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One of the most troubling aspects of the hunt for Amazon has been the opaqueness with which D.C.’s bid has been developed.

At-Large Councilmember David Grosso released a long statement Thursday afternoon criticizing Muriel Bowser’s administration for “engag[ing] in a bidding war to curry favor with Amazon.” D.C. officials have been notoriously secretive of what exactly the city has offered Amazon czar Jeff Bezos for his business, and Grosso is (for now) calling BS. Earlier this week, candidate for the D.C. Council’s chairmanship Ed Lazere also called on the city to host a public meeting before finalizing an incentives package.


  • Mike Isabella won’t have a presence at Nats Park. Meet the women whose businesses will replace his. [WTOP]

  • Maryland will require every public school to have a “resource officer” or other law enforcement official on campus by the beginning of the next school year. [WTOP]

  • A Trader Joe’s customer got a side of lizard with her salad [gags]. [PoPville]

  • A win for public transit in Maryland. [GGW]

  • ICYMI: Howard students continue a week-long protest against deplorable living conditions; Bowser’s top lawyer quietly resigned; controversy as Andy Shallal plans an Anacostia outpost of Busboys and Poets. [All WCP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • MayorBowser’s top attorney left for a private sector job last month. [WCP]

  • Internal messages suggest Bowseradministration disliked government watchdog. [Post]

  • Bowser makes ambitious promise to repair roads in bad condition by 2024. [WUSA9]

  • Jury awards families of tenants killed in 2015 fire in Dupont Circle $15 million. [WJLA]

  • Council’s Vince Gray and Elissa Silverman attend D.C. statehood trivia night. [Twitter]

  • Trump’s EPA director Scott Pruitt partly looks bad over Le Diplomate demands. [NYT]

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

  • Former NASA scientistEllen Stofan tapped as the first woman to lead the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. [Post]

  • Nameless Theatre founders A’Leighsha Butler and Nia Barge talk about their new site-specific play Honey. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Ford’s Theatre reinvents a classic with The Wiz. [WCP]

  • Artist and photographer Cynthia Connelly’s new art project “is a van that is basically a mobile toolbox.” [WTOP]

  • The Monty Alexander Trio, Bobby McFerrin, and more jazz gigs to scope out this week. [WCP]

  • The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, and other quirky museums off the beaten path in the D.C. area. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • What happens after aBusboys & Poets opens in your neighborhood. [WCP]

  • A guide to local juice companies should be be considering a cleanse. [Edible]

  • Jake’s Tavern to open in Shaw. [PoPville]

  • New ways D.C. restaurants and bars are embracing sustainability. [DCRefined]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Fairfax broke ground on a homeless shelter that includes both emergency beds and supportive housing units, a first for the county. [WTOP]

  • The Banneker pool was filled last weekend. Now we wait for temperatures warm enough to enjoy it. [PoPville]

  • DCRA’s VeloCity program causes a stir. [NBC4]

  • A historic streetcar bridge in Northwest is on borrowed time. [Curbed]

  • All of the homes and condos sold in March. [PoPville]

  • All of the Planned Unit Developments stuck in the D.C. Court of Appeals. [GGW]

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