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Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld wants to make it “at a minimum, the best transit system in the U.S.” He spoke at the National Press Club yesterday afternoon, promising to focus on the “nuts and bolts” of operating Metro.


  • On Monday, Pepco and Exelon filed papers in an attempt to save their proposed $6.8 billion merger. [Post]
  • A federal judge ruled against plaintiffs seeking to ban the District’s concealed-carry laws. [City Desk, Post]
  • Nonprofit landlord So Others Might Eat has a zero-tolerance policy that results in evictions. [Washingtonian]
  • The D.C. streetcar’s workers on Friday voted to join a local transit workers union. [City Desk, Post, DCist]
  • New details emerge in the slaying of a woman and the wounding of a man in Southeast on Sunday. [FOX5]
  • Former American Ballet Theatre member Julie Kent will head the Washington Ballet in July. [Arts Desk]
  • D.C.’s winter was “average,” not “severe,” according to the Accumulated Season Severity Index. [Post]


  • 2016 RAMMYS: And the nominees this year for the best restaurants and bars in the District are…
  • Shoot for the Moon: The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum has an exhibit on lunar photography.
  • More than a Beer Garden: Dacha reopens today with a greater selection of wine, cocktails, and food.

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

  • Metro general manager has big plans. [WAMUPost, GGW, City Desk, DCist]
  • Streetcar workers want to join union. [City Desk, DCist]
  • Pepco, Exelon want another shot at the Public Service Commission. [Post, DCistTimes]
  • Police LGBT unit “greatly diminished.” [Blade]
  • Deborah Simmons: boo to D.C. General replacement proposals. [Times]
  • Mark Lee: the District bungled the streetcar. [Blade]
  • That darn Silver Line. [WAMU]

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

  • The Washington Ballet names Julie Kent as its new artistic director. [Arts Desk]
  • At the Folger Library, rare documents paint a portrait of how William Shakespeare was perceived by his contemporaries. [Post]
  • On its 10th anniversary, the ExposedDC photography show expands to the Carnegie Library. [DCist]
  • Shaed, formerly The Walking Sticks, share new song “Just Wanna See.” [Brightest Young Things]
  • Here’s the lineup for this year’s Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Pineapple and Pearls will open April 7 with dinner priced at $250 per person. [Post]
  • Mike Isabella opens Kapnos Kouzina in Bethesda. [Washingtonian]
  • Michelle Obama dines at Masseria. [Eater]
  • Eight D.C. restaurants you’re not getting into (and how to get into them) [Zagat]
  • Alligator, camel on the menu at Rocklands this week [ARLnow]
  • Majestic Cafe will close again for renovations. [WBJ]