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

Lost amid coverage of the mayor’s budget proposal last week was D.C. Council’s approval of a five-year, $100 million sustainable energy contract in which Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office intervened to benefit a politically connected company. Vermont Energy Investment Corp.has a record of questionable expenses and performance.


  • Thousands expected in D.C. tomorrow to demand Trump’s tax returns. [Post]

  • More on the chaos at VA hospital that prompted probe. [Post]

  • Veterans react to the revelations. [NBC4]

  • Preserving Dorothy’s slippers takes a lot of love and a lot of money. [WAMU]

  • Bernadette “Peaches” Halton has worked at Ben’s Chili Bowlsince 1977. [Post]

  • More than 200 poets write haikus to Obama. [Post]

  • Capitals win first playoff game in overtime. [AP, Post]

  • Tax deadline is Tuesday, April 18 this year. [AP]

  • Expect traffic problems this weekend. [WTOP]

  • Your guide to area Easter egg hunts. [NBC4]

  • They were stuck on a roller coaster at Six Flags in Md. for hours last night. [Post]

  • Petula explains that Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. [Post]

  • In D.C.’s toddler boom, a private club opens for people under six. [WTOP]

  • Three youth, ages 15, 16, and 20, have gone missing. [WUSA9, WUSA9, WUSA9]


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

  • Loose change: How Bowserwill spend $1 million for statehood. [DCist]

  • D.C. sex assault victims will have greater support under new legislation. [WTOP]

  • Is that a chicken in your yard? Well get rid of it. [WAMU]

  • Teacher gets D.C. teens from private and public schools to talk race. [WAMU]

  • Five years of 100 percent graduation for National Collegiate Prep. [FOX5]

  • There’s something rotten in Foggy Bottom. [WJLA]

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

  • Roni Horn‘s timeless drawings shine in Glenstone’s crystal-cool show. [WCP]

  • Oddisee reflects on his new album, The Iceberg. [Post]

  • Pointless Theatre’s .D0t:: A RotoPlastic Ballet looks to the past for its bold futuristic style. [Post]

  • At The Phillips Collection, a whole lot of George Condo. [WCP]

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

  • A retired teacher in Silver Spring made a Tom Peepsma diorama. [WCP]

  • The Cherry Blossom Pop-Up has almost run its course. What’s next? [Washingtonian]

  • Don’t eat the raw fish at Donald Trump’s “Winter Whitehouse,” Mar-a-Lago. [Post]

  • Head to these restaurants for Tax Day food and drink specials. [DCist]

  • Here’s Chef José Andrés rapping about immigration. [smule]

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

  • Bowser administration awards homes to developer despite council law. [WCP]

  • Sanford Capital affiliate tells bankruptcy court it’s hemorrhaging money. [WBJ]

  • The rise of co-living spaces in the District and why people choose them. [Post]

  • Neighborhood profile: Shepherd Park, on the border with Silver Spring. [Post]

  • Baptist corporation plans 100-unit affordable development in Northeast. [WBJ]

  • Law lowering some deed-recordation taxes is enacted but unfunded. [UrbanTurf]

  • A nine-unit boutique condominium project is proposed for West End. [UrbanTurf]

  • Some nonprofits are getting squeezed out of the District’s office market. [Bisnow]

  • Deanwood apartment complex sells to Boston developer for $9 million. [Bisnow]

  • A bunch of new developments are springing up around Nationals Park. [JDLand]

  • LGBTQ service/advocacy group Casa Rubygets national attention. [NBC4]

  • Study: D.C. region is one of the most economically segregated in the U.S. [GGW]

  • “Let’s remember the basics of good urban planning.” [GGW]

  • D.C.’s Brutalist buildings, ranked. [GGW]

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