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This week’s cover story is all about being transported. The 2020 AFI DOCS Film Festival, happening now until June 21, “grabs you from your space and sends you on trips around the U.S. and across the globe.” Viewers can visit with people in New Orleans, Boston, Colombia, Bhutan, Kenya, and many other locales, learning about our shared humanity. Though AFI DOCS is virtual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these films can still take you places—and our reviewers have highlighted a selection of festival offerings. —Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • What does “defund the police” mean? Black D.C. activists share the policy changes and ideas behind the words that have dominated national conversation. [WCP]

  • DC Health reported four additional COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the District’s total fatalities to 527. D.C. reported 56 new positive cases, for a total of 9,903. Today marks 14 days of declining community spread during Phase One, and the city could move to Phase Two by Monday. [EOM]

  • 83 percent of D.C. voters support raising local taxes on the wealthiest residents to avoid cuts that harm black and brown residents. [DCFPI

  • A school that is majority white and wealthier confronts race and equity, and questions the need for a relatively expensive shuttle. [Post]  

  • A Twitter thread on the mayor’s telephone townhall about the new hospitals in Ward 1 and 8. [Twitter

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

  • Brooke Pinto wins the Ward 2 special election. She’ll be sworn in in time to vote on the budget. [Post, WTOP]

  • Nearly 8,000 D.C. government workers make six figure salaries. [Forbes]

  • MPD Chief Peter Newsham v. D.C. Council. [DCist]

  • Do cops belong in schools? [DCist]

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

  • Five black publicists evaluate the statements of solidarity restaurants rushed to post on social media when protests began. [WCP]

  • Farmers and food vendors shut out of FRESHFARM’s Dupont Circle market tell the nonprofit how to increase BIPOC representation. [WCP]

  • Why Twitter locked José Andrés out of his account. He’s back. [Post]

  • Phase Two could begin Monday, which means restaurants can seat customers in their dining rooms. [Washingtonian]

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

  • How going virtual has opened up the D.C. literary and storytelling scenes. [WCP]

  • New mural project Radical Plywood activates local artists. [WCP]

  • Maiesha Rashad, known as the first lady of go-go, has died. [DCist]

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

  • As much as some want sports to exist outside the reality of the world, athletics and activism are as interconnected as they have ever been during this moment in America. Black athletes of all ages, like Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, continue to lead the way. [WCP]

  • Not only did these local college athletes lose their seasons. They lost their programs. [WCP]

  • Here’s a timeline of the contentious talks between the MLB and the MLB Players Association. The MLB season is still up in the air. [Yahoo

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

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