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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Tuesday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Caps lose. [WTOP] Five South Capitol Street shooters found guilty. [WAMU] Thies: The rent isn't too damn high. [NBCWashington] Chuck Brown has pneumonia. [Post] PHILLIES SUCK. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Monday, City Paper's Needle fell 2 points. The bad news: Farewell Caribbean Day Carnival Parade. The good news: Prince Harry came to town. Take a look here.

SIX CITY PAPER STORIES FROM THE LAST 24 HOURS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Affordable Housing Advocates Should Talk About Land Use, Too: "It's true, affordable housing people were the driving force behind inclusionary zoning, and smart growth advocates are getting to agitate more forcefully for the city to require developers who want public land to incorporate affordable housing into their proposals. But many developers avoid the public land process altogether, preferring not to deal with all the delays and frustrations. And affordable housing shouldn't be all about setting prices artificially low—it's also about letting builders build the amount of housing this city needs."

Neighbors: North Capitol Is Too Dangerous For A Weed Dispensary: Members of one Ward 5 civic association don't think medical marijuana dispensaries are inherently dangerous—just that their neighborhood is too dangerous for patients.

Young Dems Get New Prez: "This Saturday the group elected new members, including new president Toby Quaranta. The tally: Quaranta won 60 percent of the vote with about 80 votes. (Though Quaranta does point out that the voting occurred at 10 a.m. on Cinco de Mayo.) Quaranta, whose works as an account executive for a company that provides donor database services to Democrats in Congress, says he plans to move aggressively to recapture some of the Young Democrats energy of old."

New York Gets Bikeshare For Free, Still Charges Through The Nose: New York's bike share system is operated by the same company that operates ours, "yet, riders will still pay much more than they do here. The base rates are $10 per day, $25 per week, and $95 per year, plus $4 per hour and more beyond the first 30 minutes, which can get expensive fast."

“Song 1″ Extended at the Hirshhorn, and Geologist Added to Friday’s “Happening”: Good news for those of you who haven't seen Song 1 yet (and those of you who want to go back): the projection has been extended 'til May 20. And another act has been added to the line up for the Friday's sorta concert where live musicians play "I Only Have Eyes For You."

Pit Stops: University of the District of Columbia: LDP evaluates the bathrooms at UDC.

TIME FOR A SNACK PHOTO OF THE DAY: Appleblossom Festival

LINKDUMP AFTER THE JUMP!

LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Seniors rule in Ward 5 race [Times]
  • Will "white folks will get mad and vote, and black folks will get mad and stay home?" [Examiner]
  • The five rocky paths to budget autonomy [Roll Call]
  • FOP sues over Police Chief Cathy Lanier's role in contract talks [Times]
  • City pays $20,000 to settle lawsuits over faulty breathalyzers [Examiner]
  • CFO Nat Gandhi's friends in the press continue to make the case for his reappointment [Examiner]
  • No politics at Palisades parade? [Post]

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex blogger Lydia DePillis (tips? housingcomplex@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How tight is the D.C. housing market? This tight. [Urbanturf]
  • GGW writer backs McMillan plan. [GGW]
  • Stop stapling signs to trees! [DistCurm]
  • What the folks who re-did D.C.'s Colorado art plaza have going elsewhere. [AtlanticCities]
  • David Brooks moves to Ward 3. Will he adopt its morality? [PostNYT]
  • A D.C. public school has a planetarium. [Examiner]
  • Today on the marketA spot in the Mews.

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fisher (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C.'s theater season is white, male, and imported [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Photos from Candy Chang's "Before I Die" project at 14th and Q streets NW [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Chuck Brown was missed at the Harlem Renaissance Festival in Landover, Md. [Post]
  • Shady Grove might get its very own Patriot Center after all [Post]
  • The Pentagon was on board to work with Marvel's The Avengers—until it realized the film was unrealistic [Wired]
  • D.C. Caribbean Parade Moves to Baltimore [City Desk]
  • America Hearts releases a new video for "A Whole Lotta Love" [Vimeo]
  • Washington National Cathedral will dedicate its Rosa Parks statue on Thursday [AP/Huffington Post]
  • National Portrait Gallery director stepping down [Arts Desk]
  • Silo Halo files its first tour diary [DCist]

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