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A person or persons hung bananas from posts at American University. The words “Harambe” (the name of a gorilla shot and killed at Cincinnati Zoo) and “A.K.A.” (a black sorority) were written on the bananas. This comes on the heels of the election of the first black woman, Taylor Dumpson, as student body president at American. She released a statement yesterday. Last year, someone hurled bananas at black students and a dorm at American.


  • Shady Grove Fertility is the largest clinic of its kind in the nation. [Washingtonian]

  • United Medical Center in Southeast may need a cash infusion. [Post]

  • Thousands across the nation protested for immigrant rights yesterday. [FOX5, Post]

  • It’s still really hard to snap up a ticket to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. [AP]

  • D.C. area is second worst in the nation for mosquitoes. [NBC4, Times]

  • Red top parking meters downtown are only for people with disabilities. [NBC4]

  • Georgetown tech company gets a $190 million investment. [ABC7]

  • Limited love for the proposed new FBI building in the federal budget. [WBJ]

  • Classic spring weather, including a chance of showers, through Sunday. [Post]

  • Robbers steal a motorcycle at a traffic stop. [Post]

  • Two D.C. boys, 14 and 16, have been missing since the weekend. [WUSA9, WUSA9]


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

  • Brandon Todd’s troubles spark talk of election reform. [Post]

  • DCPS parents beware: Trump wants to loosen healthy lunch standards. [NBC4]

  • Kojo Show talks school vouchers. [WAMU]

  • Some businesses close, as labor and immigration activists march in protest of Trump policies. [WJLA]

  • ICYMI: Orange Line to close five stations for a month starting mid-May. [DCist]

  • Union bucks Metro privatization plan. [WAMU]

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

  • Watch the music video for Humble Fire’s new single, “Taliesin.” [DC Music Download]

  • If you still haven’t watched Hasan Minhaj’s remarks from the White House Correspondents’ dinner, well, you need to. [DCist]

  • Dolores Kendrick, D.C.’s poet laureate, still finds inspiration in her native city. [WAMU]

  • Listen to the debut from jazz band Kung Fu Bastard. [WCP]

  • How D.C.’s theatre companies are producing theatre that matters in the age of Trump. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • A complete guide to restaurant awards, including how they’re flawed. [Eater]

  • Drink gamay wine this month for a good cause. [Washingtonian]

  • Exploring cubism. [Post]

  • Leesburg gets a chocolate-themed restaurant tomorrow. [NoVa Mag]

  • The problem with snobbish wine tasting notes. [NPR]

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

  • What the most expensive homes in the D.C. area look like, and their costs. [Post]

  • New luxury building opens in Shaw with opulent rooftop and high rents. [PoPville]

  • Post e-board advises caution on contested Brookland Manor development. [Post]

  • The story of how that project was reduced from its originally planned size. [GGW]

  • Looks like Busboys and Poets will not open in Anacostia until 2018. [UrbanTurf]

  • The city’s new inclusionary zoning requirements take effect in June. [UrbanTurf]

  • Affordable-housing talk with developers and advocates this afternoon. [DCFPI]

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