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Happy Thursday, peeple. It’s mostly cloudy today with a high of 80 degrees.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Like the world they live in, Peeps have changed a lot since they were first introduced in 1953. This year’s finalists for the annual City Paper Peep diorama contest represent everything from ancient cave art to young, inspirational leaders on Capitol Hill and recent scandals that shocked the world. But there can only be one winner, just like there can be only one Queen of Soul. Pay her some respect, won’t you?

  • Longtime senior official at the DC Housing Authority, Ron McCoy, resigned abruptly at the end of last month—leaving his staff, and the legal advocates who worked regularly with him, reeling.

  • Capital One Arena will host a viewing party for the Caps game tonight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Even Iowa thinks D.C. deserves statehood.

  • Grab yer helmets and convivial spirit: D.C.’s “bike to work” day is on the books for May 17.

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

  • D.C. business man, strip club owner, and tax cheat Keith Forney was convicted in D.C. Superior Court last week. His legal troubles are far from over. [WCP]

  • Top priorities for schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee. [DC Line]

  • The number of children in foster care dropped by half in a decade. [WAMU]

  • Former public school teacher and education advocate Faith Gibson Hubbard picked as Mayor Muriel Bowser’s first director of the Thrive by Five program—an early childhood health and education program. [DC Line]

  • Terry McAuliffe will not run for president. [Post]

  • More transparency for D.C.’s publicly funded ($800 million/year) charter schools? There’s no need, writes thePost editorial board. And Columbia Journalism Review claps back: “While journalists across the country work overtime to uphold the values of disclosure, this editorial—from one of the country’s preeminent newspapers, whose tagline is ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’—isn’t just embarrassing, it’s undermining.” [CJR]

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

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  • Counter Offers: What do diners think of the D.C.’s new ‘fast fine’ restaurants? [WCP]

  • Bombay Street Food is expanding to Capitol Hill this summer. [WCP]

  • D.C. will soon gain two Korean barbecue restaurants. [Washingtonian]

  • Meiwah’s D.C. location will close after 20 years in business. [Washingtonian]

  • Eater couldn’t find any ‘Young Gun’ contenders in D.C. this year. [Eater]

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

  • Required viewing: Squirrel photography contest. [Post]

  • The Kennedy Center announces its 2019/2020 theater lineup. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Read an interview with Honey, the local rock trio fucking up the patriarchy. [DCist]

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

  • In Virginia, infighting over the $75 million promised for affordable housing in the wake of Amazon’s arrival. [WBJ]

  • A devastating fire at the Notre Dame in Paris brings renewed attention to the condition of the National Cathedral. [WAMU]

  • The median sales price for homes has rocketed up by 24 percent over the last year. [Urban Turf]

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

  • Friends, roommates, and (maybe) U.S. World Cup teammates: the story of the Washington Spirit’s Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle, and Andi Sullivan. [WCP]

  • The Washington football team will open the 2019 season in Philadelphia against the Eagles and for the first time since 2015, will not play on Thanksgiving. (Local beat reporters, rejoice.) [Hogs Haven]

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

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