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Seven people were shot Monday night in three separate incidents. This weekend left one man dead and brought D.C.’s 2015 homicide count up to 108. The mayor and police chief are scheduled to discuss crime at a public event this morning.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A burned body was found in a car on the 400 block of Xenia Street SE, and police have ruled the incident a homicide. [WUSA9]
  • Sidewalk cafés are booming in the District: Their number downtown has doubled since 2009. [WTOP]
  • D.C. won an international award to build affordable sustainable housing in Deanwood. [Housing Complex]
  • Spray parks in the District will remain open for an additional week because of the heat. [NBC Washington]
  • A bright spot in your morning Metro commute: Lamour Rogers and his amusing voice. [NPR, City Paper]

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

  • Ending Homelessness: The District wants to provide enough year-round shelter beds for veterans by 2016.
  • System Crash: “You can’t bike in the…D.C. area and not eventually get hit by a car.” Check out the data.
  • Electric Feel: Gear Prudence ponders the pros and cons of electric bikes and ultimately says they’re OK.

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

  • DCFEMS investigates boy’s death after ambulance delay. [WUSA9]
  • Behind a weekend of gun seizures. [Post]
  • Vendors pushed out as Union Market gets trendy. [Post]
  • Advocates wary of new homelessness proposal. [WAMU]
  • Vincent Orange, ping pong champion. [LL]
  • District aims to ends veteran homelessness. [City Desk]

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

  • Ten styles of fried chicken and where to find them around D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • The abruptly closed 3 Salsas hopes to reopen in Columbia Heights. [Post]
  • Take a look at Succotash, now open in National Harbor. [Eater]
  • Loudoun County’s brewery boom spurs launch of ale trail. [NoVa Mag]
  • The Prospect sports bar opens on U Street NW. [UrbanDaddy]
  • H Street Coffee House & Cafe has closed. [Frozen Tropics]