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D.C. has a track record of less-than-optimal real-estate acquisitions and sales, but why? Critics say the turnover of District officials, a lack of sufficient oversight by the D.C. Council, and little public input could be behind the trend.


  • D.C. police are investigating an alleged sexual assault at Sidwell Friends School on Wednesday. [NBC4]
  • On Thursday, D.C. councilmembers criticized the costs of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s shelter plan. [Post]
  • Police say a man was found dead on a Blue Line Metro train on Thursday night. [Post, NBC4, WJLA]
  • Metro has two major issues: a history of mismanagement and inadequate public funding. [The Economist]
  • Can D.C. learn from Washington state about supporting people with developmental disabilities? [WAMU]
  • During the Metro shutdown, the number of cyclists along the Met Branch Trail nearly tripled. [City Desk]
  • The eagle has landed—well, one of them has hatched, anyways. Another is coming. [City Desk, Post, NPR]


  • Fig & Olive & No Hot Water: Young & Hungry exposes more problems for the national upscale chain.
  • Bleak House: The former tenants of a condemned building at 5509 9th St. NW now have to find housing.
  • Summertime Sadness: 1789 Restaurant and The Tombs will close temporarily for repairs this summer.

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

  • Councilmembers not happy with pricey shelter plan. [Post]
  • Sensationalist tweet drives water fears, annoys D.C. Water. [City DeskPost]
  • More on the beleaguered tenants at closed 9th Street NW building. [LL]
  • Schools fret about alleged abductions, but cops haven’t heard anything. [Post]
  • Bad real estate deals continue for the city. [District Dig]
  • More on people with developmentally disabilities and the District. [WAMU]
  • Ward 3 residents unhappy about homeless shelter plans. [Times]

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

  • On learning to start a band and kicking anxiety through Girls Rock! DC’s We Rock! camp. [Arts Desk]
  • Here’s an early contender for song of the summer, from Maryland’s Da Kid Emm. [Bandwidth]
  • Static Disruptors reissue its go-go classic “D.C. Groove.” [Arts Desk]
  • Watch a new music video from Janel Leppin‘s Mellow Diamond. [BYT]
  • Chris Richards on Hothead, who would be one of the city’s coolest bands… if it weren’t relocating to Baltimore. [Post]
  • Listen to a new(ish) song from Warm Sun. [Arts Desk]
  • Roundhouse, Unexpected Stage announce next season’s theater lineups. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • The best sports bars in the D.C. area [Post]
  • Where to watch March Madness [Eater]
  • Bardo riverfront beer garden near Nationals Park denied liquor license [Barred in DC]
  • Madam’s Organ sues ABRA, claims agency filed “false” reports [Borderstan]
  • Arlington ranks high for excessive drinking, lower for STDs [ARLnow]
  • El Tamarindo closed for major renovations. [PoPville]