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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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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]