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Wee Wee! That’s the name of a delightful six-month-old pig saved during the January blizzard, living in Maryland, but it’s also the sound you’ll make when you read through City Paper’s 2016 Animals Issue: birds, dogs, and more. 

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A 22-year-old transgender woman died this week after being shot on the Fourth of July. [City Desk, NBC4]
  • Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier’s recent remarks on robberies do not tell the whole story. [Post]
  • Three women were wounded in separate incidents that occurred on the same block yesterday night. [FOX5]
  • Ted Leonsis’ Arena Football team will be called the Washington Valor. [Post]
  • D.C.’s police union says it’s offended by a new resolution introduced by lawmakers about law enforcement reforms. [NBC4]
  • D.C. owns several dozen vacant homes—most in Wards 7 and 8—and residents are frustrated. [WAMU]
  • A 52-year-old man died in Petworth after he was crushed by a car while doing work on it. [WTOP, NBC4]
  • The Federal Transit Administration says Metro hasn’t been doing everything right for SafeTrack. [WAMU]
  • The current heat wave that’s blanketed the D.C. area this past week could last for another 10 days. [NBC4]

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

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

  • Cathy Lanier spins increased robbery numbers. [Post]
  • Does the District have enough cops? [WAMU]
  • Maybe the new school food contract is bad too. [WCP]
  • ANC win in Columbia Heights. [Borderstan]

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

  • A new low-powered FM radio station is coming to Takoma Park. [Bandwidth]
  • Listen to new albums from The Black Sparks and SOMNIA. [WCP]
  • Following his stint on The Wire, actor Tray Chaney set his sights on rapping. [Post]
  • A new ’90s/’00s-themed club by the owners of Echostage is coming to Dupont Circle. [Borderstan]
  • Fringe review: Lil Women is no Hamilton. [WCP]

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

  • Preach: Why authentic food is bullshit [Thrillist]
  • D.C.’s essential bars from dives to celebration spots [Eater]
  • Brunch picks vegans and vegetarians will love [BYT
  • H Street NE gets a Chick-fil-A in place of Checkers [DCist]
  • Virginia wine isn’t too sustainable, but it could be [Edible DC]