The D.C. murder rate drops during the hottest portion of the year. A new Maryland plan targets cancer deaths and a black bear was spotted in Leesburg. These are the morning headlines from around the region.

Examiner

D.C. murder rate plummets as temperatures soar

Teachers’ union suspends VP handling teacher firings

Region’s housing market tops nation as U.S. prices slip

NBC

Black bear spotted in Leesburg

3 heat-related deaths in Md. last week

WAMU

DCPS chancellor says ‘Hopes and Dreams’ campaign will help bring community together

WTOP

Metro to start new bus service to Mark Center in August

How accurate are Virginia’s job creation numbers?

Baltimore Sun

New Maryland plan targets cancer deaths

Eastern Shore doctor convicted of criminal charges in stent case