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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Wednesday! We are still dealing with all the feelings created by last night's episode of Glee. How about you?

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Kenyan McDuffie wins the Ward 5 special election. [WAMU] Inspector General releases critical audit of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority [WTOP] D.C. Council tentatively approves budget with no tax increases. [Times] Georgetown University in hot water with area archbishop after inviting Kathleen Sebelius to speak at commencement. [Post] Frank Gehry bends to the will of critics of Eisenhower memorial design—but he's not getting rid of those controversial metal tapestries. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Tuesday, City Paper's Needle ticked down 2 points. The bad news: Metro cars now opening doors before the train stops. The good news: Bike and Ride at College Park Metro. Take a look here.

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

Kenyan McDuffie Wins Ward 5 Special Election: "The unofficial results have McDuffie, an attorney and former policy advisor in Mayor Vince Gray's administration, winning in a landslide of 40 percent of the votes in a field of 11 candidates."

With Gueverra On The Way Out, Community College Students Vent Frustration: LDP explains why Jonathan Guevarra's decision to bounce is not good news for the school: "It's a loss for a couple reasons: One, because Gueverra was generally well-respected, and had started to build a reputation for the school that will be somewhat diminished when he departs. And two, because it's going to be awfully difficult to attract high quality candidates to replace someone who left because of a lack of support."

Are The Fojol Bros. Racist?: Though we've never tried the purveyors of Indian/Thai/Ethiopian food, apparently complaints about their made up countries and fake ethnicities and turbans and mustaches and poorly conceived stage names have been going on for some time. Still, one Drew Franklin's open letter on Facebook inspired a petition calling on the owners to stop using their questionable marketing. Shani Hilton agrees that it's racist (though somewhat low on the scale of things we should worry about). Commenters are split.

Council Increases Arts Commission Budget to $11.9 Million: "Given preliminary approval today, the D.C. Council's budget adjustments include an additional $6.8 million for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities—bringing its total budget to about $11.9 million, including $846,000 in government and other funds.  (Or, if you include the unlikely transfer of a $2.5 million federal program already benefiting D.C. organizations, as the budget does, $14.4 million.) A final vote is scheduled for June 5."

District Moving Forward–Again–With Bite-Sized Piece of Hill East: "First, everything was happening on Reservation 13, the 67-acre piece of land located just south of RFK Stadium on the Anacostia River. Then very little was happening. Finally, nothing: Mayor Vince Gray seemed to have decided as recently as March that the project was a lost cause in this development cycle, unless a Redskins training facility fell out of the sky onto the site. Now, Gray has decided to move forward with the two most shovel-ready 'pads,' closest to the surrounding homes and the Stadium-Armory Metro stop."

Bomb Scare At Downtown LGBT Advocacy Offices: Yesterday, LAPD sent MPD a bomb threat they'd received that threatened national LGBT organizations. MPD began evacuating the Human Rights Campaign and several other groups from their downtown offices, searched for a bomb, and found nothing.

WHAT A PARTY PHOTO OF THE DAY: Man Buttoning Shirt by Matt Dunn

LINKDUMP AFTER THE JUMP!

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

  • Kenyan McDuffie wins easy in Ward 5 race "It’s a mandate — people want ethical, honest leadership." [Post]
  • Budget passes. Watch out for more speed cameras  [TimesExaminer]
  • Post says Council "heavily revised" Vince Gray's budget, but mayor says budget "closely tracks my priorities." Can they both be right? [Post]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says she's been denied opportunity to testify on bill affecting D.C. abortion [DCist]
  • The death of DCPS? [Examiner]
  • Bite-sized progress at Hill East proposed [HC]
  • D.C. Community College students aren't happy [HC]

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

  • Affordable housing wins big. [PostHousingforAll]
  • Somehow, Dulles changed America. [DCist]
  • Cash for ARCH. [CHotR]
  • Commercial landlords, brace yourselves: Feds shrinking down. [WBJ]
  • Old Soldiers get a garden. [ParkViewDC]
  • More floating facades, this time near Navy Yard. [Urbanturf]
  • Fewer people dying in traffic these days. [TBD]
  • Today on the market: Fabulous colonial.

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Ellen DeGeneres gets the Mark Twain prize [Washingtonian]
  • Coolest Swedish pop star ever Robyn will DJ a set at U Street Music Hall July 7 [Post]
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center announces its 2012-2013 season [Post]
  • On the Folger Shakespeare Library's effort to make its collection more accessible [Huffington Post]
  • DCist reporter manhandled by Jeopardy! flack [DCist]

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