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Today’ll be humid, warm, and probably rainy. At least it’s Friday.


  • Council Chair Phil Mendelsonmoves to undo Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s big plans to restructure the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Artists, arts organizations, and several councilmembers agree with him.

  • Bowser submitted legislation on Thursday that would legalize recreational marijuana and establish guidelines for its production and sale. While Congressional Republicans have prevented the District from enacting or enforcing marijuana legalization laws, Bowser told the Post that she wants to get moving on legalization while Democrats control the House.

  • To have a “modest yet adequate” income in D.C., a family of four should earn over $105,000, a new Economic Policy Institute report indicates.

  • Bowser’s effort to make the Circulator bus free didn’t go over well with the D.C. Council during the budget markup of its transportation committee. “$3.1 million could be better spent on initiatives that more directly benefit District residents,” the committee wrote. “This is an expensive proposal with little to no evidence to date that it will achieve its stated goals.”

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is decidedly not in favor of raising the cost of residential street parking permits.

  • Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned on Thursday, roughly two months after an investigation by the Baltimore Sun revealed that Kaiser Permanente paid $100,000 for copies of Pugh’s children’s book series “Healthy Holly” while it sought a $48 million city contract.

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

LL is away from his desk and will return next week.

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

  • Alfredo Solis almost closed Little Havana. Now he’s giving it a 6-month runway. [WCP]

  • Behold: Tom Sietsema’s spring dining guide. [Post]

  • What’s the deal with District Distilling? [Washingtonian]

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

  • They got the beat: How 7DrumCity taps into D.C.’s music community. [WCP]

  • At Tot Rock Fest in Del Ray, these D.C. musicians will win over parents as much as kids. [Post]

  • A helpful guide of what to do when Nazis take over your event (as they did recently at Politics and Prose). But none of the suggestions include “punch them.” [Washingtonian]

  • How a group of Bethesda teens are fighting back against cultural toxicity. [WCP]

  • Theater review: Constellation brings an age-old tale to life in The White Snake. [WCP]

  • Theater review: Diplomats are the heroes in Round House Theatre’s Oslo. [WCP]

  • Film review: With The White Crow, Ralph Fiennes directs a flawed character drama. [WCP]

  • Film review: A documentary about Dr. Ruth is as charming and uplifting as you’d expect. [WCP]

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

  • ICYMI: Housing attorneys say that a DC Housing Authority policy prematurely cuts voucher recipients off from their rental assistance.

  • Teachers in the District have a tough time affording homes. [Urban Turf]

  • Another month, another report showing D.C.’s high rental prices. [Curbed]

  • D.C. United picks PN Hoffman to redevelop parcels of land in Buzzard Point. [WBJ]

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

  • Maryland hockey mom Tammi Lynch, who started a non-profit to combat racism in youth sports, is one of the three finalists for NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. [WCP]

  • Washington Spirit players and roommates Mallory Pugh and Rose Lavelle are both on the roster for U.S. Women’s World Cup team. [NPR]

  • “In terms of who’s making the call and the decisions, it’s 100 percent the president … and that’s Bruce Allen,” ESPN’s Diana Russini told 106.7 The Fan of the Washington football team’s draft. “And Dan [Snyder] was involved with the first pick.” 

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


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