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

Mayor Muriel Bowser and her top appointee, City Administration Rashad Young are rejecting evidence from an investigation led by Councilmember Mary Cheh suggesting that her office engaged in alleged corruption, including contract favoritism of a political donor. She told the Post she plans to do nothing with evidence, in particular, of bid leaks. Meanwhile, the controversy isn’t isolated. Our reporting suggests similar interventions benefited the politically connected contractor for a $100 million D.C. energy program.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: 

  • Jim Graham, former CM and pioneering advocate during AIDS crisis, dies at 71. [WCP]

  • Expect air wet with humidity today. But will the thunderstorms come? [ABC7, Post]

  • Dems win the ballgame and hand over trophy to the Republicans. Crowd roars for injured officer. [FOX5]

  • Here’s a photo slideshow of the game. [WTOP]

  • Large noose found hanging from tree in a Montgomery County neighborhood. [NBC4]

  • Man who brought guns and ammo to Trump Hotel has been arrested again. [ABC7, NBC4]

  • U.S. Capitol Police wants more officers. [NBC4]

  • The new crossing at 14th and Irving Streets NW is based on a 1940s design. [WAMU]

  • Driver dies in an early-morning crash on Benning Road NE. [FOX5]

  • Orange tabby cat needs a new home. He’s 35 pounds. [NBC4, Post]

  • Attorney for D.C. sniper Lee Malvo says a life sentence is unconstitutional. [NBC4]

  • National Park Service wants to open the vast space under the Lincoln Memorial. [WBJ]

  • Music therapy student at Howard wins a scholarship from Beyonce. [WUSA9]

  • Two D.C. teens, a girl of 15 and a boy of 17, are 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)

  • Nothing to see here: Bowser rejects suggestion of bid leaks. [Post]

  • Chehreport points up Ft. Meyer as exemplar of pay-to-play. [WAMU]

  • Tributes to the late Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham. [WCP, ABC7]

  • The wet wipes lobby targets D.C. law regulating them. [Post]

  • Take your guns to town: Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie wants concealed carry reciprocity. [DCist]

  • SafeTrack safety update offers promise of progress. [Times]

  • Along with a moratorium on early openings and late closings. [WAMU]

  • Lose the statute of limitations on sex abuse, Cosby accuser says. [NBC4]

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

  • Flying V theater troupe’sThe Secret History of the Unknown World features low-tech illusions but high impact. [WCP]

  • The National Symphony Orchestra’s outgoing music director Christoph Eschenbach signs off. [Post]

  • Folger Theatre announces its 2017/2018 season. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • ICYMI: AFI DOCS is here! Read our guide to the 2017 festival. [WCP]

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

  • A Q&A with the director of documentary New Chefs on the Block. [WCP]

  • Servers reveal secrets like how to bump check averages. [Bethesda Mag]

  • Sequoia nears its reopening date in Georgetown. [Eater]

  • No frills lunch spots that have little to do with the expense account crowd. [DCist]

  • Crab feasts that you don’t have to head to the beach for. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Bowser administration contracting scandal is latest instance of developer clout. [WAMU]

  • Esteemed architect James Corner dissects Georgetown Canal for redesign. [UrbanTurf]

  • Columbia Heights gets a pedestrian-friendly intersection. Urban planners rejoice. [GGW]

  • Opinion: Vacation rentals aren’t the cause of affordable housing shortage. [Post]

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