It’s going to be muggy and wet today, and still pretty hot. Too hot for this Christmas tree, which looks like it’s three seconds away from becoming kindling, to sit outside.


  • The city is in an uproar over Smithsonian’s proposal to phase in security checkpoints across entrances to the National Zoological Park, while reducing entry points from 13 to three.

    • “These security checkpoints would consist of permanent pavilions, each with several controlled guard posts, security screening magnetometers and areas for bag searches comparable to the security provided at Smithsonian museums on the National Mall,” Smithsonian’s submission to the National Capital Planning Commission reads.

    • The National Zoo is currently the only Smithsonian institution without permanent security.

  • Mei Xiang, the Zoo’s giant panda, is not, in fact, pregnant.

  • New regulations for home-sharing sites like Airbnb took effect this week in Montgomery and Loudoun Counties. The laws allow the primary owner of an apartment or house to rent out the space for periods just shy of a month at a time.

  • Newsrooms across the country held a moment of silence on Thursday for the victims of a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland last week.


  • Here’s where to find a cooling center if you see someone in need of help during this heat emergency.

  • Missed connection: “I’m so sorry! I was busy looking for these two guys while working. I was starting to creep out when you came running around the corner with your dog. If I had the chance I would have apologized in person. I later saw you again and waved but you were running in the opposite direction. I’d love to apologize over a cup of coffee. [craigslist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips?

  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s partner Ana Harvey gets carjacked. [Fox5]

  • D.C. Council judiciary committee to host public roundtable on policing in Wards 7 and 8. [Twitter]

  • The Council could rename part of U Street NW after Ben’s Chili Bowl. [WTOP]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • ICYMI: Dinosaurs live in the strange and wonderful world artist Mark Cline built in central Virginia. [WCP]

  • If you could only see five museum exhibitions in D.C. this summer, make it these ones. [Post]

  • This week’s can’t-miss jazz shows, drummers edition. [WCP]

  • Everything you need to know about this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, which kicks off Saturday. [Post]

  • Film review: Leave No Trace is a quietly intense drama about life off the grid. [WCP]

  • Film review, pt. 2: Sorry to Bother You is weird and wild and you should go see it. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • D.C. Attorney General brings a wage theft lawsuit against Turning Natural. [WCP]

  • Arlington’s newish Filipino restaurant may be in jeopardy. [Eater]

  • H Street NE gets another pizza place. [PoPville]

  • Drool over these dishes at San Lorenzo. [Washingtonian]

  • This new organization wants to help D.C. restaurants go kosher. [DCist]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White circulates an emergency bill this to stop abatement and demolition on any part of the DC General campus until homeless shelters in Wards 4, 7, and 8 open. [Twitter]

  • Residents of a luxury H Street NE apartment building go mano-a-mano with the short term guests they say are (illegally) staying there. “There are interns launching fireworks off the roof. Not, like, firecrackers,” one resident tells City Paper, “but mortar boxes. It’s like these drunk interns have never been on their own before.”

  • The Dupont Circle Citizens Association and CAS Riegler come to an agreement over the redevelopment of St. Thomas’ Parish. [Twitter]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • Sports links will return on July 9.



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