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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: 

  • Two teens from Burundi’s six-person robotics team fled to Canada. [Post, WUSA9]

  • Attorneys argue history in fight over the future of a plaza in Adams Morgan. [WAMU]

  • Elon Musk says he’ll get you from D.C. to NYC in 29 minutes. [WBJ, NBC4, FOX5]

  • Extreme heat will last through the weekend; chances of thunder showers. [NBC4, Post]

  • Crosswalk and speed bumps installed where 6-year-old boy was hit and killed. [FOX5]

  • Study shows Metro workers are paid the same as their counterparts in other cities. [Post]

  • Remembering the life and legacy of Anacostia activist Theresa Howe Jones. [WAMU]

  • YouTube TV live streaming service is coming to D.C. [WBJ]

  • A shark named Hilton is swimming toward Maryland. He weighs 1,326 pounds. [Post]

  • Maryland employs goats to mow highway medians. [Post]

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

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

  • Judge orders new elections for Metro’s transit union. [Times]

  • Pepco to up grid capacity to keep pace with population growth. [Current]

  • Racine joins state AGs trying to preserve rights for immigrants who arrived as children. [Post]

  • Grosso moves to reform school discipline policies. [Post]

  • Predatory speed trap nets $20 million for the city, annually. [WUSA9]

  • D.C. to test science-based think tank to solve city problems. [WAMU]

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

  • Paperhaus sign with Misra Records, announce new album, and premiere music video for its first single. [Billboard]

  • Humble Fire talk about their new album and how D.C. influences their music. [DC Music Download]

  • D.C. area native comedian Brandon Wardellreturns home for a show at The Kennedy Center. [Washingtonian]

  • Watch Rare Essence perform a Tiny Desk Concert. [NPR Music]

  • Watch Priests tear the house down at Pitchfork Festival. [YouTube]

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

  • To what lengths have you gone to get that perfect Instagram food photo? [WCP]

  • Did you know José Andrés occasionally raps? [Washingtonian]

  • Imm Thaiopens in the former Chao Ku space. [Eater]

  • Dishes you probably haven’t tried at Union Market. [DC Refined]

  • Saints Row Brewing coming to Montgomery County. [Bethesda Mag]

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

  • Could D.C. create more arts space through pop-ups on to-be-developed parcels? [WCP]

  • Gentrification or poor administration? Soccer permits cause neighborhood racket. [DCist]

  • Real estate giants JBG Cos. and Vornado complete merger, start trading stock. [Bisnow]

  • Lobbying firm leases large office space at the Southwest Wharf redevelopment. [Bisnow]

  • Huge mansion in Massachusetts Avenue Heights sells for $14 million, to Morocco. [WBJ]

  • Proposed World War I Memorial, to go in Pershing Park, gets scaled down. [Curbed DC]

  • Transit activists call for H Street NW bus lane and Pennsylvania Avenue bikeway. [GGW]

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