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After years of negotiation, political maneuvering, broken promises, and redrawn plans, construction on the Purple Line, the light rail system connecting the Orange, Green, and Red lines in Maryland, could begin in a few weeks. The federal government has agreed to contribute $900 million to the project after a Friday meeting between Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Governor Larry Hogan. Suburban elected officials are thrilled. “Now we can start diggin’ dirt,” says Montgomery County Council president Roger Berliner.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • Everyone loved yesterday’s eclipse, including zoo animals. [NBC4]

  • Timelapse shows how light changed along the Reflecting Pool during eclipse. [WTOP]

  • White teens wear “Make America Great Again” hats to Howard’s campus, and are shocked when Howard students ask them to leave. [DCist]

  • A DC Water sign briefly said “F— Trump” on Beach Drive yesterday. [WTOP, PoPville]

  • Health leaders want more help from D.C. officials in preventing opioid overdoses. [Post]

  • Stay inside today: Temps will reach mid 90s and the heat index will be even hotter. [Post]

  • Meet Joe Tierney, D.C.’s resident marijuana guru. [Washingtonian]

  • NHAAHC acquires Colin Kaepernick items, but still has no plans to include Clarence Thomas. [Times]

  • DCPS parent allegedly misused $25,000 from Lafayette Elementary’s Home and School Association. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Kojo and Co. reflect on the life of Dick Gregory. [WAMU]

  • ICYMI: Safeway siege stupefies city. [Blade]

  • Back to school day for the District’s 90,000 students. [Post]

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

  • The story behind The Cramps’ classic album Bad Music For Bad People and its origin at the old 9:30 Club. [The Vinyl District]

  • More than 300 postcards sent from D.C. are on display at the District Architecture Center’s new exhibition Wish You Were Here! [Post]

  • Art as survival in Honfleur Gallery’s new show Black Magic: AfroPasts/AfroFutures. [DCist]

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

  • At long last D.C. gains a new weekday breakfast spot. With beignets. [WCP]

  • Two men asked to split a sundae and were met with homophobic remarks. [Post]

  • Restaurateur Jeff Black brings all-day cafe Black Coffee to the Palisades. [Washingtonian]

  • A sous vide center in Sterling, Va. attracts visits from world famous chefs. [NoVa Mag]

  • The question you ask after every trip to Whole Foods, answered. [NPR]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Why FedEx opposes a sizable, proposed mixed-use development in Eckington. [GGW]

  • Developer plans more than 600 units of housing near Waterfront Metro stop. [UrbanTurf]

  • Dupont Circle space goes from dentist’s office to two-bedroom condo unit. [UrbanTurf]

  • The kinds of apartments that $3,000 per month can rent you in the District. [Curbed DC]

  • New renderings of what D.C.’s Carnegie Library will look like with an Apple in it. [Twitter]

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