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Our cover: Six animal tales from the District, including a profile of D.C.’s only search and rescue dog, a look at the arms race to attract renters with fancy dog amenities, and a preview of the city’s first cat cafe.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • House committee threatens to slash federal funding for Metro. [Post]
  • Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown D.C. to support Baltimore demonstrators and demand the return of District officers deployed to the Maryland city. [NBC4]
  • Why D.C.’s police force is different than Baltimore’s. [Washingtonian]
  • Police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run. [WTOP]

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

Sorry, But…: Gear Prudence on what to do when you can see another cyclist’s butt through his shorts.

Pressing Issue: A new place on 14th Street NW is serving cocktails in a French press.

Friends in High Places: At least one Bowser ally is joining the D.C. Council.

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

  • Ward 8 voting totals will come out next week. [Post]
  • Marion C. Barry will make another run for his father’s seat. [LL]
  • Mary Cheh wants more money for Wilson High. [Post]
  • David Grosso proposes new school renovation rules. [Post]
  • Activists want District cops pulled from Baltimore. [Post]
  • Metro pursues bus fare scofflaws. [NBC4]
  • Post ed board on the crime lab mishaps. [Post]
  • How walking to work in D.C. breaks down by profession. [Housing Complex]
  • Shooting in Southeast wounds two. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • DCPS can’t justify the extent of its cuts to Wilson High School. [GGW]
  • H Street NE building with limited parking will offer big transit perks to residents. [UrbanTurf]
  • 1776 keeps expanding, this time to Silicon Valley. [Post]
  • The rent remains damn high, because more and more people are renting. [CityLab]
  • But millennials can still afford most of the homes in the D.C. area. [UrbanTurf]
  • PG County joins Montgomery County and D.C. in banning the substance you’re not allowed to call Styrofoam. [Trash Free Maryland]
  • Today on the market: Logan Circle 1BR loft—-$510,000

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

  • Drake and the Strokes will headline a two-day outdoor music festival in D.C. this fall. [Arts Desk]
  • An interview with Maryland musician Val Rogolino of Kath, whose album from 1974 is a rare (only 60 copies!) treasure. [DCist]
  • Watch local bluesman Jonny Grave‘ new video for “Bona Fide.” [Hometown Sounds]
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl moved its sign offering free food for life to Bill Cosby to a less conspicuous location, but the alleged rapist is still a guest of honor there. [Post]
  • Area concerts likely to sell out fast [Washingtonian]

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

  • Breakfast is coming to Shake Shack in Union Station. [Thrillist]
  • Former Duke’s Grocery chef Alex McCoy will appear on Food Network Star. [Post]
  • Where to eat queso fundido in D.C. [Eater]
  • Seven cool kid-friendly restaurants around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Reliable Tavern and Hardware coming to Georgia Avenue NW. [PoPville]
  • Take a look inside fast-casual pizza spot Veloce.  [Washingtonian]