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It was a hot weekend and temperatures (and humidity) remain high. Mayor Muriel Bowser has activated the District’s Heat Emergency Plan as of 10 a.m., and afternoon storms could bring some relief. But heat wasn’t the only thing making news over the past several days.

He’s Going Under

New Metro GM Randy Clarke starts today. He departed Foggy Bottom station en route to Metro HQ with members of the media in tow and answered questions about his priorities and plans for the beleaguered transit system. At the top of his list? Getting the 7000 series cars, most of which have been off the tracks since October 2021, back in service. Clarke’s former colleagues in Austin and Boston are singing his praises and believe he’s capable of fixing Metro’s multiple problems. And, in a show of goodwill, he’s taking questions from the public outside two L’Enfant Plaza entrances—at D Street SE between 6th and 7th streets and at 9th and D streets SE—this afternoon. Ask him how he’ll prioritize safety, how he plans to bring riders back, or for public transit dating tips

In other Metro news, the formal name change of White Flint Station to North Bethesda on the Red Line has begun. 

Paint It White

Street safety activists installed two white ghost bikes over the weekend to honor the memories of three cyclists who were struck and killed since the beginning of July. On Friday, they joined the family of Michael Gordon, who died after a driver hit him at a Shaw intersection last week, and on Saturday, at the intersection of Minnesota and Nannie Helen Burroughs avenues NE, they remembered Michael Hawkins Randall and Charles Jackson, who died after a driver lost control of a vehicle and struck them. 

Activists will gather at the intersection of 21st and I streets NW this evening at 6 p.m. to install a third ghost bike, this one honoring Shawn O’Donnell.

Caroline Jones (tips?

  • To see today’s COVID-19 data, visit our coronavirus tracker.
  • Wes Moore clinched the Democratic nomination for governor in Maryland and will face Trump-backed Dan Cox in the general election. [Maryland Matters, WTOP]
  • DC Health and the Washington Blade will host a discussion on monkeypox this evening at Eaton DC. The District has the highest rate of monkeypox in the country, and the Bowser administration has been encouraging those most at risk to infection to sign up for vaccination appointments. [Blade]
  • University of the District of Columbia President Ronald Mason Jr. is stepping down. His contract ends in June 2023. [UDC]
  • D.C. government employees will get pay bumps and bonuses. [EOM]

By City Paper staff (tips?

  • Activists see Police Cmdr. Jason Bagshaw as “an example of most of the things we use to point out as justification for defunding the police,” fueling suspicions about his off-duty shooting of a man in Navy Yard. [Post]
  • D.C. is funding a hefty increase in vouchers to help the homeless, but only one-fifth of them have actually been used so far this year. Bureaucratic delays are largely to blame. [DC Line]

By Alex Koma (tips?

  • Oyster Oyster’s Rob Rubba won best chef, Daru won best new restaurant, and Christian Irabien is the rising culinary star of the year in the 2022 RAMMY’s. [Washingtonian]
  • DC Central Kitchen is bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to corner stores. [WUSA]

By City Paper staff (tips?

  • The Anacostia Business Improvement District is getting nearly $4 million from the D.C. government to create the Anacostia Arts and Culture District. [Informer, DCist]
  • Happening now through Friday: Dance in the DMV is a five-day fest featuring more than 100 Black artists celebrating local dance culture. [Blade]
  • Katori Hall, The Hot Wing King playwright (playing at Studio Theatre through Aug. 7), discusses making COVID a television reality in her play turned series P-Valley. [Post]

By Sarah Marloff (tips?

  • The Wizards have expressed interest in obtaining all-star Donovan Mitchell from the Jazz. [NBC Washington, Athletic]
  • Down 7-1 in Phoenix on Saturday, Victor Robles pimped a home run off Madison Bumgarner. “He’s a clown. Golly,” Bumgarner said. If he doesn’t like the celebration, Bumgarner should pitch better, Robles responded. [Post]
  • Commanders training camp officially starts Wednesday. Here are five position battles to watch before the start of the NFL season. [Post]
  • ICYMI: Alexandria native Noah Lyles broke Michael Johnson’s U.S. record in the men’s 200-meter last week. [DCist]

By City Paper staff (tips?

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