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As the Democratic National Convention begins, with D.C. statehood on the party’s 2016 platform, District advocates are hoping President Barack Obama will address the issue Wednesday night, when he’s set to speak. Still, many are frustrated that Obama has yet to use his bully pulpit to push statehood.


  • Speaking of statehood, several A-list celebrities are booked for a D.C. party at the DNC today. [City Desk]
  • The District, Baltimore, and airports saw record three-digit temperatures and heat indexes yesterday. [Post]
  • Ex-D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams tells the Post he recently had surgery for thyroid cancer. [Post, NBC4]
  • Conditions at the D.C. Jail are facing increased scrutiny following the death of an inmate. [DCist, WAMU]
  • After a fire alarm went off Sunday, D.C. interns fell victims to a paintball attack in NoMa. [NBC4, Post]
  • Metro trains are running slower than normal because rails can be warped by high heat. [The Hill, DCist]
  • On Monday, two men were shot and wounded near North Capital Street and New York Avenue NW. [Post]
  • Several local businesses say they’re seeing a bump in sales thanks to “Pokemon Go”-related activity. [Post]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • What a mess. [GGW]
  • More reprimands for Metro workers. [WAMU]
  • District students at internships. [Post]

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

  • Winners of this year’s Capital Fringe festival announced. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Listen to a tune from Haitian konpa singing quartet Fa Wouch‘s new album. [WCP]
  • Get hyped, ninjas: There will be a Juggalo march on D.C. next year. [DCist]
  • D.C. officials drafting a sweeping “Cultural Plan” for the city. [WAMU]
  • In Body Split, two poets adopt the split 7-inch model. [WCP]
  • Take a peak at D.C.-area theater company’s 2016-2017 season. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Alba Osteria owner to open French-American restaurant by the White House. [Post]
  • D.C. dining scene deemed “most improved.” [Zagat]
  • Let the chef take the wheel at these Japanese restaurants. [Eater]
  • The Hooters linked to MoCo police officer Noah Leotta‘s death is closing. [Bethesda Beat]
  • Literally everything you’ve wondered about American cheese. [Serious Eats]