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City Paper’s annual food issue is here. Instead of featuring dishes and drinks around a central theme, City Paper’s Laura Hayes opted to highlight changemakers who shaped the local food scene in the midst of a global pandemic.

José Andrés may immediately come to mind, but trust that he is not the only one making D.C. an exciting and more equitable place to eat. Consider the local pastry chef who raised nearly $2 million for groups combating systemic racism. Or the Mutual Aid Movement organizer who delivers groceries to individuals at risk of COVID-19, even though it means jeopardizing her own health. City Paper wrote about 13 Washingtonians, and their stories are worth your time.   

“They all envision a D.C. where residents have access to fresh, healthy food and economic opportunities no matter their address, and where multiculturalism and diversity are deeply valued and celebrated,” writes Hayes. “May their stories light a fire under our collective butts to challenge what’s possible, in this region and throughout the world.”

Read the full story online or keep the tab open for later.  

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

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

  • Here is what we know about contact tracing security and your privacy. And the questions civil liberties advocates still have. [WCP]

  • At press conference, Mayor Bowser says she is delaying her decision about upcoming 2020-21 academic year until July 31. She says D.C. “saw some trends in our data that are not ideal for making plans for the remainder of the school year.” [Twitter]

  • As of July 16, D.C. reported three additional deaths to COVID-19 and 50 new positive cases, bringing the total numbers to 574 and 11,076, respectively [EOM] (Yesterday when reporting these numbers, City Desk said “June 15” instead of “July 16”. We regret the error.)  

  • “Setting foot in a school building terrifies me:” Teachers are nervous about the fall. [DCist]

  • This former Ward 8 landlord will pay $1.9 million to tenants after reaching a settlement with the Office of the Attorney General over unsafe property conditions. [DCist

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

  • Perennial candidate Kathy Henderson was accused of misleading an elderly homeowner while working for a developer. [WCP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser will prioritize teams led by people of color for the redevelopment of shuttered elementary schools. [WBJ, Twitter]

  • How did D.C. receive an “A” on Brookings’ vote-by-mail scorecard? [Brookings

  • The D.C. Council’s long-talked-about racial equity bill moves out of committee. [WTOP]

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

  • Sushi Taro reopens for take-out on Friday. [WCP]

  • Try a tasting menu at a single outdoor table at Mexican restaurant Muchas Gracias. [WCP]

  • A new Mexican restaurant is headed to 14th Street NW near Little Coco’s. [PoPville]

  • Restaurants want Yelp to do more than tell its users to go easy on restaurants right now. [Eater]

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

  • The go-go community honorsMaiesha Rashad, the beloved vocalist who died last month. [WCP]

  • The filmmaker behind Kindred Spirits talks about the special story and preserving D.C. history. [WCP]

  • Ricky Drummond opens up about his new musical Desiderium, set to have an online reading presented by Monumental Theatre Company on July 20. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

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

  • There was nothing sudden about the Washington football team’s decision to change its name given that Native American activists have been fighting for this moment for decades. [WCP]

  • Reigning WNBA MVPElena Delle Donne wrote an essay opening up about her health issues and battles with Lyme disease while blasting the league’s panel of doctors for denying her request for a health exemption. Shortly after the essay was published, Mystics general manager and coach Mike Thibault told reporters that Delle Donne will continue to be paid while away from the team. [Players’ Tribune, NBC Sports]

  • Washington football team’s longtime radio voice Larry Michael abruptly announced his retirement from the franchise after 16 years. [Hogs Haven]

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

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