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DC Central Kitchen has long taught adults with histories of incarceration, substance abuse, homelessness, and trauma how to cook. But the kitchen’s latest innovation, a fast-casual cafe serving employees and volunteers on Friday afternoons, is helping participants gain additional workplace abilities. “I need the life skills,” says participant Roderick Bryant. “I need to be around people striving to get somewhere in life today.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • With Wizards’ loss in game 7, hopes of D.C. sports fan dashed again. [Post]

  • A man is searching for the good samaritan who took blows for him when teens attacked him on the Metro. [Post]

  • Investigator says Seth Rich had contact with WikiLeaks before he died. [FOX5]

  • An Amazon truck was on fire on the Outer Loop of the Beltway this morning, packages strewn along the median. [ABC7, WUSA9]

  • Wilmington, Del. pizzeria delivers to Amtrak stuck en route to D.C. [Post]

  • Spaces, a co-working facility, opens its first D.C. location at Uline. [WBJ]

  • It’ll be hot and muggy on Wednesday and Thursday. [Post]

  • Georgetown dentist pleads guilty to sexually assaulting patients and staff. [Post]

  • “Pay Trump bribes here.” [Post]

  • Gallaudet students step up for the community. [WAMU]

  • Ducks now access the Capitol Reflecting Pool via a special duck ramp. [NBC4]

  • They’re back! Cicada brood last seen in 2000 re-surfaces. [WUSA9]

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

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

  • Pressure from business community to preserve tax cuts. [Times]

  • Five Orange Line stations—all east of the river—close for a month. [WUSA9]

  • Council looks to move D.C. primary to June. [NBC4]

  • Former councilman Michael Brown, out of prison, is getting married. [Post]

  • Trash-gathering boats need names. [DCist]

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

  • Julian Wachner leads last concert as director of the Washington Chorus. [Post]

  • DMV win: Logic scores his first number one album. [DC Music Download]

  • Projection artist Robin Bellstrikes again! [Washingtonian]

  • In the latest Hand Grenade Job tour diary entry, Beck Levy makes her way home. [WCP]

  • The winners of last night’s Helen Hayes Awards. [Post]

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

  • Cork Wine Bar owners field nasty calls and more after suing Trump. [Washingtonian]

  • Local food app Spotluck gets a $4.8 million boost. [WBJ]

  • Half-smokes with modern twists to try in D.C. [Eater]

  • The future of barbecue comes without borders. [Post]

  • Toki Underground employees take English classes on Sundays. [WTOP]

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

  • The uber wealthy are flocking to D.C.—and changing it—Gray Lady says. [NYT]

  • The priciest D.C. nabes’ homes average over $700 per square foot. [UrbanTurf]

  • More on the plan to redevelop Ward 7’s historic Strand Theater building. [WBJ]

  • Walkability: A characteristic D.C. hopes its convention center will boast. [GGW]

  • How Shaw and U Street gentrified, and what that means for the future. [CityLab]

  • Analysis finds that many who leave D.C. move to adjacent states. [Curbed DC]

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