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D.C. public schools are reporting a significant reduction in suspensions, but an investigation finds that schools are just pushing suspensions off the books, not allowing some students to enter the buildings without officially recording the disciplinary actions. DCPS counters that it’s addressing conflicts in school with “restorative justice” practices.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • Two Truxton Circle row houses were ablaze early this morning. [Post]

  • An Adams Morgan fire displaced eight overnight. Two firefighters are injured. [ABC7]

  • D.C. police seized 72,000 illegal fireworks this year, up from 11,000 last year. [NBC4]

  • GW surpasses goal to raise $1 billion in five years. [WBJ]

  • Hot with a chance of afternoon showers. Extreme heat wave begins tomorrow. [ABC7]

  • New startup, The Mentor Method, aims to increase workplace diversity. [WBJ]

  • Kirk Cousins will play a second season on the franchise tag. [NBC4]

  • Drivers are testing time-saving HOT lanes on I-66. [Post]

  • Virginia may test self-driving cars on I-95 and I-495. [NBC4]

  • Arlington building up for demolition is home to 70,000 bees. [Post]

  • Secret Service worker pleads guilty to pocketing real bills, not just counterfeits. [Post]

  • Motorist crashes into Capitol Police car and barrier, injuring an officer. [NBC4]

  • A 14-year-old girl has been missing from Northeast for 15 days. [WUSA9]

  • More recently a boy, 14, and a girl, 12, have also gone missing. [WUSA9, WUSA9]

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

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

  • Coast Guard: Potomac access limited when Trump plays golf. [Post, Washingtonian]

  • Assisted suicide is legal in D.C., until it isn’t. [Post]

  • Metro’s “tap in, tap out” policy offers riders fare relief. [WAMU]

  • D.C. suburbs are some of the country’s richest counties. [DCist]

  • Fourteen states, and the District, impose estate taxes. [Tax Foundation]

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

  • Check out photos from Sweetgreen’s Sweetlife Block Party. [DC Music Download]

  • How D.C. artist Leticia Santos finds artistic inspiration among the geometry of the city’s row houses. [DCist]

  • 50 year of Merriweather Post Pavilion. [BYT]

  • At The Mansion at Strathmore, photo-like drawings and a piquant exhibit on the human body. [WCP]

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

  • This photographer shoots life on the Chesapeake Bay when it matters the most. [WCP]

  • Chefs are taking regular food and making it fancy for one-percenters. [Post]

  • The region’s best affordable Korean, Indian, Ethiopian, and more. [Washingtonian]

  • Neighborhood pub Across The Pond opens in Dupont. [PoPville]

  • Get to work: 10 dishes to try right now. [Zagat]

  • What “Southern” restaurants get wrong across the country. [Eater]

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

  • Four-bedroom single-family home priced at $399,999 up for grabs in Deanwood. [Post]

  • Nonprofit helps low- and middle-income black families buy houses in the District. [Post]

  • Meanwhile, a new report concludes D.C. is bad for first-time homebuyers. [Curbed DC]

  • But the District could get a multimillion dollar cricket stadium in the future. [Curbed DC]

  • Study finds median return for homes sold in the District in 2016 was $135K. [UrbanTurf]

  • Barrel-roofed townhouses are a distinctive feature of some homes in Southwest. [GGW]

  • Georgetown isn’t friendly to new projects, but its commercial market is stable. [Bisnow]

  • How residents of a Silver Spring building came together eliminate mold. [WAMU]

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