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Air Force defeated Army in the All-Star Armed Services Classic. Photo by Mike Kaplan.

Air Force Wins All-Star Armed Services Classic
A new event ahead of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the All-Star Armed Services Classic, brought many fans out to Nationals Park earlier this month. The finalists in the co-ed softball tournament, Air Force and Army, played July 13. Air Force defeated Army, 9-3. Air Force coach Michael Curcio said it was a win 10 years in the making, the length of time he has been coaching the team.

D.C. Is 51st in Energy Costs
Washington, D.C., ranked 51st in energy costs in the nation, according to WalletHub, which compared the average monthly energy bills in all 50 states and D.C. using a formula involving types of energy like electricity, motor fuel and home heating oil. The average monthly energy bill is $203 for the District, lower than any state. The District ranks 22nd in electricity price, natural gas price and natural gas consumption per consumer.

American City Diner Closes After 30 Years
Popular Connecticut Avenue restaurant American City Diner has closed its doors after 30 years. Former owner Jeffrey Gildenhorn opened the restaurant in 1988. After he choked on a piece of food at the Palm in D.C. last year, the restaurant struggled financially. Earlier this month, Washingtonian magazine reported that Kramerbooks and Ted’s Bulletin owner Steve Salis had acquired the space, suggesting that it may become a Ted’s Bulletin.

‘Boil Water Advisory’ Issued
On July 12 and 13, parts of Northwest and Northeast D.C. were under a “boil water advisory,” causing many area restaurants to close or not serve water-based beverages. Some summer camps in the advisory zone closed early due to lack of water. There were originally 35,000 customers in the zone, but within a day the number was lowered to 7,000 customers. Officials reported that coliform bacteria were detected when a water sample was tested. However, there were no reports of any illnesses.

Police Identify Suspect in Judiciary Square Shooting
D.C. police identified a man sought in a shooting death near Judiciary Square, according to the Washington Post. Reginald Johnson, 37, was charged with first-degree murder while armed. Johnson shot William Mayo, 34, of Southeast D.C. The shooting occurred on July 2 around 5:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Second Street NW — only two blocks from Metropolitan Police headquarters.

High School Graduation Bill Vetoed
In her first-ever veto, Mayor Muriel Bowser blocked legislation that would have allowed high school seniors who miss more than six weeks of school to graduate. Bowser said the bill would undermine the city’s attendance efforts. The D.C. Council passed the legislation 12-1 earlier this summer, around the same time DC Public Schools stopped disregarding attendance records of would-be graduates due to public criticism.

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