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Consider this week’s City Papercover a reminder of our shared home. The National Mall. The Tidal Basin. Perhaps it has been a minute since you’ve been to these places, or maybe you were just there because the outside is our safer option these days.

City Paper’s Kayla Randall and Julia Terbrock invite you to color them. Literally. This week’s cover story is a coloring book, where you can color the city whatever way you want to see it. Few things are in our control these days, but now D.C. is. You decide whether the reservoir water is blue or not. 

“This is for you to explore your imagination and individuality. Color inside the lines or outside the lines. Make our home, with all its charm and character, any colors you want,” writes Randall. 

Check out the illustrations—to download and color or digitally color—online now.  

—Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)       

  • At Thursday’s press conference, Mayor Muriel Bowser announces DC Public Schools will be 100 percent virtual until at least Nov. 6. [Twitter

  • As of July 29, D.C. reported no additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 58 new positive cases, bringing the total numbers to 584 and 12,057, respectively.  DC Health changed one of its metrics to enter into Phase 3. Instead of needing a positivity rate below 10 percent, D.C. needs a rate below 5 percent and is now measuring this on a 7-day rolling average. In April, DC Health recommended a rate below 5 percent, but changed course. [EOM

  • The whisper network has long warned women about prominent transportation reporter Martin Di Caro, and now people are going public. 24 people to be exact. [DCist]

  • Black women in D.C. lose $1.98 million over the course of their careers because of the wage gap. They’d have to work until 98 to make what a White man made by age 60. [Post]

  • The Virginia governor and two senators for the state request the CDC’s help with the coronavirus outbreak at the ICE detention center. [Post

  • Georgetown and George Washington University go virtual in the fall. [WUSA9]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

LL is away from his desk. He will return Monday.

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

  • Seeking stability and safety, bar and restaurant workers are leaving the hospitality industry for desk jobs or parenting responsibilities. [WCP]

  • José Andrés‘ restaurant group, together with Central Michel Richard, are the latest entities to sue their insurers for not covering their pandemic losses. [WBJ

  • Republicans’ stimulus plan would prevent people from suing their employers if they contract COVID-19 on the job. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How 5-year-old rapper Mikael Murray became one of the newest faces in go-go. [WCP]

  • Nine Shiny Objects takes a UFO-themed look at the reactionary American mind, our critic writes. [WCP]

  • Dark Star Park Day—the day that shadows in the park align each year—approaches in Rosslyn. [Post]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Two years after a beam hit her at the Audi Field opener, Lindsay Simpson continues to struggle with her recovery. The former D.C. United sideline reporter and vice president of marketing and communications wants to help other people suffering from traumatic brain injuries. [WCP]

  • Juan Soto has been cleared to play by MLB a week after testing positive for coronavirus (which was followed by two negative lab tests). [MASN

  • The story behind the fake crowd noise at Nats Park. [Post]

  • Irene Pollin, the former co-owner of the Caps, Wizards, and Mystics, along with her late husband, Abe, has died at 96. [WTOP]

CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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