On this dreary Friday, a reminder to buy mosquito repellent and check WTOP’s calendar for school delays. (I’m looking at you, Frederick County.)

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Tampa beat the Caps 4-2 in a very tense game.

  • A D.C. a public charter school employee was arrested this week for sexually abusing students. In Baltimore, a Catholic school faces a class-action lawsuit after a teacher was arrested for sexually abusing a teenage student. The lawsuit also names the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which says it’s not affiliated with the school.

  • Metro will contract an independent safety assessment of over 1,000 concrete panels installed in five Silver Line stations. Allegations recently surfaced that the contractor used unapproved materials for the project, then asked employees to cover it up.

  • This week in City Paper cat content: This is the story of a local business owner who got her start by blogging about cats and sewing, and this is the story of Amani and Barafu, two simple cheetahs in love who built a feline dynasty in Virginia.

  • Monet for nothing and prints for free: Is the Corcoran’s collection distribution the biggest art giveaway in museum history? Or the biggest museum implosion in art history? It’s a matter of perspective.

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

  • Bowser campaign spins D.C. as “fastest improving school district in the nation.” [Twitter]

  • Posteditorial board: Initiative 77 would do more harm than good in restaurants. [Post]

  • How D.C. councilmembers and their challengers stack up on the ballot initiative. [WAMU]

  • Parents at Duke Ellington arts school push back against claims of residency fraud. [Post]

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White leads community walk after youth shooting. [Post]

  • A District police officer was struck by a driver in Northeast on Thursday night. [WUSA9]

  • Should the D.C. Council scuttle higher exemption thresholds for local estate tax? [DCPC]

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

  • Four women of the iconic Howard University Jazz Ensemble talk about their background in music and love of jazz. [Washington Informer]

  • Some of the best art exhibitions in the D.C. area this summer aren’t at Smithsonian museums. Here are five to check out. [Post]

  • Film review: Bye Bye Germany balances drama and humor in portraying post-war Germany. [WCP]

  • Second film review: There is no beauty in the grim fairy tale Beast. [WCP]

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

  • Young & Hungry is away from her desk this week.

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

  • Playtime Project announces it will expand its programs to two emergency overflow shelters for homeless families on New York Avenue. [Twitter]

  • Friendship Place launches a new homelessness prevention initiative. [Street Sense]

  • How’s about we get a piazza in Dupont Circle? [GGW]

  • Is it really the wealthy who are clamoring for D.C.’s luxury apartments? [Urban Turf]

HAPPENING TODAY

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