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Warren Graves, the former chief of staff for ex-City Administrator Allen Lew, who served in the Vince Gray administration, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Graves will pay more than $220,000 to the federal government. Prosecutors say his case is related to the Jeff Thompson shadow campaign scandal that helped Gray win election.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Do D.C. taxis need to deregulate in order to survive? A new paper suggests precisely that. [WAMU]
- General Motors has launched a new car-sharing service in the District called Maven. [Post, The Hill]
- A house under renovation in Northwest partially collapsed after a storm swept through D.C. [WUSA9]
- Rachel Hoff, a D.C. delegate to the GOP Convention, tried advocating for LGBT recognition. [WAMU]
- For the rest of this month, select District spray parks will stay open two hours longer than normal. [DCist]
- The D.C. streetcar has a new ad campaign that cost over $200,000. Preview: “Streetcar!” [Washingtonian]
- Temperatures could rise to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit this weekend, setting new records. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- “Forks Up, Guns Down”: Beuchert’s Saloon is hosting a fundraiser on July 31 against gun violence.
- Government Graft: A District Department of Transportation official has pleaded guilty to hiding income.
- Poke-venture: What happens when you organize a bunch of Pokemon Go players on the National Mall?
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Former top Office of the City Administrator official’s side business traded access for money. [LL, Post]
- DDOT official pleads out on disclosure charge, but keeps his job. [LL]
- D.C. Jail officials say inmate’s death wasn’t caused by heat [NBC4, DCist]
- Consultants say Metro has too many employees. [GGW]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- When Fringe does Shakespeare [Post]
- Fringe review: Dial R For Robot fails to honor its source material. [WCP]
- Meet the D.C. composer who wrote a rock opera based on Beck‘s 2012 album Song Reader. [Washingtonian]
- Fringe review: The positives and negatives of parenthood are explored in soft animal.hideous heart. [WCP]
- Hand to God has plenty of Tony nominations, but Studio’s production manages to elevate it even further. [WCP]
- Watch Thaylobleu perform live at WAMU. [Bandwidth]
- If you see a car crushed by a boulder outside the Hirshhorn next month, don’t panic: It’s just art. [WCP]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? email@example.com)
- ChurchKey part of new program to thwart sexual assault in D.C. bars [Upworthy]
- Five local refreshing beers, because it’s hot in here. [DC Refined]
- 17 places to get dim sum around D.C. [Eater]
- Tips for those looking to dine near the Convention Center. [Post]
- Ashburn gets Aggio from Bryan Voltaggio. [Washingtonian]