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  • Will the dissolution and debacles of the DC Trust sway voters in the Ward 7 D.C. Council race? [Post]
  • Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s awaited maintenance plan is almost ready for release. [WAMU]
  • The suspect in Tuesday’s busjacking allegedly smoked synthetic drugs and PCP before the incident. [Post]
  • A Chevy Chase family is getting into a literal chicken fight with the D.C. Department of Health. [WAMU]
  • Post editorial board: Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to get D.C. statehood is sensible and morally just. [Post]
  • A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a Marriott hotel as well as street closures in West End. [Borderstan]
  • Animal control had to collect a baby beaver that was found near the Van Ness Metro station. [DCist, WTOP]


  • Loan Ranger: Can Leon Andrews oust incumbent Brandon Todd in the Ward 4 D.C. Council race?
  • “Infinity Mirrors”: The Hirshhorn will show a hall-of-mirrors exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
  • “Project 500”: The D.C. government and American University want to help businesses in Wards 7 and 8.

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

  • Post ed board likes Muriel Bowser‘s statehood plan. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh backs Vincent Orange‘s rival in the at-large race. [LL]
  • D.C. Trust collapse looms in the Ward 7 race. [Post]
  • Metro GM preps his big maintenance plan. [WAMU]
  • Department of Health cracks down on backyard chickens—but who’s really in the right? [WAMU]
  • District, American U team up for start-ups. [WBJ]
  • ANC takes up Whitman-Walker plan. [Blade]

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

  • D.C. Council passes resolution honoring jazz. [Arts Desk]
  • Irish performing arts company Solas Nua is back in D.C. [Post]
  • Chillin’ hard with Go Cozy. [Bandwidth]
  • DC Music Download launches new podcast, discusses women in D.C. music scene and sexism in the first episode. [DC Music Download]
  • Comic book nerds to host “flash mob” in Dupont Circle in honor of nerdy comic book movie opening. [Borderstan]
  • The Hirshhorn will host a major mirror show by Yayoi Kusamain 2017. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Johnny’s Half Shell is taking over Cashion’s Eat Place. [Politico]
  • 15 can’t miss food and drink events in May [Zagat]
  • The magic behind D.C. institution Calvert Woodley Wine & Spirits [DC Refined]
  • Indie movie house with bar to open in Mount Pleasant this weekend. [Borderstan]
  • First look and taste test of Shouk [BYT]
  • Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. now has a food truck. [Eater]
  • Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo [Post]