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On Friday, a court released hundreds of pages of files related to the 2010 Vince Gray shadow campaign investigation. Will the revelations harm the ex-mayor’s chances of ousting incumbent (and protégé) Yvette Alexander from the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council? That remains to be seen before the June primary.


  • A man was killed and another injured near a school in Adams Morgan on Sunday. [Post, Borderstan]
  • Musicians and appreciators want to make the District’s jazz scene great again. Can they? [Post]
  • A fire near the Rosslyn Metro station caused delays on the Orange and Blue lines today. [NBC4, FOX5]
  • The D.C. Council is expected to vote on cannabis clubs tomorrow. Activists are concerned. [City Desk]
  • Report: At-risk D.C. Public Schools students may not be getting targeted funding they need. [WAMU]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser wants residents to consider D.C. statehood at the ballot box. [City Desk, Post]
  • Leftist group D.C. for Democracy hasn’t endorsed any Bowser allies in the 2016 elections. [Loose Lips]
  • It’s going to be a nice week weather-wise. Like 80-degrees-and-sunny nice. [Post]


  • Reelin’ in the Years: Go forth and see some FilmfestDC flicks this week using City Paper as your guide.
  • Robert Irwin at the Hirshhorn: Arts critic Kriston Capps calls the current exhibit “the best in a decade.”
  • Teen Jeopardy!: Contestants in the game show were in D.C. last week and visited Ben’s Chili Bowl.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Huge Vince Gray/Jeff Thompson files release raises question about Gray, family member. [LL, LL, WAMU, Times]
  • Read the files. [LL]
  • Gray revelations don’t play out on the campaign trail. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser wants a legally pointless referendum on statehood. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • More on Bowser’s statehood and budget autonomy efforts. [Post]
  • RIP your pot club dreams. [City Desk]
  • 2010 Gray campaign finance director Reuben Charles gets 60 days in prison for tax charge. [Post]
  • New police union head takes over, with an eye for less confrontation. [Blade]
  • Bowser pal’s D.C. Water nomination founders. [LL]
  • District settles Peaceoholics lawsuit with Ron Moten. [LL]

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

  • PJ Harvey‘s new album, which features a number of songs about D.C., “sounds like journalism.” [Post]
  • Not a Portlandia character: Bethesda folk artist Jacob Newman is trying to write a song about all 700+ Pokémon. [Washingtonian]
  • Jeopardy! teens love their half smokes. [Arts Desk]
  • Joe’s Record Paradise turns to crowdfunding to save store. [Arts Desk]
  • Folger Theatre will close out its 2016-2017 season with rarely produced Shakespeare play Timon of Athens. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Watch a new music video from Paperhaus. [BYT]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Tax Day bar and restaurant specials [Eater]
  • How restaurants develop great chefs [Washingtonian]
  • Clock’s Nowhere Bar has reopened in Adams Morgan. [Post]
  • Tangysweet to reopen as a to-go window in Penn Quarter. [Express]
  • Chef Erik Bruner-Yang shares what’s in his fridge. [BYT]
  • Simit + Smith close to opening in Georgetown. [PoPville]