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At a press conference Thursday, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier railed against violent crime and illegal guns in the District, providing updates on two fatal incidents in July. “People are tired of the recklessness [and] the illegal guns,” Lanier said. Compared with last year, violent crime is up roughly 20 percent.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Two shootings occurred in Northwest last night, leaving one man dead and two injured. Police have not yet arrested any suspects. [WUSA9]
  • Chris Geldart, the interim director of D.C.’s 911 call center, says he’s working hard to make emergency responses more efficient by changing the call center’s culture. [NBC Washington]
  • Christopher Lyons, a former deputy fleet administrator for the D.C. Department of Public Works, is suing the city for alleged discrimination. Lyons is white, claiming that coworkers called him “cracker.”  [Fox News]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed an 18-person “strike force” this week to protect subsidized housing, as federal grants will expire in the next few years. D.C. will also build about 1,000 affordable units. [WAMU]
  • TripAdvisor has ranked the District as the sixth-best city in the U.S. for pizza. Chicago was first. [Post]
  • In other rankings, the D.C. metropolitan area seems to be one of the worst for rats and roaches. [City Desk]

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

  • Up in the Club: Ibiza, once D.C.’s hottest megaclub, lost its liquor license in May after earning a reputation for violence and money problems. Read our cover story on how the club went from party zone to party zero.
  • Tour de Jerks?: Does the Tour de France make D.C. cyclists ruder every July? Gear Prudence speculates.
  • Drive Carefully: D.C. police are starting to run “step-out stings” to curb reckless driving using data from Vision Zero, a city initiative that aims to rid the District of traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

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

  • Jeff Thompson‘s mystery 2010 loan to an Adrian Fenty pal. [LL]
  • LL gets the backstory on Ibiza, the District’s most tumultuous megaclub. [WCP]
  • Detectives investigate the gun involved in a 3-year-old’s shooting. [Post]
  • Fenty-era deputy mayor will take over the downtown BID. [WBJ]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s affordable housing “strike force.” [WAMU]
  • Kenyan McDuffie organizes public safety meeting after bout of violence. [WAMU]
  • State Board of Education mulls flexible graduation path. [Post]
  • DDOT will finally put mile markers on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. [WAMU]
  • The New Yorker reflects on murdered Hill Rag reporter Charnice Milton. [New Yorker]

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • This weekend is In It Together Fest. Here’s what you should see. [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to Maryland rapper Matt McGhee‘s “Lexus Music,” about a love interest who looks “better than all of [his] previous lady friends.” [Arts Desk]
  • Meet Thomas “Kokamoe” Goode, a stalwart rapper on the X2 bus. [Post TV]
  • Funny, like ha-ha: a thorough roundup of D.C.’s comedy open mic nights [Express]
  • The story of Bethesda’s Eugene Hagburg, “Korean war veteran, co-author of the college textbook, Public Sector Labor Relations, and assistant postmaster general” who made a dope electronic funk album in 1979 [DCist]
  • Girls Rock! DC is a summer camp that teaches girls how to play instruments and make up cool band names like Power Gurlz and No Glitter on Saturday.  [Washingtonian]

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

  • Paisley Fig bakery coming to former Heller’s Bakery spot in Mount Pleasant. [Express]
  • The 17 best waterfront bars in Maryland [Thrillist]
  • Who has the best chain lobster roll? [Washingtonian]
  • Three D.C.-area restaurants that could use a little more seasoning [Post]
  • Fishnet in Shaw closing temporarily for a revamp. [PoPville]
  • Union Kitchen helps small businesses access capital. [WBJ]