*Hey, look, Laurie Collins is speaking up again.

*What sort of calamity would be sufficient to make D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier bag her weekend plans and head back to D.C.? This would do it.

*City officials are thinking about the fireworks season, with bans on their minds. Should be no problem—not like it’s a tradition or anything.

*The Smithsonian has put up banners on the National Mall for its annual Folklife Festival, which takes place from June 25 through June 29 and July 2-6. There’s nothing particularly significant about the banners—just that you can be sure that summer’s very hottest days will coincide with the festival. They always do.

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