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It’s still hot. Viral clickbait of the day: A child in Southeast and a Metropolitan Police Department officer have a backflip contest.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Metro blamed a labor union action on July 4 delays in Metro Bus times, the Post reports. It released a statement saying that it’s “doing everything possible to continue to minimize delays to customers, as well as to ensure compliance with WMATA’s collective bargaining agreement, including seeking legal remedies through the courts.”

  • Critics say Bowsershould have started searching for a new public schools chief sooner.

  • 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.”

  • Enter the kingdom of Mark Cline, a sculptor, an illustrator, a magician, and storyteller who calls himself “Barnum of the Blue Ridge.” He’s spent the better part of four decades bringing his fiberglass dreams to life in a few buildings on a lonely stretch of highway.

  • Gear Prudence: Is it ok for bicyclists to wait in the crosswalk? And other cycling etiquette.

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

  • A “post-fireworks fireworks” missed connection: “You are awesome, beautiful. You were at the fireworks in KingsFarm and we talked in Rockville tonight. I had my son with me and we talked next to our parked cars.” [craigslist]

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

  • Letter to the editor: It’s not all doom and gloom for voting in Wards 7 and 8. [Post]

  • Think tank says D.C. should support more “high-road development” rather than tax giveaways. [DC Line]

  • Could at-large hopefuls split the opposition vote against incumbent Elissa Silverman? [Blade]

  • D.C. police find body in the Potomac River. [WUSA9]

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

  • In the ’70s, no one knew what to make of the Maryland art-rock band Entourage. Now, they’re eyeing a comeback. [WCP]

  • Maryland rapper Q Da Fool raps what his mood is. [Post]

  • The National Building Museum’s new summer exhibition is about to bring the house down, er, in. [DCist]

  • WETA’s newest documentary Washington in the ’90s sounds really good. [WCP]

  • On Model Home 2, NappyNappa and Patrick Cain get inside your head. [WCP]

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

  • What does Town’s closing mean for the future of D.C.’s gay nightlife scene? [WCP]

  • A mom took on Scott Pruitt at Teaism. [Washingtonian]

  • David Chang brings his addictive fried chicken to the Capital One Arena. [Post]

  • Georgetown bids goodbye to Simit + Smith. [PoPville]

  • Drinking coffee pays off. [NPR]

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

  • Mendo holds a hearing on three housing bills, grilling DCRA Director Melinda Bolling on the agency’s failures. [DCist]

  • Some fresh real estate finds. [PoPville]

  • Home prices jump 19 percent in Anacostia. [Urban Turf]

  • And Washingtonians continue to fight the development of Poplar Point. [Curbed]

  • First Town––now Cobalt? [PoPville]

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

  • Sports links will return on July 9.

HAPPENING TODAY

  • The DC Moth hosts a Storyslam, an open mic storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute themed story to tell, at the Miracle Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 535 8th St. SE. $10.

  • Suns Cinema screens O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman’s award-winning documentary that chronicles the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, from his time as a football player to his high-profile murder trial. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Free.

  • Country singer Wil Gravatt performs at Pearl Street Warehouse with Americana artist Chris Rentch. 7 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. Free.

  • ANC 6E meets at 6:30 p.m. 1630 7th St. NW.

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