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Metro is a mess this morning for riders on the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines. Reports of smoke closed the Orange and Silver lines between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon and the Blue Line between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery.


  • But who needs Metro when you can pay $34 for a three-mile Uber ride? [Post]
  • With museum plans scrapped, Franklin School attracts five new suitors. [Housing Complex]
  • Do D.C. police overuse the charge of “assaulting a police officer”? [Center for Investigative Reporting]
  • Shake Shack starts serving breakfast sandwiches at Union Station today. [Washingtonian]


‘Tis the Season: We’re hosting a concert at one of the area’s newest music venues on Wednesday to kick off our Summer Arts Guide.

Upscale Cheesesteak: This is the fanciest Philly cheesesteak you’ll ever eat in waffle form.

‘Sphere Today…: Artisphere cost Arlington County millions. Should that matter?

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

  • Muriel Bowser picks LaRuby May wins in Ward 8 by fewer than 100 votes. [LLPost]
  • In the District, “assaulting a police officer” doesn’t always involve much assault. [Reveal]
  • Colby King: look at the Baltimores inside the District. [Post]
  • Body camera FOIA fight will go beyond budget vote. [PostPost]
  • District sues couple accused of bad house flipping. [WAMU]
  • Auditor will look at police use-of-force rules. [Post]
  • With museum deal quashed, new bidders compete for the Franklin School. [Housing ComplexWBJ]
  • Some students face long commutes. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. sues Results Gym founder for operating illegal Dupont party house on Airbnb. [UrbanTurf]
  • Can D.C. and other cities hold onto families with children? [Post]
  • Columbia Road NW storefronts will remain as property gets redeveloped. [UrbanTurf]
  • An interactive visualization of D.C.-area streetcar planning over the years. [GGW]
  • Rosslyn aims to become bike-friendly. [WashCycle]
  • Today on the market: Adams Morgan 2BR condo—-$799,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Come out to our Summer Arts Guide kickoff this Wednesday! Here’s why you should see two of our favorite local acts, the El Mansouris and Kokayi, at AMP. [Arts Desk]
  • Nine facts about the newest Smithsonian museum: the forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture [City Lab]
  • Since Muriel Bowser killed plans to turn an abandoned historic building into ICE, a contemporary arts center, five more plans are on the table. Will it be fancy condos? A hotel? Fancy condos in a hotel? [Housing Complex]
  • A preview of the Washington Jewish Music Festival [BYT]
  • Anchored by CityDance, the African American Civil War Museum, Step Afrika!, and Imagination Stage, an old elementary school will become a “cultural hub” for U Street. [Post]

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

  • 10 spots to day drink in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Can the piña colada be saved from syrupy flavors and sappy lyrics? [Post]
  • A guide to dining along the waterfront [Eater]
  • Boozy festivals to check out this month [DCist]
  • Barbecue food truck Sloppy Mama’s opening brick-and-mortar store in June. [NoVa Mag]
  • Mess Hall hosts Nepalese family-style dinner on May 15. [PoPville]