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The D.C. Council voted to pull $250,000 the city was going to use to study the creation of a city-owned power company. Councilmember Mary Cheh criticized the move, saying, “This is plainly a Pepco amendment, lobbied by Pepco representatives.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C.’s in for another summer of fewer shows and smaller acts at Fort Dupont and Carter Barron. [Arts Desk]
  • Audit: School modernization agencies broke rules, didn’t keep track of money. [Loose Lips]
  • Hill East has a new coffee hub. [Young & Hungry]
  • The Nationals are getting a new racing president: Calvin Coolidge. [Post]

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

Seniority Rule: Phil Mendelson fends off a freshmen revolt over tax cuts.

Unexcused Absences: D.C. Council questions progress on truancy reforms—featuring a cameo from “Bacrock Obama.”

And In Health: Newly diagnosed cases of HIV in D.C. declined by 40 percent between 2009 and 2013.

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

  • Phil Mendelson settles for compromise tax cut deal. [LLPostTimes]
  • Study of public power utility gutted, Mary Cheh blames Pepco. [LL]
  • District workers get a minimum wage hike today… [Post]
  • … but activists want more for lowest-paid workers. [WAMU]
  • D.C. Council wants FOIA money to go with police body cameras. [Post]
  • New HIV cases drop by 40 percent. [WAMU]
  • Council approves new D.C. United stadium agreements. [WBJ]
  • Concealed carry law is in still in effect… for now. [WAMU]

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

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

  • Restaurants that work extra hard to cater to diners with allergies [Eater]
  • Peapod gets into the CSA game. [WBJ]
  • Where to find Fourth of July picnic baskets [Washingtonian]
  • A guide to Fourth of July brunches and fireworks views [Zagat]
  • Tom Sietsema visits Portland, Ore. in search for America’s best food cities. [Post]
  • A look at Taylor Gourmet‘s new summer menu [PoPville]
  • Are stinging nettles the new ramps? [Express]

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