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Happy Friday. It’s not terribly hot today, but it will be over the weekend.


  • In her first mayoral veto, Muriel Bowseropposed an emergency bill that would have allowed chronically absent high school seniors to graduate. The bill, passed 12-1 by the D.C. Council, was meant to prevent DCPS from relying on unexcused student absences last school year as “the sole reason” not to graduate or promote students. Normally, a two-thirds vote by the Council is enough to override a mayoral veto, but because the Council’s recess ends after schools determine whether remedial students can graduate, the bill appears moot.

  • Two extended hearings on police brutality and violence that lasted nearly all of Thursday grew heated, as residents of some of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods and the councilmembers representing their Wards confronted MPD Chief Peter Newsham. “They provoke us … when I see the police I walk the opposite direction,” one resident testified.

  • Among the bills passed this week by the D.C. Council was a measure to exempt drivers with unpaid tickets or missed court hearings from receiving a suspended license. Over the last eight years, the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles suspended an astounding 126,000 licenses because of unpaid traffic tickets.

  • The National Capital Planning Commission didn’t approve Smithsonian’s proposal for more fencing and security at the National Zoo, deferring the decision until September.


  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture won’t require guests to reserve passes during weekdays in September, an apparent trial run for permanent pass-free visits.

  • In just over a week, two Red Line stations, Rhode Island Ave and Brookland, will shut down for the rest of the summer.

  • Missed Orange Line connection: “You got on at New Carrolton and we sat opposite from each other and made eye contact several times, but you had your earphones in so I didn’t say anything to you. I pulled the ol’ “look in the window reflection” trick and noticed you were checking me out when you thought I wasn’t looking.” [craigslist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Mo money: Moody’s gives D.C. the highest possible financial rating of Aaa. [Post]

  • The police department says it is investigating cops over a questionable search. [DCist]

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to appear on ThePolitics Hour today. [WAMU]

  • The District gets closer to ending license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets. [Post]

  • At-large candidate says “black women need more voices on the [D.C.] Council.” [Afro]

  • Metro is going to sell its longtime downtown headquarters and relocate. [Post, WBJ]

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

  • Rob Rogers, the political cartoonist fired by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette allegedly for his anti-Trump cartoons, will show his work at the Corcoran. [DCist]

  • Artists bemoan gentrification—and how it affects them. [WAMU]

  • On their debut record, Luna Honey goes for brooding minimalism. [WCP]

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

  • Nazirahk Amen grows rice in Maryland and doesn’t need a paddy to do it. [WCP]

  • Himitsu launches a Monday supper club on Aug. 6 that takes reservations. [WCP]

  • Isn’t the point of Sweetgreen that they make the salad for you? [Washingtonian]

  • Give Sweet Sosumba Jamaican Vegan Cafe a try. [PoPville]

  • What to expect from José Andrés at Audi Field. [Eater]

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

  • Anita Bonds held an hours-long roundtable today to discuss the future of Barry Farm with residents and the officials overseeing its redevelopment. [Twitter]

  • The nightmarish scenario residents face when living next to a vacant or blighted property. [DCist]

  • Neighborhoods across Northwest and Northeast experienced water outages Thursday night, though DC Water reportedly restored service by 10:30 p.m. [NBC4]

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

  • All around the city—in the windows of restaurants, on the side of Metro buses, and on top of lampposts—are reminders that this has been no ordinary summer for D.C. sports. Starting today, D.C. welcomes another big sporting event into town: the MLB All-Star Week, which culminates in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 17. [WCP]

  • Naomi Osaka could be the next big thing in tennis. The 20-year-old has been called the “coolest thing in tennis,” and recently, W Magazine compared Osaka and her older sister, Mari, to none other than Serena and Venus Williams. Both Osaka and Venus will be playing at some point this summer for the Washington Kastles, whose first home match will be Monday.

  • A new mural next to Ben’s Chili Bowl honors two Negro League baseball pioneers: Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Josh Gibson. [NBC4]



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