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

The judge who sentenced Evans Ray Jr. to life in prison said, during the sentencing hearing, that he didn’t want to do it. But life was the mandatory sentence. Twelve years later President Obama granted Ray clemency, and today he is putting his life back together in Prince George’s County. Both judge and former drug dealer are speaking out.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The black sorority targeted in AU hate crime is a multi-generational force of nature. Its Congresswomen alumnae are speaking out. [NBC4]

  • Townhalls, demonstrations, and student leader speak on AU hate crimes. [ABC7, WUSA9, WAMU]

  • D.C. has plans to build a $500 million jail, but the public is in the dark. [Post]

  • Police arrested two teens for Mount Pleasant burglaries. [Post]

  • Kojo on the lifespan of greater Washington’s buildings. [WAMU]

  • Army paratroopers reunite after 20 years, one donating a kidney to the other. [WUSA9]

  • Details on Saturday’s U Street Funk Parade. [WTOP]

  • Retired D.C. cop David Swinson is publishing crime novels. [FOX5]

  • Design drawings are in for a large new park along R Street NE. [GGW]

  • Expect heavy rain and possible flooding until lunchtime. [ABC7, FOX5]

  • Wizards fans: Do not panic. [NBC4]

  • A 14-year-old girl, Daejia Roberts, is missing. [WUSA9]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • DCPS teacher sues for harassment, discrimination. [WUSA9]

  • Proposed bill will require restaurants to have rat control plan. [DCist]

  • “I love what I do.” Vance will work through cancer treatments. [NBC4]

  • A guide to D.C. burglaries in 2016. [D.C. Policy Center]

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

  • Mike of Doom gets personal on his latest album, MICHAEL. [WCP]

  • To celebrate 15 years, Transformer co-founder Victoria Reis is launching a New Jersey satellite to extend the reach of her beloved art space. [WCP]

  • Get a sneak peak of the Museum of the Bible, set to open in November. [Post]

  • Breakin’ Even Fest co-founders Bryan Flowersand Steven Rovery talk about the second year of their festival. [DC Music Download]

  • The Sackler Gallery to close in July (but reopen in October, fully renovated and with Buddhas and cats). [DCist]

  • D.C.’s next big hip-hop star: Chaz French. [Post]

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

  • Bar Bao opens May 11 in Clarendon, view the menus. [WCP]

  • Eden Center is expanding beyond Vietnamese cuisine. [Post]

  • Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today. [Washingtonian]

  • The best produce to buy this month at farmers markets. [WTOP]

  • Owners of this restaurant really want Dave Matthews to dine there. [Eater]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. sues the landlord of a rent-controlled building in Columbia Heights. [WCP]

  • Churches: the next project fad among D.C.-area developers? [Washingtonian]

  • Most homes for sale in D.C. right now are priced above $1 million. [UrbanTurf]

  • Neighbors complain about new buildings being constructed in Southwest. [ABC7]

  • Interim replacement for MLK Jr. Memorial Library to debut next week. [DCist]

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