After work on Monday, I headed to a roof-top party near Cardozo High School, a popular gathering spot, to see the fireworks. It was a hot night, so I stuck to potato salad. Let's just say that the next morning, Coney Island wasn't the only place familiar with the term "reversal of fortune." Thanks for the kind words, though. I am better now.

Leslie Johnson, center, leaving the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt. (Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Karen Murphy. (Courtesy of Prince William County Police)

Summer can be an awkward cooking season. The heat and humidity mean that nobody really wants to be slaving over a stove in the kitchen, only making matters worse temperature-wise. Luckily for you, The Post's Food section is all over this, with a full list of recipes that do not require any cooking. So you can finally branch out from the sushi, salad and smoothie diet you've been on that's probably getting a bit repetitive.

The Dalai Lama is greeted by Tenzin Dhondup, Tenzin Dasel and Pema Namseling as he arrives at the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. (FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

As a monster baseball fan since I was a kid, you might be surprised to hear this from me: I have absolutely zero problems whatsoever with performance-enhancing-drugs in the game. As a matter of principle, it doesn't bother me. Unfortunately for Roger Clemens, a congressional committee does care. The celebrated pitcher is accusing of lying during a hearing on the topic of steroids and jury selection begins today. The Post's Del Quentin Wilber reports on the proceedings.

Extra Bites

• Propaganda is a fascinating concept. The idea that printed, fantastical posters work to influence the hearts and minds of a nation is wild. In communist China, they take things to a whole new level. Foreign Policy's Edmund Downie shares some gems from "Chairman Mao's Technicolor Dream World."

• If you're into space shuttles, you should check out this video compilation about U.S. history in the beyond.

• Louis Armstrong died 40 years ago today. This is my favorite Satchmo song.

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