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Good morning, D.C. A possibly rainy Friday could carry into a wet, but funky, weekend.


  • Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Kenyan McDuffie’s debate over a soft drink tax hike raises questions over which lawmakers have jurisdiction over tax increases. Cheh suggests McDuffie is carrying water for “Big Soda.” McDuffie says Cheh resorts to hyperbole when it suits her politics. The regressive tax hike would fund critical nutritional programs.

  • After more than 30 years, a Rails-to-Trails project has finally made enough progress that a cross country, 3,743-mile trail is becoming a reality. The trail would span 12 states, incorporate abandoned rail lines and existing trails, and run from D.C. to the Puget Sound in the other Washington.

  • Councilmember Jack Evans’ ethics scandal has prompted activists to go door to door promoting stronger ethics laws. They want to abolish constituent services funds and strengthen the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. Door knockers are targeting Evans’ Ward 2 and also Ward 4, whose Councilmember Brandon Todd has dealt with his own ethics blunders.

  • Give up the funk: here’s what you need to know about the Funk Parade this weekend.

  • A white Montgomery County cop was caught on cell phone video using the N-word during an encounter with young men. “Bet she ain’t have that badge on she wouldn’t call us no n—–s” one of the men said. The department is investigating.

  • A D.C. appeals court stripped Paul Manafort of his bar license following his felony conviction. He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for convictions in D.C. and Virginia.

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

  • There’s a hashtag war a-brewin’ between Chairman Phil Mendelson and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s chief of staff. [Twitter]

  • AG Karl Racine is asking a judge to dissolve an LLC that manages dilapidated apartment buildings. [DC Line]

  • It’s Bowser v. Councilmember Vince Gray in the fight for a new hospital. [WAMU]

  • The D.C. police department is not a fan of Councilmember Charles Allen’s budget proposal. [Twitter]

  • This afternoon, Mayor Bowser will deliver remarks at McKinsey’s Annual Values Day at Audi Field—the event is not open to the public. [EOM]

  • Councilmember David Grosso is proposing a mansion tax. [Urban Turf]

  • GGW’s David Alpert advocates for Cheh’s proposed hike in residential parking permit costs. [GGW]

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

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

  • At Lost Origins Gallery, visualizing the history of Fugazi. [WCP]

  • Ten things not to be missed at the new Spy Museum. [Post]

  • Keegan Theatre announces its 2019/2020 season, with a host of D.C.-area premieres. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Film review: Dogman is a slow-burn thriller with great empathy for its canine characters. [WCP]

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

  • Anita Bonds and Muriel Bowser spar over $8.5 million in HPTF funds. [Twitter]

  • A subsidiary of SunTrust spends $10 million on JBG Smith’s affordable housing initiative. [WBJ]

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

  • Want to watch the NBA Draft Lottery with Wizards fans? Locked on Wizards podcast host Becca Winkert and writer Troy Haliburton (an occasional City Paper contributor) are hosting a watch party Tuesday, May 14 at HalfSmoke in Shaw. [Twitter]

  • The Mystics make their preseason debut tonight in Minnesota. [Bullets Forever]

  • Outfielder Gerardo Parra joins a Nationals team looking for an offensive spark. They will play the Dodgers in L.A. this weekend before returning home to face the Mets. [MASN]

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


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