Happy Thursday. Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms early this morning and early in the evening.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The public knew Darryl Turner as “The Princeton Place Killer,” a werewolf who preyed on women in and around the Park View and Petworth neighborhoods in the 1990s. Turner confessed to nine rape-homicides, including those two for which he had been convicted already. It was, by any standard, a coup. The problem, former MPD Det. Jim Trainum says, is that at least one of those confessions is “total bullshit.”

  • Children in Wards 7 and 8 are overwhelmingly diagnosed with asthma more frequently than their counterparts in Northwest D.C., and taken to the ER 20-25 times more than kids in affluent neighborhoods. Why? Partly because of their housing conditions.

  • Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray’s legacy hinges on his ability to bring a new, equitable health care system to the residents of Southeast D.C. His newest plan to get it done has critics asking: At what cost?

  • Metro’s 3000-series trains were cleared for service on Wednesday, just one day after the transit agency pulled them from its fleet after a set of doors spontaneously opened while a car left the Dunn-Loring station.

  • The Trust for Public Land ranked D.C. as having the best urban parks of any of the country’s 100 biggest metropolitan area.

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

  • The D.C. crime lab flooded because someone left the faucet running. [DC Line]

  • Four D.C. councilmembers have blocked people on social media. CouncilmemberTrayon White argued that his accounts are personal and refused to respond to Fox5’s request. That’s rich. [Fox5]

  • Housing divides mayor and the Council. [Post]

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

  • Pizzeria Paradiso is donating its proceeds from an Alabama-themed pizza to Planned Parenthood. [WCP]

  • Post Food Critic Tom Sietsema will add accessibility information to reviews. [Post]

  • What’s the biggest misconception about Mexican restaurants? [Washingtonian]

  • Burger tips and tricks from D.C. chefs. [DC Refined]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • With GoGoTix, Malachai Johns wants to connect more people to the world of go-go. [WCP]

  • D.C.-area authors recommend the best summer beach reads. [Post]

  • Celebrating Walt Whitman’s time in D.C. [DCist]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The mayor’s budget and Council’s budget reflect competing ideas about how to respond to D.C.’s affordable housing crisis. [Post]

  • Metro will negotiate with D.C. over the Columbia Heights dog park parcel. [Curbed]

  • Four Points files a two-year extension for a planned TIF-funded development in Ward 8. [Urban Turf]

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

  • Chien-Ming Wang was once considered among the best pitchers in baseball. Then injuries happened. The Nationals played a brief but key role in his comeback journey. [WCP]

  • “Marvelous” Mallory Pugh, a star on the Washington Spirit and the U.S. Women’s National Team,is featured in the June issue of ESPN The Magazine.

  • Independent pro wrestling is coming back to D.C. in the form of Prime Time Pro Wrestling Presents: Grapitol City. The May 26th event at DC Brau Brewery is already sold out. [DCist]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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