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

The Washington Literacy Center estimates that 13.4 percent of city residents—some 90,000 adults—are functionally illiterate, unable to read a newspaper, a map, or fill out job applications. Yet “D.C. has never really had a comprehensive or strategic approach to delivering adult education and related services to the majority of those who need them,” says Alex Donahue, deputy director for policy and research at the 21st Century School Fund and a former D.C. Public Schools principal. Which is why public charter schools for adults have stepped in.


  • Heat advisory in effect today: high 90s with heat index up to 105. [ABC7, Post]

  • Graduation rates are up in D.C., but students often enter college unprepared. [Post]

  • A DCPS teacher examines this failure to educate, and offers a solution. [WCP]

  • National Zoo welcomes birth of a baby Sumatran tiger from mom Damai. [WTOP]

  • There is one statue of an African American woman in D.C. Time to diversify? [WAMU]

  • Redevelopment of Whitman-Walker’s Elizabeth Taylor center to begin this fall. [WBJ]

  • 55 layoffs after BET departs D.C. [WBJ]

  • D.C. will try to make dangerous New York Avenue safer for everyone. [NBC4]

  • Texas congressman demands a direct DCA to San Antonio flight. [Post]

  • Inmate manages to save evidence after officer sexually assaults her in her cell. [Post]

  • American flag burned outside World War II vet’s Alexandria home. [NBC4]

  • Russian state media replaces bluegrass on 105.5 FM. [Post]

  • Arlington County Police charge D.C. man for driving an ATV recklessly. [Post]

  • Roosevelt Island reopens after NPS cuts down 200 sick trees. [WAMU]

  • Driving in D.C. is terrible, but San Francisco is even worse. [WTOP]

  • Police arrest driver, 18, for intentionally hitting a transgender pedestrian. [FOX5]

  • Metro looks at homes that quake every time a train passes. [WUSA9]


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

  • A case in point on the insidious nature of developer influence: Buwa Binitie. [WCP]

  • Lawsuit claims D.C. contractor paid workers as little as $3.61 an hour. [WCP]

  • Challenging a study’s conclusion that D.C. is the nation’s worst-run city. [WAMU]

  • Re-upping an old idea: selling station naming rights to raise money for Metro. [Post]

  • And Metro board votes today on overhauling its committee structure. [WAMU]

  • CM Brianne Nadeau proposes delivering baby boxes to all District newborns. [FOX5]

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

  • How the Anacostia Arts Center is becoming a thriving hub for music as well as visual arts. [DC Music Download]

  • George Pelecanos on his fondness for Silver Spring. [Washingtonian]

  • Kendrick Lamar is opening a pop-up shop in Georgetown. [DCist]

  • The March on Washington Film Fest begins July 22. [NBC4]

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

  • What servers’ side hustles say about D.C. [WCP]

  • Taste testing every taco at Spike Mendelsohn’s Capitol Hill newcomer. [Post]

  • D.C.’s best wine bars, including some new arrivals. [DCist]

  • People are upset about Compass Coffee’spours. [PoPville]

  • Where to celebrate Bastille Day in D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • All-day dining is one of the biggest food trends in America. [Eater]

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

  • Big developer JBG Companies plans to move its headquarters to Bethesda. [Bisnow]

  • Meet the millennial D.C. broker who’s closed 43 deals valued at $96 million. [Bisnow]

  • What comes next for the FBI headquarters? No one seems to know. [WAMU]

  • Acting head of the federal agency responsible for project says he’s optimistic. [WBJ]

  • More than 900 apartments centered on cultural space planned for Fort Totten. [Post]

  • The District and Maryland lead the U.S. in terms of home-flipping. [Post]

  • Group of councilmembers working on “homeless bill of rights” as law. [Street Sense]

  • Usual concerns about parking and density may impact Petworth development. [GGW]

  • Modern designs slated for planned Union Market building with 134 units. [UrbanTurf]

  • What apartments you can afford in D.C. for up to $3,500 a month. [UrbanTurf]

  • But wait, there’s more: What $4,100 a month in rent can get you in D.C. [Curbed DC]

  • Advocates try to bake in more affordability in D.C.’s development plan. [Street Sense]

  • The stunning, art-filled mansion Dumbarton Oaks is open to the public. [Atlas Obscura]

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