Muriel Bowser talks with voters as Fort Stevens commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle fought there, on July 12. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The four-corners offense. The prevent defense. The neutral zone trap. In the sporting world, there are many ways to protect a lead. For a textbook demonstration of how to do the same in the political sphere, look no further than Muriel E. Bowser’s mayoral campaign. The D.C. Council member is looking to protect her advantage as the Democratic nominee in an overly Democratic city by avoiding screw-ups and declining early opportunities to engage with foes. A sensible strategy, to be sure. But it carries risks: Will the electorate be willing to wait until fall for the race to begin in earnest? Or will voters start wondering just what she’s afraid of?

In other news:

Override of Gray budget veto leads council’s pre-recess business (PostLoose LipsWAMU-FMWJLA-TVDCistAPWaTimes)

Deeper into the political dimensions of Park Southern mess (Post)

Which spilled out on the council dais (Loose Lips)

Best-case scenario: H Street/Benning Road streetcar opens in November (WAMU-FM)

Close D.C. General, says Petula Dvorak (Post column)

Not so fast: “Where should all these homeless families go?” (Housing Complex)

This is how Los Angeles houses some of its homeless (Wonkblog)

The box is finally banned (DCistWUSA-TVNPR)

Emmanuel Bailey wins another five years as lottery contractor (AP)

Foreign investors say they have soured on D.C. real estate (Digger)

So far, the DMV has issued 268 “limited purpose” driver’s licenses targeted at illegal immigrants (WaTimes)

Let’s put the White House on “D.C. Statehood Now Way” (Roll Call)

Or is that “D.C. Statehood Now Boulevard”? (@CMYMA)

At least two Zoning Commission members are unhappy with latest rewrite revisions (GGW)

Ivy City gets community center funding — and possible relief from bus-lot plans (Housing Complex)

Judge refuses to toss builders’ constitutional challenge to First Source law (WBJ)

Charter board members says “real practical challenges and conflicting interests” prevent more DCPS collaboration (Eduwonk)

“Five things to know about suspension and expulsion in D.C. schools” (Post)

Pre-K suspensions lead Deborah Simmons to conclude that those kids are “too young for the rigors of a public schoolhouse” (WaTimes)

Michelle Rhee’s advocacy group “hasn’t brought in anywhere near the $1 billion that [she] confidently predicted she would raise” (Politico)

Arrington Dixon kinda-sorta quotes Wu-Tang in discussing Pennsylvania Avenue revitalization (WBJ)

Council votes to allow breweries to sell beer for on-premises consumption (WBJWNEW-FM)

Specialty Hospital of Washington will remain a hospital for now (WBJ)

Ad contract means Capital Bikeshare is nominally profitable (WashCycle)

More than 150 Corcoran employees could be jobless by August (WBJ)

Cyclists tell John Kelly why they break the law and ride their bikes on downtown sidewalks (Post column)

AG candidate Edward “Smitty” Smith says his “internal compass” points to D.C. (Loose Lips)

Watch Kris Hammond launch his run for council chairman (YouTube)

The city “missed an opportunity to try something new while saving taxpayer money” with Ward 8 SBOE race (Post editorial)

More on the interloping mailers for Tierra Jolly (Loose Lips)

Man arrested in Bloomingdale double-killing was allegedly passenger in car with victims (PostWaTimes)

Two more shot Monday, inside residence near Georgia Avenue Wal-Mart (PostWRC-TV)

Prince George’s cop is arrested for pointing gun at parking valet outside Howard Theatre (Post)

Marion Barry says Rob Ford “shouldn’t use the fact that he’s been abusing drugs as an excuse for being a fool” (SlateHuffPo)

St. Thomas redevelopment fight heads to HPRB (Post)

Restaurant health insurance exchange might not be real (WBJ)

What Ward 8 bike lanes look like (CHotR)

High-profile D.C. startup iStrategyLabs opens NYC office (ElevationDC)

Bowser spotted at “no pictures allowed” speakeasy (Reliable Source)

Finally fulfill your dream of living in a shipping container (WBJ)

The fake Andy Harris Twitter account we all deserve (@DrCockeysville)