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Union Arts, a collective of studios for about 30 artists near Union Market that also has a performance space, will become a boutique hotel later this year after the building was purchased for $7 million in June. Though its developer intends for the hotel to have an arts program, many of Union Arts’ tenants fear their community will get displaced.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The firefighters’ union says a technical issue in private ambulances D.C. hired isn’t so bad. [WAMU]
  • Regional leaders have concerns about potential long-term Metro closures, but some say they could accept them. [Post]
  • The alleged gunman in the Captiol Hill incident on Monday was wielding a BB gun. [Post, Politico]
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s director says it will mention accusations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby in one of its forthcoming exhibitions. [WAMU]
  • The D.C. Attorney General’s Office sued a man who falsely claimed to be an immigration lawyer. [WTOP]
  • Next week, the District will begin a second wave of community meetings on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to close D.C. General. [City Desk]
  • Today, however, the mayor kicks off an annual campaign to fill the District’s many potholes. [NBC4, Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • Patio Season: “Outdoor spaces have become an intrinsic part of the District’s dining culture,” Y&H writes.
  • School Food: After a whistleblower lawsuit, D.C. Public Schools seems unlikely to implement in-house food services for its students.
  • Alleged Metro Assault: A woman says two “girls” attacked her inside the Petworth station on Wednesday.

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

  • Post ed board: closing Metro lines “an insult to riders.” [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser wants to hear the reasoning for any long-term Metro line shutdown. [Post]
  • LaRuby May on The Politics Hour. [WAMU]
  • Boom in kids requires better schools, says Deborah Simmons. [Times]
  • Out: the fridge. In: the “freedge.” [Borderstan]
  • Post newspaper vendor accused of stabbing. [NBC4]

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

  • This week’s cover: The fight to save Union Arts isn’t just about saving a building—it’s about protecting the future of D.C.’s arts space. [WCP]
  • Smithsonian will finally acknowledge Bill Cosby‘s many sexual assault and rape allegations. [DCist]
  • Fat Trel was arrested for using counterfeit money at Maryland Live Casino. [Bandwidth]
  • Rare Essence announces its first new album in over a decade. [Arts Desk]
  • After GWU’ booted Action Bronson off their Spring Fling concert lineup because of student complaints, more students are complaining about that decision. [Washingtonian]
  • How Virginia’s Satan’s Satyrs are keeping the ’70s metal tradition alive. [Bandwidth]

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

  • Essential pho restaurants around D.C. [Eater]
  • Try Rachel’s Hot Cousin at the BBQ Joint. [Washingtonian]
  • Salt Line will bring even more seafood to the Capitol Riverfront in 2017. [Post]
  • Five must-try dishes at Convivial [Zagat]
  • New seafood spot from Pork Barrel BBQ owners coming to Alexandria. [WBJ]
  • Hitler couldn’t defeat Churchill, but Champagne nearly did. [NPR]