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D.C. will host the second and third days of its constitutional convention tonight and tomorrow at Woodrow Wilson High School in Tenleytown. District leaders say they will incorporate public dialogue into an updated document to appear before the D.C. Council next month. If all goes as planned, residents will be able to vote on it in November.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:          

  • The first surge of Metro’s SafeTrack plan in D.C. starts on Saturday. [City Desk, WAMU, Post]
  • D.C. police arrested a 26-year-old in connection with a recent quadruple shooting in Truxton Circle. [Post]
  • Suspensions and expulsions at D.C. schools have gone down since 2012, the data shows. [City Desk, Post]
  • The National Zoo euthanized a sloth bear named Francois, 25, on Wednesday. [Borderstan, DCist, Post]
  • Some residents are saying “no” to NIMBYs. [WAMU]
  • Following the Orlando shooting on Sunday, local gay bars say they have security measures set up. [Blade]
  • The owner of an Adams Morgan bar says a gay pride flag was burned outside of his establishment. [Blade] 

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

  • Chicken Ramen: The team behind Daikaya has opened a new chicken-focused eatery called Bantam King.
  • Tour de Source: Nine years running, D.C.’s Source Festival has given playwrights a stage on which to experiment.
  • New U Street Bar: The folks from The Front Page and Madhatter will soon open 801 Restaurant and Bar. 

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

  • Presumptive new Councilmembers Robert White and Trayon White on The Politics Hour [WAMU]
  • More on the statehood convention [Post]
  • District makes investing easier for small groups [WBJ]
  • A new chief judge for D.C. Superior Court [Post]
  • More on lead found in school drinking water [The Barras Report]
  • LL talks primary results on WMAL. [WMAL]
  • Suspension rates drop at DCPS schools. [Post]

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

  • Petworth Park Summer Jam brings a different kind of free outdoor concerts to D.C. [Post] 
  • Listen to a new song from Hand Grenade Job [WCP]
  • For nine years, D.C.’s Source Festival has given playwrights a place to work out new ideas. [WCP]
  • On its debut album, Wanted Man’s classic rock ‘n’ roll sound draws from a variety of influences. [WCP]
  • After the Orlando tragedy, local theater companies fight back tears through laughter. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Washington’s hottest restaurants, ranked [Washingtonian]
  • Five must-try dishes at Whaley’s in Navy Yard [Zagat]
  • Review of Haute Dogs & Fries [Post]
  • How barbecue joints use leftovers [Eater]
  • Moxie’s will bring tacos and ice cream sandwiches downtown. [Borderstan]
  • D.C.’s got good gin, now where’s the whiskey? [Thrillist]