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Don’t panic: The Council withdrew its contentious amplified noise bill on Tuesday. It’s Wednesday and it’s (still) hot, so take your drums and tambourines to the streets.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • On Monday, for the first time in six years, the city had “code red” levels of air pollution, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The air quality particularly affects seniors, children, and those with asthma or heart conditions. Wednesday is expected to be a “code yellow,” or moderate risk, day. Reduce individual pollution by cutting down on electricity use.

  • Even as some restaurants continue to increase the amount of plasticware they buy, others have committed to reducing plastic consumption. Soon, they might not have a choice: Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban businesses from providing customers with plastic straws or stirrers. “The plastic straws are a disaster. They’re everywhere!” Evans said.

  • An independent group that advises law enforcement officers in D.C. published a report this week criticizing the Metropolitan Police Department for its handling of rowdy protestors during Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017. It concluded that some police officers “indiscriminately fired pepper spray and other nonlethal munitions and arrested people not involved in destructive behavior,” the Post reports.

THE BULLETIN:

  • Missed connection: “Trudy, I miss the AOL IM chats/emails we had while you were in college…you know, the ones about …” [craigslist]

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

  • As foretold, several D.C. councilmembers propose upending Initiative 77. [WCP]

  • Council approves data reporting, but not delay, for D.C. General closure. [Post, DCist]

  • Council amends eviction bill to give tenants fewer days to collect possessions. [Times, Twitter]

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

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  • Even the coldest of hearts will warm up when they watch this video of the love story between Granny and the BoysAlice Donahue and Richard Lynch. [DCist]

  • Just look at this all-star cast of D.C. stalwarts talking about life in D.C. in the ’90s. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • How the D.C. nonprofit organization Service Never Sleeps uses art to encourage activism. [AFRO]

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

  • Think you having a winning Jewish deli recipe? Submit it to Call Your Mother. [WCP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser helped this Navy Yard restaurant open before the All-Star Game. [WBJ]

  • A pipe burst at 2 Amy’s and it could take weeks for them to reopen. [PoPville]

  • How are summer interns staying tipsy when the city is so expensive? [Post]

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

  • Is this the fine work of more drunk interns? [PoPville]

  • A rundown of what’s happened with D.C. General since Bowser took office, if you missed a news cycle (or five). [WAMU]

  • And Elissa Silverman introduced a bill requiring LLCs acting as property managers to disclose their owners. [Twitter]

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

  • Basketball analysts have given mixed reviews for the Wizards’ offseason moves, but the most important player on the team, point guard John Wall, likes what the team has done to make its bench deeper. [NBA.com]

  • In a touching video that went viral, the local NFL team’s rookie running back Derrius Guice surprised his mother with a brand new car, a white Jaguar SUV. [NOLA.com]

  • The District is spending $4.5 million on the MLB All-Star Game week that starts July 13 and ends on July 17 with the big game. And while much of the surrounding area in Southwest D.C. is under construction, Mayor Muriel Bowser doesn’t think the city needs any beautification. [WBJ]

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