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The District will be the first major city to get a program intended to fight HIV incidence among African-American women, thanks to a $1 million investment from MAC AIDS Fund. Black straight women in D.C. rank second among demographic groups as to HIV infections, behind black men who have sex with men. The program centers on PrEP.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:          

  • Today sees the first weekday commute during the second surge of Metro’s SafeTrack plan. [WAMU, Post]
  • D.C. police have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with a woman’s murder on Saturday. [WUSA9]
  • A fallen tree branch near 9th Street and Constitution Avenue NW injured two people on Sunday. [NBC4]
  • Two men were shot and wounded on the 1500 block of F Street NE early Sunday morning. [Post]
  • D.C.’s Public Service Commission has denied reconsideration of the Pepco-Exelon merger. [City Desk]
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture has surpassed a fundraising goal. [WBJ]
  • The Human Rights Campaign HQ has become a tribute to the Orlando shooting victims. [Washingtonian]

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

  • SafeTrack 2: Here’s what you need to know about Metro’s current service disruptions, lasting for 16 days.
  • High Employment: The District says Wards 7 and 8 are at their lowest levels of unemployment in years.
  • McMillan: Community members who oppose the development of the McMillan site won a FOIA case.

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

  • No reversal on Pepco-Exelon merger. [WBJ]
  • Presumptive new councilmembers Trayon White and Robert White on The Politics Hour. [WAMU]
  • McMillan development opponents win FOIA case. [WCP]
  • “Yes in My Backyard” types back development. [WAMU]
  • The 2024 Olympics dream lives on [WBJ]

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

  • Ballerina Xiomara Reyes will be the new director of the Washington School of Ballet. [Post]
  • Read an interview with DC Jazz Fest’s Sunny Sumter and Sara Donnelly about the inaugural JazzPrix. [WCP]
  • Today in “Coming Soon to Maryland”: a giant glow-in-the-dark slide. [Washingtonian]
  • Read an interview with psychedelic-pop duo The Galaxy Electric. [DC Music Download] 

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Why Hillary Clinton eats a hot pepper every day [Post]
  • Nine restaurants to try in Old Town Alexandria [Washingtonian]
  • Del Campo introduces cocktails with meaty garnishes. [Eater]
  • Wahlburgers to occupy former Ping Pong Dim Sum space in Dupont. [Borderstan]
  • Applebee’s now open in Ballston. [ARLnow]
  • A look inside Buckeye + Bear [BYT]