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Some low-income tenants in Southeast say they haven’t paid rent in recent months because their living conditions are deplorable: poor heating, mold, and water leaks. Some landlords, meanwhile, refuse to fix the apartments—or bring their tenants to court. The problem underscores the acute dearth of affordable-housing options in the District.


  • On Tuesday, a judge ordered the alleged 17-year-old shooter in Saturday’s Metro killing to be held without bail until a preliminary hearing next month. [City Desk, Post]
  • Police say a D.C. fire captain stole a book about planes on Monday night during a two-alarm fire. [NBC4]
  • A man died in a house fire near American University that happened early Wednesday. [WUSA9, WTOP]
  • Medstar turned away patients on Tuesday because of a computer virus that took down its network. [Post]
  • Could local rideshare company Split disrupt better-known rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft? [Post]
  • Police say a man was attacked on the Metropolitan Branch Trail by a group of teens on Tuesday. [FOX5]
  • Report: D.C.’s newly hired private ambulances can’t communicate electronically with the city’s. [NBC4]


  • Ballot Dispute: Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember candidate Ron Austin faces a ballot dispute over petitions.
  • Play Ball: Chef Mike Isabella’s empire is expanding with the opening of two eateries at Nationals Park.
  • If It’s Broke…: The Washington Monument had to close yesterday because its elevator broke…yet again.

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

  • Computer problems could delay calls for private ambulances. [NBC4]
  • Ward 4 ballot fight between Brandon Todd‘s challengers. [LL]
  • Pepco-Exelon merger opponents mull their next steps. [WAMU]
  • Maybe affordable housing still can exist in the District. [Post]
  • Student surveys will play into DCPS evaluations. [WAMU]
  • Fire captain charged with stealing a book. [Post]
  • Nuclear summit comes with big traffic woes. [WBJ]

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

  • The true, insane story ofHeavy Metal Parking Lot. [Deadspin]
  • Mosaic Theater gets a million dollar donation from Chicago-based Logan Foundation. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Virginia native Babeo Baggins and Drake cover Jackson Browne‘s “These Days.” [Bandwidth]
  • GW Hatchet opinions editor slams school for booking “misogynist” rapper Action Bronson as its Spring Fling headliner. [Hatchet]
  • Scenes from Bohemian Caverns’ final jam. [Post]
  • At Glen Echo Photoworks, an exhibition of archaic photo techniques. [Arts Desk]

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

  • The best fried chicken sandwiches in the D.C. area [Post]
  • Chefs Michael Schlow and Michael Friedman talk pizza. [Washingtonian]
  • Seven new outdoor dining options around D.C. [Zagat]
  • G Street Food is closing its original location. [Eater]
  • Five Guys making a steady rise overseas. [WBJ]
  • These friends have had dinner together every Wednesday for the last 3 years. [Express]
  • D.C. is one of the best cities for vegetarian and halal restaurants, study says. [DCist]