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Man, it’s a hot one (one might even say it’s … like seven inches from the midday sun). Pay close attention to the D.C. Council’s legislative meeting this morning, where members will debate and vote on a series of contentious, last-minute measures on eviction proceedings, Initiative 77, D.C. General, and noise restrictions, to name a few. It’s the Council’s last scheduled legislative meeting before its recess begins next week.


  • Audi Field will make its much-anticipated debut on Saturday and hundreds, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, were on site for the ribbon cutting on Monday. 

  • Will the D.C. Council kill Initiative 77, which raises the tipped minimum wage? Council Chairman Phil Mendelson wants to. On Monday, news broke that Mendo plans to introduce a bill during today’s legislative meeting to repeal 77, which voters passed in June 55 percent to 45 percent. But some councilmembers say they’d be open to tweak, not repeal, 77. Opponents of the measure rallied at the Wilson Building on Monday in support of the Council’s effort to repeal it.

  • The state of Virginia, along with the federal government, filed a joint lawsuit against the company responsible for manufacturing concrete panels for a section of the Metro’s Silver Line. The panels were found to be defective, and the plaintiffs argue that the company, Universal Concrete Products, “knowingly provided [panels] that did not meet contract specifications, skirted quality-control requirements, and then falsified records attesting to the panels’ quality,” the Post reports.


  • Missed connection in Van Ness: “You: A man’s man wearing shorts and a white T that said ‘White Hot’. [craigslist]

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

  • Council will vote on an emergency bill that regulates amplified noise. [DCist]

  • Council candidate Ed Lazere is leading the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute again. [WCP]

  • The D.C. Board of Elections is giving out nomination petitions for ANC races. [WCP]

  • National Zoo security plans draw scrutiny from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. [WBJ]

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

  • D.C.-area writer Elizabeth Ballou is organizing a local book drive for kids separated from their parents at the border. [DCist]

  • You’ve heard the soundtrack, but take a peek at what WETA’s Washington in the ’90s is all about. [Washington]

  • Meanwhile, another new documentary, What Happened 2 Chocolate City, explores displaced Washingtonians. [Washington Informer]

  • Disco is apparently not dead, as this new festival music festival coming to D.C., Blisspop, proves. [DCist]

  • How the Smithsonian Folklife Festival resurrected a local women’s festival from the ’80s. [WCP]

  • D.C. is now home to the first-ever museum dedicated to HBUCs. [Washington Informer]

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

  • New legislation would make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores to donate food. [WCP]

  • How long-time D.C. bartender Sambonn Lek supports schools in Cambodia. [NYT]

  • Steve Salis to take over Chevy Chase’s American City Diner. [Washingtonian]

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl may get its very own street name. [DCist]

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

  • A fire that began on the porch of a rowhouse displaced a family of five in Columbia Heights. [WTOP]

  • One man’s trash is another farmer’s fertilizer. [WAMU]

  • The Council may consider legislation to postpone the closure of D.C. General. [Post]

  • It will also hold a hearing on a blighted property bill this Thursday. [Urban Turf]

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

  • The MLB All-Star Game rosters were announced Sunday evening and three Nationals players will be representing the team on July 17 at Nationals Park. They are outfielder Bryce Harper, ace Max Scherzer, and closer Sean Doolittle. Trea Turner, last week’s comeback hero against the Miami Marlins, was snubbed but has a chance to get on the team through the All-Star Final Vote Ballot. [MASN]

  • Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka will return to D.C. to play in the Citi Open this summer. “With all the excitement of our Washington Capitals bringing the Stanley Cup home, we know our D.C. sports family will enthusiastically welcome another famous Stan to town,” tournament director Keely O’Brien said. [Citi Open]

  • Mystics guard and former Maryland standout Kristi Toliver is hoping to one day become a coach—perhaps in the NBA. So she hopped on a red-eye flight and helped coach the Wizards’ summer league team in Las Vegas. [Post]


  • Iconic folk rock duo Indigo Girls brings a night of acoustic arrangements to the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$60.

  • Author Caitlin Moran discusses her latest novel, How to Be Famous, about a teenager who enters the public eye and experiences the downsides of fame, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.

  • The National Museum of American History opens Special Olympics at 50, a new exhibition chronicling the history of Special Olympics through five case studies, including Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the organization. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

  • ANC 6B meets at 7:00 p.m. 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

  • ANC 8A meets at 7:00 p.m. 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

  • ANC 5D also meets at 7:00 p.m. 371 Morse St. NE.

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