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It’s finally Thursday. Tonight’s the night our Caps try to take home the Stanley Cup, a win that would mean Washington’s first pro championship title in the big four leagues since 1992. The Caps’ parent company, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, will pay for an hour of extended Metro service for fans watching the game in the city. Catch a ride until 12:30 a.m.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Senior citizens enjoy a free breakfast and campaign literature courtesy of five Democratic incumbents before heading off to early voting at Judiciary Square.

  • In case you missed it, City Paper held a panel discussion on ballot Initiative 77 on May 29 at Black Cat. Many questions from the audience went unanswered due to time constraints. Same for questions from the moderators. Over the next two weeks, City Paperwill address them.

  • Capital Pride is one of D.C.’s biggest party weekends of the year, but the city’s annual LGBTQ celebration is also facing another year of conflict. Activist coalition No Justice No Pride continues to object to Capital Pride Alliance’s reliance on corporate sponsors, who they say oppress and marginalize queer and trans communities of color.

  • The D.C. Council approved an emergency bill on Tuesday that will allow high school seniors who missed more than six weeks of school to graduate. It passed on a 12-1 vote and will apply only to students who meet other graduation requirements.

THE BULLETIN:

  • The easy way to program a good documentary festival is to focus on a single issue, but year after year, AFI DOCS proves that it’s a top-tier festival with a mix of the serious and the light-hearted, the important and the elegant, the outrageous and the atrocious. Here’s our guide to the festival.

  • You can vote early for the June 19 primarythrough June 15th.

  • Road closures still abound downtown for the Caps game.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Phil Mendelson and Ed Lazere: A contest about what “progressive” means?  [WAMU]

  • D.C.’s state education office has to re-issue allegations of residency fraud again. [Post]

  • “It’s not just Mayor Bowser. More single Washingtonians are becoming parents.” [Kojo]

  • Bowser and several councilmembers are expected to march in the Pride Parade. [Blade]

  • D.C. is considering what to do for a potential Caps parade, but hasn’t decided. [Twitter]

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

  • After 14 years, Forum Theatre is shuttering. [Post]

  • An appreciation for the D.C. representation in The Exorcist. [BYT]

  • Ted Leo talks about how D.C. has changed since recording his hit record Hearts of Oak 15 years ago. [Post]

  • On her debut album, Michelle Blackwell puts her unique stamp on go-go. [WCP]

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

  • Here’s the menu for the “media stunt” anti-77 pop-up at The Armory. [WCP]

  • Order these dishes from woman-owned food stalls at Union Market. [WCP]

  • Councilmember Charles Allen is the most recent to say vote no on Initiative 77. [Twitter]

  • Poca Madre from Victor Albisu sets a June 19 opening date. [Washingtonian]

  • This pizza shop has one-upped &pizza when it comes to weddings. [Eater]

  • Surfside is expanding to Tenleytown and The Wharf. [PoPville]

  • Did any D.C. haunts land on this list of celebrated neighborhood restaurants? [Bon Appetit]

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

  • A resident wonders whether a legal eviction dissolves a tenant of their TOPA rights. [PoPville]

  • Washingtonians are peeved over New York Times coverage of homelessness and housing affordability issues in D.C. [NYT]

  • Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen proposes changes to temporary street parking permits. [Urban Turf]

  • A small but mighty development conflict in Takoma Junction. [GGW]

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

  • A few sporting good stores in the D.C. area are feeling so confident about the Caps’ chances that they have already begun advertising Capitals championship gear. [Post]

  • The Capitals aren’t the only sports team in town worth talking about. The Mystics, who are in second place in the WNBA Eastern Conference at 5-3, play Thursday at 4 p.m. at Capital One Arena, shortly before the arena hosts the much-anticipated viewing party for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. [Sports Business Journal]

HAPPENING TODAY

  • James R. Clapper, former senior intelligence advisor to President Obama, speaks at the Spy Museum about his new book Facts and Fears, which offers a deep look inside America’s intelligence community. 12 p.m. at 800 F St. NW. $10–$30.

  • Neo-soul and pop group Fitz and The Tantrums performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap with electro-pop and rock band X Ambassadors. 7 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$55.

  • The National Postal Museum continues its run of Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps, an exhibition celebrating the warmer months with the wide variety of stunning flowering plants commemorated on U.S. postage stamps during the past 50 years. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free.

  • ANC 1B meets at 6:30 p.m. 815 Florida Ave. NW.

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