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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Thomas Moir, the now-former chief of staff of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s legal office, was arrested and charged last week with distribution of child pornography. A spokesperson for the mayor says Moir was fired in January after Bowser’s office learned of the allegations.

  • A 25-year old D.C. man, Deontay Britton, was charged with first degree murder while armed in the fatal March 14 shooting of 25-year-old Dawud Debruhl. Debruhl died after being shot in an apartment courtyard near a Columbia Heights playground. His death was the 33rd homicide of the year in D.C.; the current year’s total to date, 37, is up from this time last year.

  • After five years running, does D.C.’s school lottery system work for families? Some experts and parents say it “remains a tool of limited use in addressing more deeply seated problems in the city’s school system, primarily a shortage of high-quality seats and schools that remain heavily segregated both by race and economic status,” WAMU reports.

  • DC Rollergirls, the women’s flat track roller derby league in D.C., will host an open house today at 7:30 p.m. More details on their website.

  • The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission issues a boil water advisory for parts of southern Prince George’s County.

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

  • Former Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander and company defeat current Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray’s slate for control of the Ward 7 Dems. [WCP]

  • MPD Officer Jordan Palmer is building a troubling record of aggressive behavior toward citizens. Palmer is one of two officers involved in the death of Terrence Sterling. [WCP]

  • Interviews with the women accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfaxof sexual assault are expected to air on CBS today and tomorrow. Fairfax, according to his attorney, passed two polygraph tests that indicate he was truthful in denying the allegations. [Post]

  • Post columnist Colby King slammed Bowser for her response to criticism of her proposed budget. Bowser dismissed that criticism during an interview on Kojo’s Politics Hour last Friday. [Post, Twitter]

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

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  • A cocktail lounge opened inside Sign of The Whale serving a $21 boulevardier. [WCP]

  • More pizza for Navy Yard, this time from Chef Michael White. [Washingtonian]

  • Zeppelin’s food doesn’t earn high marks from Tom Sietsema. [Post]

  • Older diners are more likely to be regulars because they’re tired of being invisible. [NYT]

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

  • Veep returns to skewer Washington for one last season. [Washingtonian]

  • Well, this is weird: The Beltsville, Md. MVA has a short story dispenser. [Post]

  • Listen to new music from Twatsnot, Dura,Too Free, and Tristan Welch. [WCP]

  • New rule: Anyone who mentions the phrase “Fugazi Capitalism” loses their right to speak until after the 2020 election. [Reuters]

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

  • A map of the D.C. area’s housing market in 2018. [Post]

  • Does Alexandria have enough office space? [WBJ]

  • The Wharf’s developers break ground on phase two of its build-out. [Bis Now]

  • Where tech wages grow faster than rent in the D.C. area. [Urban Turf]

  • Have real estate interests co-opted urban planning? [City Lab]

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

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

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