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Last week D.C. artists Rafiki Morris and Rik Freeman found their studio—and life’s work—in flames after someone set a car on fire in the adjacent alley. Now they are trying to piece together the charred remains of paintings, and already getting back to work. “When they give you fire, make fire-ade,” says Morris.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • WCP’s Amanda Kolson Hurley talks painting the Metro vault. [WAMU]

  • Why painting Union Station Metro cheapens an architectural masterpiece. [WCP]

  • Hired: Patrick Ewing will coach men’s basketball at Georgetown. [Post]

  • Man killed in Kenilworth Park, 75, survived civil war in El Salvador and went to Mass daily. [Post]

  • Guns found in D.C. teen’s home after he posted ‘school shooter’ on Instagram. [Post, NBC4]

  • Family of woman who crashed car near Capitol say she’s mentally ill. [NBC4]

  • More charges for Post IT staff who allegedly impersonated an ICE agent. [ABC7]

  • Luxury building offers rooftop ballpark views—a weak Wrigleyville copycat. [WBJ]

  • Photos of a sunny opening day at Nationals Park. [NBC4]

  • On replicating Bogotá, Colombia’s rapid bus transportation system. [GGW]

  • More on the kidnapped N.C. girl found in a D.C. car crash. [AP, FOX5]

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

  • CityBridge offers cash to convert schools to charters. [Post]

  • Charter school unionization effort stalls. [WAMU]

  • D.C. reads a lot. [DCist]

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  • Deb Simmons on D.C.’s parking, speeding, red light bill. [Times]

  • “Impeach Trump!” say protestors at the Nats game. [ABC7]

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

  • Union Market’s drive-in movie series returns this Friday with The Royal Tenenbaums. [DCist]

  • Septime Webre discusses his return to arts programming with Halcyon Stage. [Washingtonian]

  • Listen to a new song from Poppy Patica. [THRDCOAST]

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

  • These are your 2017 RAMMY Award finalists. [WCP]

  • Head here if you want to see someone sabering Champagne. [Eater]

  • Poke Papa opens today in Penn Quarter. [PoPville]

  • This show coming to George Mason combines cooking and the circus. [WTOP]

  • Los Angeles does vegetables better than any other city. [Post]

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

  • Housing Complex is out today.

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