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 On Thursday, the Washington Post released the results of a poll finding that nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not “bothered” by the name of the Washington football team. (More on its methodology here.) Reaction to the poll was swift, with the team’s leaders capitalizing on its results and members of the Native community objecting.


  • Metro on Thursday released its finalized long-term maintenance plan, which kicks off June 4. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • The Capital Pool Checkers Club in Shaw—a neighborhood institution—is fighting to stay open. [WUSA9]
  • On Wednesday, a D.C. fire captain was arrested and charged with drug and firearm offenses. [Post, NBC4]
  • Advocates say the District’s education budget doesn’t adequately fund charter school facilities. [City Desk]
  • Domku, D.C.’s first Scandinavian and Slavic restaurant, located in Petworth, is closing. [Young & Hungry]
  • Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick discusses the future of the strapped school. [WAMU]
  • Marijuana legalization activists are planning a “mass die-in” outside of the White House today. [City Desk]


  • Off Theme: Are D.C.’s restaurants going down the rabbit hole on themes? Young & Hungry investigates.
  • Catches and Catchphrases: Unobstructed View ranks the five best catchphrases from D.C. sports teams.
  • “Complete Authority”: D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Nortontold off her Republican peers on Tuesday.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jack Evans‘s totally legal, totally shady side job. [LL
  • Vince Gray: I’m still winning in Ward 7 ! [LLDCist]
  • Public Service Commission pushes Pepco-Exelon merger deadline. [WBJ]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton goes off on congressional Republicans.  [WCP]
  • Post ed board not fans of Republican meddling in budget autonomy. [Post]
  • At-large hopeful David Garber on The Politics Hour today. [WAMU]
  • More on the District’s contributory negligence law. [WAMU]
  • Muriel Bowser helps open Hillary Clinton’s District office. [Borderstan]

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

  • Kelow LaTesha on growing up as an artist—and a person. [Post]
  • Photos from ASCAP’s “We Write These Songs” event at the Library of Congress. [DCist]
  • Black Cat will move up start times for shows to accommodate Metro closing early on weekends. [DC Music Download]
  • How T.J. Lipple became one of the most sought after music engineers in the D.C. area. [Bandwidth]
  • Listen to the DC Improvisers Collective‘s “Dark Matter Denial.” [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Artisanal marijuana crab cakes: Is this the future of getting high? [Post]
  • The sandwiches that truly changed America [Thrillist]
  • Rufino Bautista is the new executive chef at Estadio. [Washingtonian]
  • Eight spring desserts to try around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Livin’ The Pie Life now open in Arlington. [ARLnow]
  • The Hay-Adams taps a new executive chef. [WBJ]