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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

A report by Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless says a D.C. program that places homeless families in private apartments is “deeply flawed” and does not always prevent families from returning to the shelter system. Some recipients live in such bad conditions that they prefer shelter. D.C. invests more than $31 million a year in the program, three-quarters of which is funded by local tax dollars. The District says the program is working overall and has a limited purpose.


  • Peter Newsham confirmed as D.C. police chief. [Post, Times]

  • American U. releases video of person who likely hung bananas by nooses on campus. [Post]

  • Gunmen fired at least 30 bullets on Capitol Hill on Monday. [Post]

  • Children dove for cover at the sound of the shots. [WUSA9, NBC4]

  • Purple line supporters of many stripes rallied to push a judge to make a ruling on the transit line. [WAMU]

  • Despite delays, companies hired to build the Purple Line are committed. [Post]

  • Woman gets 12 years for attacking her boyfriend with sulfuric acid on a knife. [AP]

  • Marjea Martin, 15, has gone missing from Southeast D.C. [WUSA9]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Catch up on your new chief in this recent interview with Peter Newsham. [WCP]

  • An issue he’ll face: Many D.C. cops are walking away from the job. [WCP]

  • AU students protest university’s response to hate crime. [FOX5]

  • GWU resident advisors, unite! [DCist]

  • WaPo launches podcast on being mixed race in America. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Not quite $5 Fugazi shows, but Live Nation is offering $20 tickets to a bunch of D.C.-area shows. [DC Music Download]

  • D.C. theater history in the DC Theatre Scene podcast archives. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • ICYMI (which, if you did, good): Here are some pics of self-important journalists at The White House Correspondents Dinner. [Washingtonian]

  • Hand Grenade Job tour diary: In which Beck Levy returns to Florida. [WCP]

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

  • Bread Furst’s Mark Furstenberg wins a James Beard Award. [Washingtonian]

  • Get to know a set of D.C. restaurant families. [Zagat]

  • Bad timing: avocados are their priciest heading into Cinco de Mayo. [Post]

  • Maybe this is why. [WBJ]

  • Calls for tuna conservation on World Tuna Day. [WTOP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)rst-baker-ma

  • Federal agency won’t advance plans for FBI HQ development for a while. [WBJ]

  • 2,000 units of residential housing slated for Tenleytown and AU Park. [UrbanTurf]

  • The new micro-unit project in Dupont Circle that’s to open this summer. [Bisnow]

  • Listen to AU professor’s talk with Kojo Nnamdi on gentrification in D.C. [WAMU]

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