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The marshmellowy monstrosities are only good for two things: dioramas and puns. We’ve got both, and you’re going to vote on ‘em. Here are the ten finalists in City Paper’s annual Peeps diorama contest. Vote for the winner.


  • Go-go artists weigh in on the debate over the music that used to pump into the streets from a cellular phone store on an iconic corner. A resident at the luxury apartment complex across the street complained, and the store’s parent company ordered the shop owner to bring the music inside—the latest display of clashes between old D.C. and newcomers.

  • A former D.C. firefighter and Marine was among three service members killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman was most recently working as a firefighter in New York City, though he began his career as a volunteer member in Prince George’s County and the D.C. fire department.

  • In his 27th season with the Caps, national anthem singer Bob McDonald is still the team’s go-to anthem singer, and a celebrity among hockey fans. He’ll be performing at the Caps’ home playoff games, starting with Game 1 this Thursday.

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

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans’ 2020 challenger, Patrick Kennedy, in a Twitter thread:[Twitter]

    • “I don’t know what the U.S. Attorney’s Office will find. I hope for his sake & the District’s that, as he told me, he will be cleared … but I think what has been stipulated to (by him, and in documentation) is disqualifying for another term. I think he has lost the public’s trust.”

    • “I also don’t think that he has truely internalized what he did wrong…I don’t think he believes anything he did was wrong except using a government email account, forgetting the content and what it says about the perception (if not the reality) of pay-to-play.”

  • Amazon is looking for a D.C.-area booze lobbyist. [WBJ]

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is now less popular than President Donald Trumpin his own state. [Virginian-Pilot]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser names longtime bureaucrat Barbara Bazron director of D.C.’s Department of Behavioral Health. [WCP]

  • Democrats on Twitter are not all Democrats, not even close. [New York Times]

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

  • Saint Vincent opening in Park View combines a wine shop with a 4,000-square-foot backyard. [WCP]

  • Soon you’ll be able to drink cocktails in a giant greenhouse on the Gravitasrooftop in Ivy City. [WCP]

  • Kwame Onwuachi named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs. [Food & Wine]

  • The best bar for every situation. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Eighty years ago Marian Anderson sang in front of the Lincoln Memorial and made history. [Post]

  • Students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts stage The Laramie Project. [AFRO]

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

  • Chemonics comes to The Yards. [Twitter]

  • An Uber-owned electric scooter fleet hits D.C. [Curbed]

  • Opinion: Don’t give lip service to #DontMuteDC if you’re not doing the work to fight displacement. [Twitter]

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

  • Yet another pro sports team is coming to town: This time it’s the D.C. Trident, one of the four U.S.-based teams in start-up International Swimming League (ISL). D.C. native Katie Ledecky has been named as one of the “ambassadors.” [Post]

  • Jordan McRae is finally getting that standard NBA contract after putting up a record-setting season in the G League. [CBS Sports]

  • The WNBA Draft is tonight. The Mystics have the 10th and 34th picks. [Bullets Forever]

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

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