A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

It’s important to be role models for a younger generation who want to be in the STEM field but don’t think they can.

Three D.C. students face internet-fostered racism in their bid for a NASA science prize. After developing a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains, Banneker High School students began to promote their project on social media. “But while the teens were gaining traction on social media and racking up votes,” The Washington Post’s Perry Stein writes, “users on 4chan—an anonymous Internet forum where users are known to push hoaxes and spew racist and homophobic comments—were trying to ensure the students wouldn’t win.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. NFL team’s president Bruce Allen says he’s “very concerned” by reports that people treat the team’s cheerleaders like escorts. [WTOP]

  • Loudon County joins in on regulating short-term rentals like Airbnb. [WTOP]

  • Virginia makes $66 million from express lane tolls. [Post]

  • Maryland’s seafood industry loses 40 percent of workers in visa lottery. [Post]

  • Why’d the duckling cross the road? [WAMU]

  • A shared street in Dupont Circle? [GGW]

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

  • Bowser budget proposes slashing anti-eviction funding for police-data funding. [WCP]

  • Councilmembers Trayon White and Anita Bonds propose guidelines for eviction proceedings. [WCP]

  • A battle over an ex-resident’s rights and co-op unit riles the Watergate complex. [Post]

  • Service-workers union 32BJ SEIU endorses Council incumbents—except one. [Twitter]

  • Trans-led group endorses first-time runners Ed Lazere and Jeremiah Lowery. [Twitter]

  • On May 2, 1802, the City of Washington, D.C was incorporated. Not a state yet. [Twitter]

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

  • The 28th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival kicks off. [WCP]

  • RBG’s red carpet rollout for RBG premiere. [Washingtonian]

  • Druid Theatre makes sense of Waiting for Godot. [WCP]

  • After roof collapse, Merriweather Post Pavilion reopens. [WAMU]

  • Wonder Woman 2 is filming in D.C. and at Alexandria’s Landmark Mall this summer. [WBJ]

  • ’90s power pop soundtracks a love story in Signature Theatre’s Girlfriend. [WCP]

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

  • Happy 50th anniversary Stoney’s. [WCP]

  • Chef facing lawsuits and bankruptcy cancels plans for D.C.’s Village Whiskey. [WCP]

  • Tom Sietsema’s “Spring Dining Guide” hails Elle and dings Kith and Kin. [Post]

  • A casual Turkish street food restaurant is coming to feed the lunch crowd. [Eater]

  • Roll up your sleeves for crab season. [Washingtonian]

  • Bardo owner considers expansion. [WBJ]

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

  • The fire in a Brightwood Park apartment building that displaced half a dozen families, and the horrors they say they’ve endured. [WCP]

  • Please, I’m begging you, throw out your Christmas trees already. IT’S MAY. [PoPville]

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