It isn't cooling off outside, and if you missed my advice on how to beat the heat yesterday, you can check it out here. The Capital Weather Gang has called it a "blast furnace kind of day." By the way, some people like hot weather. One of those people is me.
If you were an elected official, what would you do if a trusted aide handed you an envelope full of cash? If your name is Jim Graham, you actually have to take the time to think about that decision. When faced with the situation, the longtime Ward 1 council member didn't alert the authorities or fire his chief of staff, who handed him the money. He decided to do something he claims he saw in the movies. The Post's Del Quentin Wilber and Victor Zapana report on the disturbing story of how Graham barely passed a test by the FBI in an investigation code-named "Cash Cab."
Metro riders have spoken and WMATA has taken heed. When weekend service cuts were first proposed as a cost-cutting measure, people hit the roof. The plan to extend wait times during off-peak hours was widely panned on blogs and Web sites, and when the transit system held public meetings on the matter, riders showed up in force. The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reports that Metro has abandoned the plan altogether and plans to pay for weekend service with subsidies from the three area jurisdictions.
New York congressman Anthony Weiner is officially having the worst week ever. After he admitted that he had engaged in Internet "relationships" with various women, things got worse. Yesterday, an alleged picture of his member hit the Web courtesy of two NYC shock jocks, and later in the day news broke that his wife is pregnant. And now the number of his fellow Democrats who have called on him to step down is up to eight, Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane report. E.J. Dionne Jr. has had enough of the whole sordid situation. This resignation has Friday afternoon news dump written all over it.
Flying can be stressful in many ways. Whether it's dealing with airlines and their ridiculous bag fees or schlepping through cumbersome TSA measures, the process can be unnerving before you ever set foot on the plane. And when you get on the plane, if you're stuck in coach, you're effectively sitting in a sardine can with seats. Slate's Witold Rybczynski wonders: Why aren't airplane seats designed more thoughtfully?
It's fair to say that Bryce Harper has hit the most famous home run in the history of low-A minor league baseball. After the Nats phenom knocked one out of Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, he smooched the opposing pitcher after rounding third base. A decidedly bush-league move, but again, it's Single-A ball. This taunt set off a media firestorm, bringing Thomas Boswell out to discuss it, D.C. Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg to weigh in and even ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd, of all people, to give his take. You know why you pull a stunt like that in the minors? Because you can.
• There are a lot of so-called cognoscenti in hip hop who throw fits every time someone outside of the box throws their hat into the game. It's no different for Kreayshawn, a white woman from Oakland whose viral hit "Gucci Gucci" has people shaking their heads. The Root's Timmhotep Aku explains why she's no good. I, on the other hand, am and have been a huge fan of the video director who raps for fun. (NSFW-ish.)
• Another day, another data breach at a huge firm that may control some of your money or personal information. Today's victim is Citigroup, which says hackers may have compromised up to 200,000 accounts.
• I'm heading out of town tonight, so this is it for the week. If you need something to do this weekend, Wolf Trap's not a bad idea. Also, DC United is playing at home Saturday night and they're giving away bobbleheads!"