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Some happy news on this cool and cloudy Monday: The National Zoo believes giant female panda, Mei Xiang, could be pregnant.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Federal officials nearly shut down the Metro in spring of 2016 because of extensive safety concerns, Washington Postreported this weekend. One top transportation official referred to the rail system as an “ongoing dumpster fire.”

  • A Human Rights Campaign staffer says she was harassed this weekend by an employee at Cuba Libre, who reportedly asked for her identification before she entered the women’s bathroom. The HRC staffer, who is transgender, says she heard the male restaurant employee follow her into the bathroom and knock on each stall looking for her.

  • Dozens of migrant children separated from their families by immigration officials are being held in facilities in the D.C. area, civil rights groups says, and the majority of them “have no contact with their parents.” One attorney calls the facilities “a jail.” “Cinder block walls. Metal toilets. And no privacy.”

THE BULLETIN:

  • Programming changes begin at WAMU today.

  • Join Housing Complex this Thursday, June 28, at the Busboys and Poets on 5th & K Streets NW for a discussion about homelessness in D.C.

  • Missed connection: “You were leaving the BBQ, walking by the beer tent. I was waiting on a customer. Our eyes met you said hi. …” [craigslist]

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

  • Residents question whether Adams Morgan hotel should get sizable tax break. [WCP]

  • What District pols said last week, from primary-night speeches to weird tweets. [WCP]

  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson discusses primary victory, Initiative 77. [Kojo]

  • Postreaders react to the passage of Initiative 77 and low primary-voter turnout. [Post]

  • A man on a motorcycle was shot on a local interstate early Sunday morning. [WTOP]

  • Bowser and other D.C. officials cut ribbon on “meditation garden” in Petworth. [NBC4]

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

  • Good news, pastoral mural enthusiasts: The Natural History Museum’s beloved murals are coming back. [Post]

  • At their record release show on Saturday, Flasher put on quite the show. [Post]

  • Trevor Paglen discusses his new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Maple and feta work together in Mount Pleasant’s hottest eatery. [WCP]

  • NO, not that Red Hen. [Washingtonian]

  • Penn Quarter loses a sandwich shop. [PoPville]

  • The top 50 “foodie” capitals of the world. [WBJ]

  • When women participate in kitchens’ bro culture. [Eater]

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

  • Trump staffers’ neighborhood of choice? Navy Yard. [Politico]

  • The financial challenges associated with building affordable housing, particularly in hot neighborhoods like Adams Morgan. [WBJ]

  • A heartbreaking account of one neighborhood’s request to fix its … potholes. [Post]

  • Another church-to-apartment conversion (maybe) comes to Columbia Heights. [Urban Turf]

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

  • The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman John Carlson to an eight-year, $64 million contract on Sunday. Carlson, who scored 20 points (five goals and 15 assists) in 24 games in the playoffs, was set to become an unrestricted free agent. [USA Today]

  • Re-introducing the Wizards Misery Report: The Washington Wizards have gone from national laughingstock to perennial playoff contender over the last few years, but the team took a step backward after last season’s inconsistent play andinfighting among teammates. And Thursday night’s NBA Draft didn’t make it any better for a fan base used to disappointment. [WCP]

  • Arlington resident and Maryland native Matthew Centrowitz is back on top after struggling with injuries since winning the 1,500-meter Olympic gold medal in Rio two years ago. On Saturday, Centrowitz, who moved to Arlington earlier this year, won the 1,500 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa—his fifth title in the event. [Oregonian]

HAPPENING TODAY

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