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Mayor Muriel Bowser delivered her annual State of the District address on Tuesday evening, during which she defended her plan to close the D.C. General family shelter and said she would propose legislation increasing D.C.’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The latter is likely to pass the D.C. Council but will face business concerns.


  • D.C. and Howard University police are investigating an alleged sexual assault on campus last month. [Post]
  • Cyclists are angry that a part of the L Street NW cycle track will shut for more than two years. [WAMU]
  • The National Cannabis Festival is coming to D.C. on April 23, and will be headlined by De La Soul. [Post]
  • A tribute has sprouted up outside of the Belgian Embassy after the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday. [NBC4]
  • Officials across U.S. cities, including the District, say they’re beefing up security after those attacks. [Post]
  • City leaders disagree about how much D.C. should have to pay for the Wizards’ practice arena. [City Desk]


  • Italian Fare: Chef Michael Schlow has opened Alta Strada in Mount Vernon Triangle, with more to come.
  • Re-ball!: The tiny white balls from the National Building’s Museum BEACH exhibit will get reincarnated.
  • March for Equality: D.C. statehood advocates are planning to march to the U.S. Capitol on April 15.

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

  • Muriel Bowser backs $15 minimum wage by 2020. [City DeskPost, WAMU, DCist]
  • Read Bowser’s State of the District. [LL]
  • Bowser pushes back on critics of homeless shelter plan in the SODA. [Times, City Desk]
  • Mary Cheh allies with robots. [LLTimes]
  • Donald Trump backs voting rights, maybe. [LL]
  • Metro after the shutdown. [Post]
  • Bowser talks what kind of mayor she’ll be—she’ll be all of them! [LL]
  • Talk about inflation: Vincent Orange says he’s the Tom Brady of the at-large race. [DCist]

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

  • The Funk Parade is crowdsourcing for D.C.’s own anthem. [DCist]
  • Beauty Pill‘s Chad Clark on PJ Harvey‘s “Community of Hope:” “It is absolutely fair, however, to respond to how a piece of art makes you” [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to the first track from Maryland dream-pop band Citrine‘s debut. [Bandwidth]
  • Listen to a new tune from new D.C. band Brushes. [DC Music Download]
  • De La Soul is headling D.C.’s first-ever National Cannabis Festival at RFK’s festival grounds. [DCist]
  • Dupont Underground’s repurposed “BEACH” balls exhibit opens April 30. [City Desk]

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

  • Haute Dogs and Fries and Pinch Dumplings coming to Nationals Park. [WBJ]
  • Bab Korean Fusion opens on H Street NE. [PoPville]
  • Ray’s Hell Burger adding new eatery in Rosslyn. [ARLnow]
  • Meet torchon, the classy French dish named after a kitchen towel [Post]
  • Columbia Room‘s outdoor bar opens. [Washingtonian]
  • The best food and drink spring festivals [Eater]
  • Charcuterie-centric restaurant to open in Shaw. [Borderstan]