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Happy Monday, D.C. A rainy weekend will continue with drizzle this morning, which should clear up as the day goes on.


  • Author Natasha Tynes tattled on a Metro employee for eating while riding the Red Line, and received backlash on social media. Now her book deal is in jeopardy.

  • Hashtagging Mayor Muriel Bowser is feuding with the D.C. Council over her efforts to keep the Circulator bus free for all riders. Bowser’s administration has released stats to show that ridership is up, but councilmembers question their accuracy. The District Department of Transportation shows 0.6 percent increase over Circulator ridership for February 2018, while Bowser’s numbers show a 6 percent increase for the same timeframe, the Post reported.

  • Five women were released from jail in time for Mother’s Day after activists raised money to pay their bail. The effort was part of a larger national campaign, Free Black Mamas, which aims to raise awareness about cash bail.

  • D.C. has paid at least $2 million in public settlements for sexual assault and harassment cases between 2015 and 2019.

  • The Funk Parade, held this past weekend, took on new meaning after a dispute earlier this year over go-go music laid bare the tensions between old and new D.C.

  • Agencies in Bowser’s administration are jabbing councilmembers on social media over their proposed changes to the budget.

  • A Washington Post poll shows that a majority of D.C.-area residents support Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to add express toll lanes to I-270 and part of the Capital Beltway.

  • Moby Dick House of Kabob founder Mike Daryoush has died. The Iranian immigrant opened his first restaurant in 1989 and expanded to two dozen locations in the DMV area. He was 66.

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser deposited nearly $200,000 from her inaugural committee to her constituent services fund. [WCP]

  • The Post editorial board supports Bowser’s effort to legalize and regulate marijuana sales in the District. [Post]

  • Expert level photobomb at an event where Bowser promoted her efforts to increase affordable housing in the District. Tweets from her own account were more closely cropped. [Twitter, Bowser Twitter]

  • The D.C. Open Government Coalition makes its case against Chairman Phil Mendelson’s proposed restrictions to FOIA. [DCOGC, letter]

  • Councilmember Brandon Todd was reprimanded by D.C.’s ethics board for misusing his government email to support a political candidate. [Twitter]

  • ICYMI: The Post ran an editorial last Friday, written by a public charter school parent and FOIA attorney, opposing Councilmember Charles Allen’s efforts to subject charters to open records laws. The author, Lis Kidder, argues that the cost of transparency could be too great for public charters. The Post’s ed board has also opined against Allen’s bill. [Post, Ed board]

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

  • Chef Alex McCoy is turning an ATM vestibule into a Thai take-out restaurant. [WCP]

  • A burger joint is now open atop Little Coco’s. [Washingtonian]

  • Maryland is making a red wine that should be taken seriously. [Post]

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

  • Listen to a new single from Bacchae. [Stereogum]

  • There are 16 new murals up in NoMa for you to take selfies in front of. [DCist]

  • Six artifacts at the new DC History Center at the Carnegie Library to check out. [Washingtonian]

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, José Andrés, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and others tapped for this year’s National Book Festival. [DCist]

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

Housing Complex is away from her desk and will return next week. 

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

  • Washington Spirit stars Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pughboth had assists for the U.S. Women’s National Team during its 3-0 international friendly victory over South Africa. [AP]

  • It appears increasingly unlikely that Steve Buckhantzwill return to the Wizards in his current role. Fred Katz of The Athleticreports that NBC Sports Washington is interviewing 12 candidates for the play-by-play job. [Bullets Forever]

  • Maryland men’s lacrosse advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals with a thrilling 14-13 overtime win over Towson. The Terps women’s lacrosse team overcome a slow start to beat Stony Brook, 17-8, to also reach its NCAA tournament quarterfinals. [The Diamondback; Capital Gazette]

  • Mystics rookie Kiara Leslie could miss the entire WNBA season after a right knee surgery. [Bullets Forever]

  • Michael Baumann of The Ringerexplores how the Nats went from a projected playoff team to one of the worst in the league.

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

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