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Before the Hum came to D.C., it was born in Britain. It first generated attention in the 1970s, when more than 800 people in Bristol, England, reported hearing a low, droning noise. But no one could find its source.Since then, reports of it have spread—across the country and increasingly the world—with more people coming forward to say that they hear a constant, droning hum.The greater D.C. area, in fact, has the highest concentration of reported hum hearers of any major East Coast city, save for New York. Here, a Takoma Park woman writes about her quest to understand the global auditory phenomenon.


  • Burundi’s teen robotics team missing in D.C., last seen on Tuesday. [NBC4, ABC7, Post]

  • Protesters return to site of May violence outside Turkish ambassador residence. [Times]

  • Couple who adopted 35-pound cat features their big boy in wedding photos. [DCist]

  • Federal appeals court ruling allows for Purple Line construction to begin. [WAMU, Post]

  • Heat advisory in effect, code orange air quality alert for today. It’s hot. [Post, NBC4]

  • Heat wave etiquette: Are flip-flops acceptable at work? [NBC4]

  • Indoor fun: “Mars Day!” celebration at Air and Space Museum starts Friday. [AP]

  • Maryland may expand public needle exchange program to six counties. [Post]

  • Luxury movie theater chain is coming to Gaithersburg. [WBJ

  • Uniqlopop-up scheduled to open downtown for six months. [WBJ]

  • Petula and Kojo discuss fancy hot dogs. [WAMU]

  • Advocates want audit of public school suspensions following Post investigation. [WAMU]

  • National Park Service and the approximately 300 small D.C. parks it maintains. [NBC4]

  • Fight over craps game preceded shootout that hit 1-year-old in Northeast. [WTOP]

  • A 14-year-old boy has gone missing from Southeast D.C. [WUSA9]


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

  • Activists in Wards 7 and 8 are skeptical that an expanded Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs will move the needle. [WCP]

  • Speeding ticket revenue doubles to $100 million. [ABC7]

  • Potomac River bridge project joins list of top area initiatives. [WAMU]

  • College degree requirements for childcare workers create a raft of problems. [Atlantic]

  • DCPS goes to Chinaand visits Bao Bao! [DCist]

  • Hill interns struggle to make ends meet. [WAMU]

  • Trump has ruined these things for D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • Discovery Channel to raise money through “Shark Week.” [WBJ]

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

  • Street Senseartists and local high school students to perform scenes and monologues about the human condition. [Street Sense]

  • Watch a music video for the new Big Hush single “Cough.” [Impose]

  • Need a hand? [DCist]

  • Al Gore attends premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel at Newseum. [ABC7]

  • Rhizome will host a record fair this weekend. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Dacha revises its plans for 14th Street to assuage neighbors’ concerns. [WCP]

  • A day in the life of Federalist Pig’s Rob Sonderman. [Washingtonian]

  • Fabio and Maria Trabocchiclearly aren’t struggling restaurateurs. [WBJ]

  • This D.C. bar has put out a “gentrification” sign. [PoPville

  • Just a beautiful personal essay about ice cream. [Eater]

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

  • Via bankruptcy, Sanford Capital weighs potential buyers for decrepit complex. [WCP]

  • Rents in the D.C. area could drop in the next few years with more housing. [UrbanTurf]

  • Developer submits design changes for 700-unit Poplar Point development. [UrbanTurf]

  • Report finds D.C. region has the greatest share of spare bedrooms in U.S. [UrbanTurf]

  • Five-bedroom Kalorama townhome on the market for more than $3 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Rooftop bar and historic features expected for new Mount Vernon Triangle hotel. [WBJ]

  • On the influence of public art on urban spaces, and the notion of “placemaking.” [GGW]

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