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It’s a marvelous Thursday for hockey fans across the DMV. The weather will clear up today in celebration: Expect all sun, all day. Go play some mini golf in the Caps’ honor.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Here’s to hoping you didn’t miss one of the most historic games in Washington sports history: The Washington Capitals will head to the Stanley Cup Final after defeating Tampa Bay 4-0 Wednesday night.

  • The Posttraces the unsolved murders of six black girls who disappeared in the early ’70s. The homicides are believed to be the first serial killings in Washington, and came to be known as the Freeway Phantom Murders.

  • D.C. needs more plastic like it needs a punch in the mouth. Why is the newest bar fad one that’s terrible for the environment?

  • Joke, if you must, about the White House sinkhole, but it’s actually incredibly difficult to protect public land against major flooding. Here’s what engineers do to protect damage to the National Mall.

  • You’re invited:City Paper is hosting a free panel on Initiative 77 on May 29 at Black Cat. Initiative 77 would do away with the tipped minimum wage, and the battle over the vote is both high stakes and highly emotional. Voters decide June 19.

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

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  • Bowser contests Council plan to fund arts through commercial property taxes. [Post]

  • Lyft asks its riders to oppose a tax increase on ride-hailing services. [FOX5]

  • Duke Ellington families get reprieve from school enrollment investigation. [Post, WAMU]

  • At-Large Councilmember David Grosso blasts Bowser on schools, cooperation. [Twitter]

  • Church leaders and water expert say proposal to subsidize water fees falls short. [NBC4]

  • Former Ward 1 D.C. Council candidate Bryan Weaver finally gets his trash bin. [WJLA]

  • Ward 1 D.C. Council hopeful Kent Boesegarners LGBTQ endorsement. [Metro Weekly]

  • Following a recent Supreme Court decision, D.C. could legalize sports gambling. [Post]

  • D.C. income inequality maps onto demographic, racial, and educational divides. [DCPC]

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

  • Red Hare’s Jason Farrell talks about the band’s new album and the “circle of punk.” [Post-Trash]

  • D.C. songwriter Rob Stokes on the weirdness of heartache. [Post]

  • Check out the set times and more details for the upcoming Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival. [DC Music Download]

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

  • A comprehensive guide to barbecue in D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • A new chef has turned things around at Momofuku CCDC , says Tom Sietsema. [Post]

  • What’s the real deal with kombucha’s benefits? [Eater]

  • McDonald’s workers file sexual harassment complaints. [WBJ]

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

  • It’s looking likely that Greystar will develop 1 million square feet of residential and retail space north of Nats Park. [WBJ]

  • Eleanor Holmes Norton is here to make sure you’re not disturbed by the sound of choppers flying over your home. [PoPville]

  • This Petworth market, damaged by a fire last year, is up and running again. [PoPville]

  • Community infighting over the prospect of Amazon’s HQ2 continues. [WAMU]

HAPPENING TODAY

  • Brooklyn noise rock trio A Place to Bury Strangers performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.

  • David J. Linden, professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, speaks at Politics and Prose at The Wharf about the book he edited, Think Tank, in which he asks and gets answers from 40 neuroscientists about what aspect of brain function they would most like to explain to the world. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.

  • Canadian indie rock band Suuns performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $16.

  • ANC 8D meets at 7:00 p.m. 4601 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.

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