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Mayor Muriel Bowser will travel to Cleveland tomorrow to attend the Republican National Convention and make a local media tour to promote D.C. statehood, NBC4 reports. The trip comes days after lawmakers approved language for a November referendum that would ask residents about their support of full voting representation for the District.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A National Park Service employee came across a dead body in Southeast on Friday evening. [WUSA9]
  • A 20-year old man was killed and two others injured in a shooting that occurred on Friday night. [NBC4]
  • A 70-year-old inmate died at D.C. Jail last week as advocates express concern about the heat. [NBC4]
  • A transformer fire at 14th and V streets NW cut power for thousands of residents this weekend. [Borderstan]
  • The District could get a new bridge connecting the Kennedy Center to surrounding walkways. [WAMU]
  • Data: D.C. nightlife venues have continued opening farther east in the city since 2010. [Washingtonian]
  • School’s not out for summer for many of the District’s youth, across both educational sectors. [Post]
  • The Post editorial board praises Bowser for recently releasing police body-worn camera footage. [Post]

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

  • The Animals Issue: Satisfy your cravings for creature features and say “aw” at photos in our latest edition.
  • Zoo Bites: The owners of Duke’s Grocery have quietly opened Duke’s Counter outside the National Zoo.
  • Probation Plea: Jeff Thompson, the architect of the 2010 Vince Gray shadow campaign, seeks probation.

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

  • The feds don’t want Jeff Thompson to do jail time—and neither does he! [LL]
  • Trans activists are unhappy with MPD’s timing on news about the murder of a trans woman. [DCist]
  • UDC tries to woo top students with scholarships. [WBJ]
  • Post ed board is happy with Muriel Bowser‘s release of police body cam footage. [Post]
  • District Republicans head to the convention. [WAMU]
  • Talking Council on Kojo [WAMU]

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

  • In his one-man show, longtime D.C. actor Ted van Griethuysen plays all the parts in Hamlet. [Post]
  • Listen to a ripping new tune from D.C.’s Birth (Defects). [WCP]
  • Despite what it sounds like, D.C. band Color Palette isn’t an 80’s band. [Bandwidth]
  • How much D.C.’s nightlife has grown since 2010, in one map. [Washingtonian]
  • In the Hirshhorn’s new permanent collection, history looms large. [WCP]

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

  • Get work done at Mulebone for free. [DCist]
  • Chef Alex Levin watches ‘The Great British Baking Show’ with the Post. [Post]
  • A guide to summer’s crap beer. [Lucky Peach]
  • Get ready for a triple threat distillery in Falls Church. [NoVa Mag]
  • Freak out, because you’re probably eating fake sushi. [Thrillist]