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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has apparently disguised a human to look like a car seat. This person has been driving a van around Arlington. The goal is to gauge reactions to driverless cars.


  • D.C. has a vision for a citywide composting program. [Post]

  • Speeding cameras on the Beltway are now issuing tickets. [NBC4]

  • Your step-by-step guide to enjoying the solar eclipse on August 21. [WAMU]

  • Expect very nice weather tomorrow and Thursday. [ABC7, Post]

  • Residents are recovering from severe storm damage and what may have been a tornado in Salisbury, Md. [ABC7]

  • D.C. kids learn to manage asthma at Camp Breathe Happy in Maryland. [WAMU]

  • Trial begins in 2012 bus stop slaying of a young transgender woman. [Post]

  • D.C. firefighters organize a breakfast benefit for an injured colleague. [WUSA9]

  • Baltimore trains five women to become doulas in an effort to decrease infant mortality. [Post]


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

  • Despite departmental shakeup, Metro track inspections lag. [WAMU]

  • A Metro safety survey in a penny jar. [WUSA9]

  • District heat islands, mapped. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • Simmons: NAACP is off-base in its attack on charter schools. [Times]

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

  • Listen to Virginia rapper NKO’s newest track “Buggy Buggy.” [DC Music Download]

  • In the ’60s, Fooman Zybar was D.C.’s premiere drug advice columnist. Believe it or not, he’s still around and kicking. [Washingtonian]

  • There’s an eclipse coming. Here’s what it’ll look like in D.C. [DCist]

  • Meet Loide Jorge, the D.C. immigration lawyer and jazz singer who gives a voice to immigrants’ stories. [WAMU]

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

  • Tom Sietsema’ssalute to dishwashers everywhere. [Post]

  • Restaurateur going into Trump hotel is still trying to win D.C. over. [Eater]

  • D.C. has several secret gardens for eating and drinking. [Zagat]

  • Nineteen places to try gazpacho this summer. [DC Refined]

  • Underrated and overrated nigiri sushi according to sushi chefs. [Thrillist]

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

  • How the D.C. Trump hotel became a de facto annex of the current White House. [Post]

  • Trump senior policy adviser and anti-globalist Stephen Miller lives in…CityCenter. [Post]

  • The District begins implementing solar power program for low-income residents. [Post]

  • Some stats to consider if you’re thinking about buying a home in the D.C. region. [Post]

  • New house in Southeast’s Hillcrest neighborhood sells for record $925,000. [UrbanTurf]

  • Revealed: New owners of a $6 million parcel next to French ambassador’s home. [WBJ]

  • You can buy a three-bedroom condo with a terrace in Shaw for $1.6 million. [Curbed DC]

  • The five most expensive housing rentals on the market today in the District. [Curbed DC]

  • Possibilities for how contested Adams Morgan redevelopment could be resolved. [GGW]

  • More on Whitman-Walker Health’s plans to redevelop a 14th Street NW property. [ABC7]

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