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“No one feels safe.”

The city predicts nearly half a million people will descend on downtown D.C. this Saturday to protest gun violence at the March for Our Lives, the student-led action demanding states restrict gun purchases and legislate around gun violence. The march will begin at noon on 12th Street NW and move down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol. Lyft will offer free rides to the rally for D.C. residents who register to attend by Friday. Here’s a map of the route, and here’s a list of road closures. Plan accordingly.

For WAMU, Kojo Nnamdi hosted a student town hall to parse how gun violence affects kids in D.C.  “How do we talk about gun violence when it’s not in the form of a mass shooting?” Nnamdi asked. “What about students in D.C. who fear gun violence on the way to and from school?”

Tonight, The Anthem is hosting a gun violence prevention benefit concerta musical space of support for students and protesters. 


  • Take a little money from a lot of pots to fund Metro. Here is a rundown of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed budget for next fiscal year. [WCP]

  • Sixteen-year-old Jaelynn Willey, the Maryland high school student shot on Tuesday by an ex-boyfriend, has been taken off of life support, her mother told WTOP. [WTOP]

  • Metro looks to (potentially) modernize its SmarTrip options. [WTOP]

  • We know what D.C.’s future looks like. It has palm trees. [Weather Channel]

  • The National Park Service tweeted Thursday that its “indicator” cherry blossom tree hit full bloom. That tree typically peaks about a week before the rest of them do, per NPS. [Twitter]

  • More from City Paper this week: Indie in D.C.: Killa Cakes edition [WCP]

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

  • D.C.’s Inspector General has a big assignment: investigating the school system. [WCP]

  • Vince Gray has not ruled out running as an Independent in the general election. [FOX5]

  • Prosecutors have dropped assault charges against most of Erdogan’s guards. [Post]

  • Bowser asks DC Water to freeze water and sewer rates for at least three years. [NBC4]

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

  • Jazz shows to catch: Akua Allrich, Joey Alexander, Yoko Miwa. [WCP]

  • The Glenstone Museum’s first exhibition after its long-awaited reopening will be a five-decade survey of feminist artist Louise Bourgeois. [Post]

  • And the Nation Building Museum’s summer exhibition will be… [Washingtonian]

  • D.C. rap legend NonChalantgives a rare interview, talks about being a female rapper in the ’90s. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

  • For the umpteenth time, there will not be aFugazi reunion. [Pitchfork]

  • At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a fitting sequel in Women House. [WCP]

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

  • Set to become a Pepco substation, the K Street Farm is the prototype for the broad-reaching benefits of urban farming. [WCP]

  • Bring your favorite take-out to these five D.C. bars. [WCP]

  • Le Diplomate doubles as a training facility for protecting VIPs.  [Washingtonian]

  • Where to head if you want Passover dinner but hate cooking. [Eater]

  • Joe & The Juice is open downtown. [PoPville]

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

  • A dispatch from D.C.’s beleaguered Housing Authority. [WCP]

  • DC General will resume its lunch program in mid-June, a Department of Human Services spokeswoman says. [WCP]

  • Just how important is affordable housing to the average D.C. resident? [GGW]

  • George Mason University receives a $5 million gift from the Koch Foundation. [WBJ]

  • Congress is blocking any funding for the FBI’s proposed renovation of its headquarters in D.C. [WBJ]

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