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On Friday, the District unveiled a new draft constitution, part of an ambitious push for D.C. statehood that entails a constitutional convention in June and a ballot referendum in November. But what should such a new state be called? Some were divided on that question, and other details in the constitution, at the draft’s debut at the Lincoln Cottage.


  • Metro has released a maintenance plan that will happen over the next year. [WAMU, City Desk]
  • Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld discusses those plans and other issues facing the agency. [NBC4]
  • A man was fatally shot on the 2900 block of Nelson Place SE early Sunday morning. [Post]
  • John Stabb, a fixture in the District’s punk-rock scene, died of cancer at the age of 54. [Arts Desk, WTOP]
  • President Barack Obama spoke at Howard University’s commencement address on Saturday. [WAMU]
  • Capital Weather Gang: “This May is a cloudy, damp mess.” [Post]


  • Concrete Details: The family homeless shelters proposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser range in designs.
  • Republic Restoratives: The first women-owned distillery in the District opened in Ivy City on Sunday.
  • The Potanist: City Paper now has a column devoted to growing, consuming, and appreciating marijuana.

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

  • Muriel Bowser unveils a District statehood constitution—but what to call the state? [City DeskPostWAMU]
  • Considering the new homeless shelter designs. [City Desk]
  • Bowser’s Friday appearance on The Politics Hour. [WAMU]
  • Exurban property values flail while District property values rise. [Post]
  • Post ed board: Metro plan is “tough medicine.” [Post]
  • Uptick in violations of District gender bathroom rules. [WBJ]
  • Maybe the new Metro plan isn’t so onerous. [Post]

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

  • Government Issue‘s John Stabb dies at 54. [Arts Desk]
  • How Artomatic evolved into Frederick. [Arts Desk]
  • Rare Essence‘s Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson talks about the bands new single “Turn it Up.” [Bandwidth]
  • Important life lessons D.C. musicians learned from their moms. [DC Music Download]
  • Coming soon to Tysons: This really long waterslide. [Washingtonian]
  • Is this funky? [Arts Desk]

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

  • The best breakfast sandwiches [DCist]
  • Eight stories about mom’s cooking [Post]
  • There’s a huge surplus of American cheese in the U.S. [NPR]
  • Get a sneak peek of The Bird at The Pig. [Borderstan]
  • In light of N.C. law, D.C. businesses see slight uptick in reports of gender-specific bathroom violations. [WBJ]
  • Why won’t Donald Trump touch food with his hands? [Eater]