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The pandemic has halted dreams. A student athlete’s dream of competing in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field is paused. And instead of being at college, actualizing his best season yet and preparing himself to go pro, a baseball player is back at his parent’s house, chucking a ball with his brother.

For this week’s cover story, City Paper’s Kelyn Soong speaks with college athletes who reflect on what this season could have been. These individuals are ambitious. So to be asked to slow down is not easy. 

It’s hard. But time to reflect reminds them why they do it.  

“Even though running is so important to us, it’s not going to be completely gone,” says Diego Zarate. “If you’re truly passionate about what you do, this shouldn’t be something that’s going to hold you back. I can still go out and run, and train, and get better. I can still work on falling in love with running again.”

Read the full story online. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • No press conference on COVID-19 today because the mayor is doing media appearances. 

  • As of May 6, D.C. reported eight additional deaths and 193 cases related to COVID-19. So far, 285 lost their lives to COVID-19. Of the  25,856 who tested for COVID-19, 5,654 tested positive. [EOM

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sound interested in a gradual reopen in mid-May, while D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser isn’t. D.C. has not seen a sustained period of declining COVID-19 cases yet. [WAMU]

  • Most states that are reopening fail to meet public health guidance. While not explicitly named as states ready to reopen in its analysis, the Times reports Maryland and Virginia aren’t meeting estimates on the number of total tests or rate of positive results to safely reopen. [NYT]

  • Columbia Heights, 16th Street Heights, and Chinatown are seeing the most COVID-19 cases. Bowser says commercial activity and types of jobs and housing in these neighborhoods contribute to the count. [Twitter, Twitter]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Participate in our voters’ guide by telling us what you want us to ask local politicians. [WCP]

  • The case against Janeese Lewis George, and what she has to say about it. [WCP]

  • New development projects continue to break ground in D.C. [Bisnow]

  • Progressive Council candidates will hold a budget forum tomorrow. [Facebook]

  • At-Large Council candidate Marcus Goodwin endorses Brandon Todd. [Twitter]

  • How to vote in D.C.’s June 2 primary. [DCist]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • When every dollar counts after COVID-19, chefs may finally kiss food waste goodbye. [WCP]

  • Small, immigrant-owned restaurants will have to fight the hardest to survive. [Eater]

  • Pork production is down 50 percent. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A pair of painters is exploring how to change their side-by-side art practice in the time of coronavirus. [WCP]

  • Liz At Large: “Try” [WCP]

  • How the lack of in-person craft fairs is impacting local artists and makers. [DCist]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • College seniors were prepared to celebrate a triumphant last year as student athletes. Then the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. [WCP]

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says that “safe outdoor activities” in the state—in addition to outdoor exercise like walking, hiking, running, or biking that had already been permitted—now include golf, tennis, boating, fishing, and camping. [Twitter]

  • Dwayne Haskins Jr. pens a first-person essay on his first season in the NFL. “Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the pick as my family cheered,” Haskins writes. “And my life changed forever.” [Twitter]

  • The NHL has condemned Brendan Leipsic for his misogynistic comments in a private group chat that was leaked. The Capitals told the Post’s Samantha Pell that the team is aware of the “unacceptable and offensive comments” and would be dealing with the matter internally. Leipsic issued an apology of sorts on Twitter. “I am committed to learning from this and becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way,” he wrote. “I am truly sorry.” [Russian Machine Never Breaks, NBC Sports Washington]

CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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