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Incumbent and Mayor Muriel Bowser-ally Brandon Todd could face a difficult reelection: On Wednesday, seven candidates who ran against him in last year’s special election to replace Bowser as Ward 4 Councilmember came out in support of one of his opponents, Leon Andrews. In the special election, Todd earned less than half the vote.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- House Republicans pilloried Metro leaders about safety and money yesterday. [City Desk, WAMU, NBC4]
- A new report finds the D.C. area could add about 170,000 jobs in the next decade across sectors. [WAMU]
- D.C.’s private ambulances have responded within 10 minutes 75 percent of the time since starting. [NBC4]
- Capital Bikeshare will only cost $5 a year for residents who use certain social services. [City Desk, DCist]
- Hotel Hive in Foggy Bottom will be the District’s first “micro-hotel” when it soon opens. [Washingtonian]
- D.C.’s Attorney General is investigating major retailers’ “on-call” scheduling practices. [City Desk, DCist]
- Armed robbers at a hotel allegedly stole $30,000 from a man who says he wanted to buy a car. [Borderstan]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- McPherson Square: Most of the serious safety defects Metro found during the shutdown were at one station.
- EquityEats: The D.C.-based crowdfunding platform is allowing its investors to turn their equity into credit.
- Punks v. NIMBYS: Neighbors complained about noise from the Damaged City Fest in Columbia Heights.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Turns out Republicans aren’t thrilled about public transit. [City Desk, DCist, Times, Post]
- Ward 4 special election candidates back a challenger for Brandon Todd. [LL]
- One man’s journey through the housing system. [District Dig]
- Karl Racine wants scheduling investigation. [City Desk, DCist]
- Pepco customers will start seeing merger credits on their bills. [WBJ]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Want to know which local film festivals are right for you? Take this quiz! [Express]
- How All Songs Considered‘s Bob Boilen went from the Tiny Desk to a musical tastemaker. [Post]
- Watch a new music video from D.C. expat Benjy Ferree. [Bandwidth]
- Punks versus NIMBYs. [Arts Desk]
- The first annual 202 Comedy Festival kicked off yesterday. [DCist]
- After 21 years, local actor Dawn Ursula is enjoying a season of firsts. [Post]
- Coming soon to Farragut Square Park: free outdoor concerts. [Washingtonian]
- Once again, Paperhaus reinvents itself. [DC Music Download]
- Meet The Harry Bells, the most boisterous band in D.C. [Bandwidth]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population is up 35 percent. [DCist]
- Eric Ziebold’s Métier, slated to open April 26, will cost $200 per person. [Post]
- Five new D.C.-area brunches to try this weekend [Zagat]
- Details on the Tasty Dug-Out, now open inside Ray’s Hell Burger [Washingtonian]
- The talent behind the chefs [Arlington Magazine]
- Searching for döner, shawarma, and gyro in D.C.—and learning the difference [Eater]