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On Tuesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser headed to Cleveland, where the Republican National Convention is being held, to advocate for D.C. statehood. It was a heavy lift for the delegation: In their 2016 party platform, Republicans claim that the District is “illegal[ly]” attempting to gain budget autonomy and that Congress should assert its prerogatives. 

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • More complaints about the D.C. Jail stemming from intense heat and humidity inside the old facility. [Post]
  • Metro is still having problems near the Stadium-Armory station after SafeTrack repairs in June. [WAMU]
  • Uber is heavily subsidizing drivers for trips ordered during SafeTrack to keep them on the road. [WAMU]
  • A former officer manager at Catholic Charities has pleaded guilty to running a reimbursement scam. [Post]
  • A Department of Public Works dispatcher took more than $35,000 in illegal bribes from a towing vendor. [Post]
  • Lots of flooding, downed trees, and power outages after last night’s severe thunderstorm hit D.C. [DCist]
  • Northwest residents are calling upon the District to deal with a vacant property using a large sign. [FOX5]
  • Map: D.C.’s social services are mostly located east of Rock Creek Park. [Greater Greater Washington]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • “Streetcar, Streetcar, Signing a Song”: That is an actual lyric in a new ad promoting the D.C. streetcar.
  • Jack Rose Chef Goes: Russell Jones is leaving the Adams Morgan whiskey saloon for South Carolina.
  • 30 Years of Sushi: Sushi Taro in Dupont Circle is celebrating its birthday with an all-you-can-eat party.

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

  • Muriel Bowser tries to convince Republicans to support statehood, but probably won’t succeed. [Post]
  • The streetcar gets its own song. [WCP]
  • A very strange Metro protest. [Borderstan]
  • Talking about where social services are located. [GGW]

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

  • Watch a new music video from SOMNIA. [A.V. Club]
  • In Jennifer Close‘s new novel The Hopefuls, D.C. transplants who can’t stand This Town. [Washingtonian]
  • Cirque du Soleil comes to Tysons, marking a homecoming for gymnast Ryan Shinji Murray. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Fringe review: The stoner-jail comedy Prison Break, Inc. tries to do too much to be good, but that’s just, like, our opinion, man. [WCP]

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

  • Peter Chang is Bethesda bound [Bethesda Beat]
  • D.C.’s most notable fried chicken [Eater]
  • A window into REI’s Wild Kitchen Summer Series [BYT]
  • Boston import, Tasty Burger, is set to open tomorrow [Borderstan]
  • People behaving badly at buffets [Thrillist]