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Morning, all. This holiday weekend: have fun and be safe!

Along with barbeques, displays of patriotism, and droves of tourists descending upon D.C., Fourth of July means fireworks galore. WaPo explores local pyros. Apparently more people are injured each year in bike, motorcycle, and car accidents than in fireworks-related incidents. Put that one in the Duh Column.

Will the soon-to-be-open CVS cause light pollution in Park View/Petworth? As a resident of the neighborhood—and one that could easily be affected by the light, too—I don’t care, I just want a drug store already.

Chinatown Coffee Company will be adding beer, wine, and absinthe to their menu. Hmm, bet they had an easier time getting their liquor license than some other coffee shops around town.

Oh, Robert Byrd, why’d you have to go and die right around Independence Day? The flag at the Capitol has been flying half-staff since his death, and is supposed to stay there until his funeral next week. But Federal code dictates the flag fly at full staff July 4.

Katie Smith scored 9 points in the final seconds of the game to help the Mystics beat the Phoenix Mercury 107-104 last night. I’ve seen that woman up close, and she has got some impressive guns—metaphorically speaking, of course; it’s not like she’s the female Gilbert Arenas.

Photo: onetravel.com