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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- 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? email@example.com)
- Muriel Bowser unveils a District statehood constitution—but what to call the state? [City Desk, Post, WAMU]
- 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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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]