voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. “The Authority does not want customers to suffer from additional service interruptions,” Metro said in a statement on Monday afternoon. “Dialogue is ongoing between Management and Union officials to identify common ground on these matters, while keeping Metro safe, reliable and affordable for the region.”

  • Two hundred and thirty four arrests, but no convictions. After juries at D.C. Superior Court failed to find any of the Inauguration Day protesters guilty, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newshamreportedly wants to change the city’s rioting laws to make it easier to convict those crimes.


  • Missed Roosevelt Island connection: “I think we had a nice vibe going on Roosevelt Island earlier this evening. I would say it was after 6, but before 7. You wore a pale orange t-shirt, charcoal-colored shorts, flip flops or sandals, and were carrying a backpack. We eyed each other several times but neither of us ended up making a move.” [craigslist]

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

  • Eleanor Holmes Norton responds to reports that ICE agents have indiscriminately rounded up and detained Latinx residents in D.C. [Twitter]

  • Behind Forbes’ alleged proclamation that Yards Park is one of the world’s coolest neighborhoods. [WCP]

  • The organization leading the push for Initiative 77 has threatened backlash against Councilmembers in favor of overturning it, but Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd isn’t opposed to the challenge. [WTOP]

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

  • Famed choir director Joyce Garrett showcases the choir legacy of Eastern High School at Fort Washington’s The National Church of God. [AFRO]

  • Watch a new music video from D.C.’s Champion Sound Band. [BYT]

  • For Wolf Trap and The Phillips Collection’s new collaboration, young opera singers find inspiration in art. [Georgetowner]

  • In honor of the MLB All Star Game, local artist Larry Saxton highlights the contributions of African Americans to baseball. [Washington Informer]

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

  • Francophiles: Union Market is getting a petite taste of Paris. [WCP]

  • Shaw loses its muffin shop. [Washingtonian]

  • This Navy Yard beer garden is small but mighty. [Post]

  • Eater national critic makes a bold claim about California dining. [Eater]

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

  • A D.C. judge orders real estate firm CityPartners to pay nearly $900,000 in abatement fees for a dilapidated group of Congress Heights apartment buildings. [WCP]

  • The Department of General Services tells Ward 1 CouncilmemberBrianne Nadeau that Ward 8’s D.C. General replacement shelter will face further delays. [Twitter]

  • A Shaw resident is suing D.C. over due process violations from the Board of Zoning Adjustment. [Twitter]

  • New plans for one of D.C.’s triangular lots. [Urban Turf]

  • Churches serve as temporary housing during the homelessness crisis. [Post]

  • A heartwarming tale about pre-schoolers, a very large tree, and human kindness. [Post]

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

  • Of all the celebrities at Sunday night’s MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrities Softball Game, Bill Nye received by far the loudest cheers. “I grew up in Washington, I was a Senators fan,” he says. “That’s why I used to be taller, but as a Senators fan we were beaten down. I kid because I love. [WCP]

  • Everyone has a baseball story. Just ask City Paper reporter Matt Cohen’s dad, Merrill, who attended the 1969 MLB All-Star Game, the last time the Midsummer Classic was in D.C. [WCP]

  • The Nationals ended their partnership with Papa John’s Pizza after the chain’s owner said the N-word on a May conference call. Monumental Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Washington Wizards, Capitals, and Mystics, is “assessing our relationship with the company,” business operations president Jim Van Stone said in a statement, according to NBC4.


  • At the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the top students from Mikva Challenge’s Soapbox Nation Initiative deliver speeches about the pressing issues in their lives and in the lives of their community members. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

  • Dance company DanceArtTheater presents Through the Wall, a meditation on humanity showcased through dance, music, and storytelling, at Christ United Methodist Church. 5 p.m. at 900 4th St. SW. $17.

  • Added Color, a Brazilian/American rock band from Brooklyn, perform at Songbyrd Music House. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. Free.

  • ANC 4D meets at 6:30 p.m. 5200 2nd St. NW.

  • ANC 3F meets at 7:30 p.m. 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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