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Good morning. This week’s baby animal story is not courtesy of the zoo. One baby duckling born to a mom who nested outside a federal building has survived.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Here’s one example of what it’s like to teach and learn in a tech shortage: Garrison Elementary School in Ward 2 had more laptops than students and staff, data obtained by City Paper through a Freedom of Information Act request show, while Randle Highlands Elementary in Ward 7 had less than one laptop per every 13 students and staff. The data show, too, that the poorest-resourced schools reported having less than one desktop for every 20 students and staff.

  • Volunteers affiliated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will spend four days in D.C. and Baltimore this month to map the cities’ “heat islands”––neighborhoods that, for architectural reasons, are prone to trap heat more readily during the summer. “Data collected by the teams of volunteer drivers will enable the scientists to generate very detailed maps of temperatures across both cities at three different times of day: 6:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm,” NOAA said.

  • City officials may hate Initiative 77, but that doesn’t mean they want Congress swooping in to repeal it––which is exactly what two Republican representatives are trying to do. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Gary Palmer (R-AL) introduced budget riders that would effectively overturn D.C. voters’ decision to eliminate the tipped minimum wage. In a statement, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton chided the effort, saying that the issue “should be decided solely by D.C., not unaccountable members of Congress trying to interfere in the District’s local affairs.”

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

  • Missed connection: “Exhausted after riding my bike up Wisconsin Ave, we crossed paths and I was not in the right frame of mind to focus on closing our conversation thought I kicked myself for not introducing myself. …” [craigslist]

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

  • Ride-hailing companies could get lower taxes on shared rides under a new bill. [WCP]

  • Post editorial board: Taxing Uber and Lyft to fund Metro makes common sense. [Post]

  • D.C. Council withdraws emergency bill to regulate amplified noise and busking. [WCP]

  • The case for why the feds’ plan to securitize the National Zoo is balderdash. [CityLab]

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

  • How Arlington filmmaker Via Bia ended up with a short film on HBO Latino. [DCist]

  • Ever wonder how a ’90s cover band ended up being one of the most popular bands in D.C.? Me too. [Post]

  • Theater Alliance artistic director Colin Hovde will step down after next season. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Film review time! Part 1: The King introduces a poor metaphor for America. [WCP]

  • Film review time! Part 2: Under the Tree is an Icelandic family drama that strives to find comedy in discomfort. [WCP]

  • Oh hell yeah. [DCist]

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

  • Four new restaurants to indulge in pasta in D.C. [WCP]

  • Food = politics. Politics = food. [Washingtonian]

  • Devour free food at the new Po Boy Jim’s location in Shaw this weekend. [PoPville]

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

  • Ward 8’s Trayon White pushed to delay D.C. General’s closure, until he didn’t. [WCP]

  • Barry Farm residents say they’re faced with choosing whether to engage in a roundtable about the project’s future, or attend an information session about housing vouchers. [WCP]

  • Adams Morgan residents argue about the future of the neighborhood. [GGW]

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

  • The MLB All-Star Game will be on Tuesday, July 17, but more importantly, the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game will take place two days prior, featuring the likes of John Wall, Josh Norman, and D.C. native Bill Nye. D.C. may not have the glitz and glamour of other host cities, but there are still plenty of celebrities with D.C. connections. Meet City Paper’s celebrity dream team. [WCP]

  • Recapping the winners and losers of D.C. sports in the past week: The Mystics, led by record-setting coach Mike Thibault and leading scorer Elena Delle Donne represent the good, while the D.C. pro soccer teams aren’t exactly providing the on-field highlights. [WCP]

  • Despite his recent record, Trea Turner will not be playing in the All-Star game after finishing fourth in the Final Vote ballot. [Yahoo]

HAPPENING TODAY

  • Pop-singing Japanese hologram Hatsune Miku performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $50–$155.

  • The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre performs Damned If You Do, a look into how seemingly innocuous choices change your life, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.8 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. $20–$75.

  • Finish that fiction, nonfiction, or poetry book you’re working on—with the support of a library associate—at Northeast Library’s official Writing Group.6:30 p.m. at 330 7th St. NE. Free.

  • ANC 1B meets at 6:30 p.m. 815 Florida Ave. NW.

  • ANC 6A meets at 7:00 p.m. 601 15th St. NE.

  • ANC 3B meets at 7:00 p.m.4000 Calvert St. NW.

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