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City Paper cares about facts. That’s what readers expect from us—writing nothing but the facts—and rightfully so.

But this week, we’re shaking things up. City Paper asked writers to send us short fictional stories, something completely made up and imaginative but inspired by the city we live in. And they did just that. The winning entries can be found in our annual fiction issue, available in print and online

“The three stories … [take] readers past a now-transformed shopping area, to the tops of towers, and through the decades in a single apartment. In those same stories, readers will see how places, relationships, and cultural standards change over time,” writes City Paper’s Caroline Jones in Thursday’s cover story.

So before you go on to read the latest news of the day, take a break and free your mind. The news will be there when you return.

Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com


CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • The few B30 bus riders are a diverse group, from flyers to airport workers to people experiencing homelessness. They all rely on the route and worry about its future. One such person is Amy, who rides it to BWI Airport every weekday for shelter. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s housing crisis is everyone’s problem—even the wealthy’s. [WAMU]

  • Does D.C.’s school choice system hurt neighborhood schools? [Post]

  • Look at that: The New York Times’ number one place to visit this year is D.C. [NYT

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser says outgoing Councilmember Jack Evans made significant mistakes but laments the loss of an ally. [Post]

  • Jump to 50:30 to watch Bowser answer questions about Evans and call some councilmembers “enemies of economic development.” [Facebook]

  • With Evans gone, who will champion business interests in D.C.? [WBJ, Twitter]

  • A special election to fill Evans’ seat will take place June 16, two weeks after the June 2 Democratic primary. [WAMU]

  • At-Large Councilmember Robert Whitedefends his decision to accept campaign donations from corporate entities. [Twitter]

  • Bowser will hold a press conference at noon today on D.C.’s security preparedness and at 4 p.m. will celebrate the opening of a Ruth’s Chris Steak House. [EOM]

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

  • New York restaurateur Danny Meyer opens his first D.C. restaurant and implements his no-tipping, “hospitality-included” labor model. [WCP]

  • Famous people who attended said restaurant’s opening included Nancy Pelosi. [Washingtonian

  • The food at two D.C. hotels only deserves two stars from critic Tom Sietsema. [Post]

  • Finding childcare is close to impossible for hospitality industry professionals. Some restaurants are working to fix it. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How local theater starCraig Wallace goes from preparing to play Troy in Fences to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. [WCP]

  • Inside D.C.-area documentary photographer Mark Parascandola’s dive into the Chinese film industry. [WCP]

  • Go-go is one step closer to becoming the District’s official music. [DCist]

  • Remembering James Goode and his books on area architecture. [Post]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Orlando Magic dominated the Wizards last night, 123-89. But once again one of the team’s two-way players proved to be a bright spot. This time it was Anžejs Pasečņiks, who finished with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. [WCP]

  • To truly reboot his NFL franchise, Dan Snyder needs to have a more public presence and display more transparency with the media and fans. [WCP]

  • Olympic champion and D.C. native Katie Ledecky is launching a program for middle school students which encourages them to pursue careers in STEM fields. [Post]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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