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The District is one of a handful of U.S. jurisdictions that releases the lion’s share of arrestees before they go to trial. Proponents of criminal-justice reform praise the system for avoiding bail payments that disproportionately affect the poor, and its lower costs to administer. Critics note it isn’t without problems when someone commits another crime.


  • A Metro Transit police officer fatally shot someone near the Deanwood stop last night. [City Desk, NBC4]
  • PBS: We’re sorry we tried to make the Fourth of July fireworks look better on T.V. [City Desk, NPR]
  • A 42-year-old man was shot and killed in an alley on the 300 block of V Street NE late Sunday. [AP, Post]
  • The third surge of Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance plan starts today, impacting National Airport. [WAMU]
  • D.C. police seized “several hundred” illicit fireworks in Northwest nabes over the weekend. [Borderstan]
  • Statehood for the District just could make it onto the 2016 Democratic Party platform this year. [City Desk]
  • Post editorial board: D.C.’s drafted work-scheduling bill for retailers “would be bad for businesses.” [Post]
  • The East Coast may officially see heat wave this week, from D.C. all the way up to Boston. [AccuWeather]


  • One Block: Staff photographer Darrow Montgomery tells the story of H Street NW, between 6th and 7th.
  • Houdini Graffiti: D.C.’s Department of Public Works says it’s taken down street markings—lots of them.
  • Where Have All the Uber Drivers Gone?: If you notice more surges this summer, there may be a reason. 

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

  • Recall challenge for Kenyan McDuffie in Ward 5. [LL]
  • Post ed board trashes the “fair scheduling” bill. [Post]
  • One-time city administrator office official lands tax charge from the feds. [LLPost]
  • Time for the District to take over the Walter Reed site. [WBJ]
  • Mary Cheh, photo-bomber. [Twitter]
  • Statehood will be in the Democratic convention platform, maybe. [WCP]
  • Deborah Simmons on Pepco’s proposed rate increase. [Times]
  • Sidewalk spat! [WAMU]

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

  • Big Tony on Trouble Funk‘s last reunion. [DC Music Download]
  • Photos of the National Building Museum’s ICEBERGS exhibition. [DCist]
  • The National Folklife Festival returns on the Mall. [WCP]
  • And read an interview with the Folklife Festival’s Marketplace Coordinator, Jackie Flanagan Pangelinan. [BYT]
  • Listen to a new song from D.C./Baltimore’s Snail Mail. [The Le Sigh]