Happy penultimate day of May, D.C. On the agenda this Wednesday: Game two of the Stanley Cup Final at 8:00 p.m., possibly rain, and, oh yes, a sizable dose of road closures in preparation for the Caps’ homecoming.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Someone, please, explain what is going on with Busboys & Poets: Yesterday morning, a D.C. resident posted a photo of B&P cardstock with “RACE CARD” emblazoned across the top in black lettering. “Did you perceive me as racist because I’m a white male?” it reads.

  • If you missed City Paper’s Initiative 77 panel at the Black Cat last night, here’s a mighty recap of what went down. Also this.

  • The D.C. Council voted for the second and final time yesterday on its fiscal year 2019 budget. It didn’t make many changes to its initial version, but did, notably, allocate additional funding for anti-violence initiatives after the city saw a spike in shootings.

  • District officials, including Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham and Mayor Muriel Bowser, held a press conference last night in Southeast D.C. to address that problem, which Bowser referred to as “unacceptable.”

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

  • D.C has seen a more than 50 percent spike in homicides over last year. [Post]

  • Bowser administration and some councilmembers disagree on student absences. [Post]

  • At City Paper forum on Initiative 77, Mendelson goes after “asshole patrons.” [Twitter]

  • Know your candidates: A brief voting guide for the District’s June 19 primaries. [WUSA9]

  • A Q&A with D.C. Shadow Sen. Michael Brown, a Dem running for re-election. [Post]

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

  • The Post’s Chris Richards remembers former Jonathan Fire*Eater frontman Stuart Lupton, who died Sunday at age 43. [Post]

  • Sara Curtin talks about her love of Radiohead in advance of the Radiohead tribute show at Black Cat. [DC Music Review]

  • The Phillips Collection’s first Chief Diversity Officer Makeba Clay wants to change the museum’s culture. [WAMU]

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

  • West African-inspired Sankofa Beer Company will sell hibiscus beer this summer. [WCP]

  • Loud restaurants are the norm, and they could cause you to change up your order. [Post]

  • A healthy fast food company from Britain lands on L Street NW. [PoPville]

  • Lead Eater critic Bill Addison shows Maydan some love. [Eater]

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

  • I’m begging you to leave the wholesome things wholesome, including, but not limited to, the little neighborhood libraries. [PoPville]

  • Crowd-sourced tips on how to avoid neighborly noise, and which buildings tend to have more of it. [PoPville]

  • Just what Capitol Hill needs: more expensive townhouses. [Urban Turf]

  • Among the Council’s tweaks to next year’s budget: more money for rapid rehousing. [Twitter]

HAPPENING TODAY

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