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After a Democratic voter in the District challenged presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign’s registration here, some D.C. residents have wondered if the Vermont senator would appear on the June 14 primary ballot. According to At-Large Coucilmember and Democratic Party Chair Anita Bonds, however, there won’t be an issue: Even if the D.C. Board of Elections declines to certify Sanders’ candidacy, Bonds says she will propose legislation doing so next week.


  • Parts of Metrorail could close for prolonged repairs, the transit agency’s leaders said. [Post, NYT, FOX5]
  • The family of Davonte Washington, who was killed on Metro on Saturday held a vigil last night. [FOX5]
  • Ex-Mayor Vince Gray and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander fight over a hospital. [Loose Lips]
  • Marijuana advocates plan to smoke as civil disobedience outside of the White House on Saturday. [Post]
  • If a proposed ballot initiative appears before voters in November, could Anacostia get a casino? [WAMU]
  • Report: The Potomac River is healthier than it’s been in a long time, but work remains. [City Desk, DCist]
  • On Wednesday, a local regulatory body ended the liquor-license moratorium on restaurants in Georgetown. [Young & Hungry]
  • For the second year in a row, the D.C.-metro area boasted the most energy-efficient buildings. [City Desk]


  • N.Y. Chef Coming to D.C.: The owners of RPM Italian, set to open in May, have hired Gabe Thompson.
  • Where There’s Smoke…: An ex-American University professor sued local media for alleged defamation.
  • FOIA Suit: A Hill East Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner intends to sue the Department of Justice.

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

  • Vince GrayYvette Alexander clash on the United Medical Center replacement. [LL]
  • Bernie Sanders will be on the District’s primary ballot after all. [Post]
  • Long-term Metro line shutdowns might be coming. [PostWAMU]
  • Letter: Donald Trump isn’t Marion Barry. [Post]
  • Mystery group pushes for a casino in Anacostia. [WAMU]
  • Difficulties continue over regional Metro funding. [GGW]
  • Business types not happy with Metro. [WBJ]
  • The Georgetown restaurant liquor license moratorium finally dies. [Y&H]
  • ANC commish plans to sue over prosecution crime data. [City Desk]
  • LL considers the end of Real Housewives of Potomac. [Arts Desk]
  • A vicious cycle of eviction in D.C. [WAMU]

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

  • The Drafthouse Comedy Theater to open on April 1. [Express]
  • The Real Housewives of Potomac nears its swan song, and our critic is sad. [Arts Desk]
  • Five local music festivals to see this spring. [DC Music Download]
  • Area man riding his motorcycle, with his dog, to Antarctica. Wait, what? [Washingtonian]
  • Pictures of pretty flora at the U.S. Botanical Gardens. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Chef Kyle Bailey talks about his new gig with Sixth Engine. [Washingtonian]
  • The Dancing Crab is officially dead. [PoPville]
  • The surprisingly simple ice cream flavor that chefs are loving right now [Post]
  • President Barack Obama visits Busboys & Poets. [Eater]
  • Nine can’t-miss food and drink events in April. [Zagat]
  • Dupont confectioner to host inaugural D.C. Chocolate Festival. [Borderstan]