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CityCenterDC’s newest installation involves a rainbow of beach balls overhead. Courtesy CityCenterDC.

Beach Balls Float Overhead at CityCenterDC
CityCenterDC is celebrating the warmer weather by suspending hundreds of striped beach balls above Palmer Alley. The third large-scale overhead installation since CityCenterDC and Palmer Alley opened, the balls are part of the public-space programming devised by the mixed-use development’s Common Area Association, which aims to bring innovation to its shared spaces.

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Courtesy thisisbosso.

‘Great Graffiti Wipeout’ Brings Back Bare Walls
On June 12, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the second annual “Great Graffiti Wipeout,” an eight-week initiative. During 2016’s wipeout, the Department of Public Works eradicated from D.C. public spaces more than 700 tags, throwies, bombs, fills, pieces and back-to-backs and more than 2,000 posters and stickers. Also announced was the opening of a recording studio and retail area near 6th and T Streets NW by MuralsDC, a collaboration between DPW and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Pool at Lincoln Memorial Made Duckling-Safe
Following an intervention that began June 11, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool was back in operation by June 19. The pool was treated due to the demise of approximately 80 ducklings, killed by a waterborne parasite that grows on snails that live in the pool. Chemical treatments weren’t enough to get rid of the parasite, so draining and cleaning were required.

Bowser, Todd Hit With Campaign-Finance Fines
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 4 Council member Brandon Todd were fined due to campaign-finance irregularities, according to WAMU. Bowser — thought to have run a clean campaign against then-Mayor Vincent Gray, who faced a federal investigation into illegal campaign contributions but was not charged — paid $13,000 in fines for accepting contributions over the legal limits. Todd, dubbed Bowser’s “protégé,” was fined $5,100 for failing to produce records regarding $83,000 in his campaign account for a 2015 special election.

The Foo Fighters. Courtesy
The Foo Fighters. Courtesy

Foo Fighters to Open New Wharf Venue
The Foo Fighters will be the opening act this fall at the Anthem, a new music venue at the massive Wharf development, Billboard reported. The Seattle band will launch the $60-million venue with an Oct. 12 show. Seth Hurwitz’s I.M.P. company, which owns and operates the 9:30 Club on V Street NW, has a 30-year lease on the property. According to the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, the Anthem will have “the illusion of a stadium but the intimacy of a nightclub.”

GoFundMe for Injured Adams Morgan Cops
A GoFundMe account has been set up for two Metropolitan Police Department officers who were hurt when a speeding pickup truck rammed into them and a Department of Transportation staffer on the night of June 8. Fox 5 reported that the two bicycle patrol officers, four-year veterans of the force, were on duty in Adams Morgan along 18th Street when they were hit. The suspect was named as 22-year-old Brandon Figures-Morman, who was charged with assault with intent to kill while armed.

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