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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.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • 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]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • 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]