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Should police be able to search a person’s home for illicit materials based on officers’ “training and experience”? A Washington Post investigation delves into that question, finding that 284 warrants issued between January 2013 and January 2015 gave D.C. police officers “broad leeway to search for drugs and guns” in heavily trafficked areas. The problem? In 40 percent of these cases, police failed to recover illegal items, disrupting residents’ lives in the process.


  • On Saturday, Ex-Mayor Vince Gray kicked off his campaign for Ward 7’s D.C. Council seat. [Loose Lips]
  • A double shooting on Alabama Avenue SE on Sunday left one dead and another injured. [Post, WUSA9]
  • Metro’s general manager says the agency must “confront some hard truths” to move forward. [Post, NBC4]
  • The case of Georgetown highlights some of the complications of D.C.’s efforts to end homelessness. [Post]
  • Ward 3 residents on Saturday expressed mixed emotions toward a planned homeless shelter. [Street Sense]
  • This week’s weather is something to smile about. [NBC4]


  • The Cost of Living: How are local nonprofits and service providers adapting to less HIV/AIDS funding?
  • Ptacek, Out: WUSA9’s chief investigative reporter has left the station to travel the globe for now.
  • Generic Music Festival: Disgruntled Brooklyn Shoegazers and (Noun) the (Animal) are playing this year.

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

  • Vince Gray kicks off his Ward 7 campaign. [LL, Post]
  • Cathy Lanier: murder rate at lower level than last year. [WAMU]
  • Police searches based on bad info terrorize residents. [Post]
  • EMS panel says they’re being stonewalled. [Times]
  • Adios to WUSA’s Russ Ptacek. [City Desk]
  • The homeless of Georgetown. [Post]
  • LL considers a tale of District millennials. [Arts Desk]

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

  • (Noun) the (Animal), Discovered by Skrillex, and Top 40 Act among the headliners of this year’s Generic Music Festival. [Arts Desk]
  • Jeopardy! is taping in D.C. in April. [DCist]
  • Listen to two new tracks from Stranger in the Alps. [DC Music Download]
  • Districtland is back! Spoiler: It’s still bad. [Arts Desk]
  • An explainer on House of Cards, season four. If that’s your thing. [Washingtonian]
  • Listen to a new track from Saba, produced by Mikeyy of 94SGOLD. [Arts Desk]

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

  • The remarkable rise of the sushi burrito [Post]
  • Ten top late-night food and drink deals [DCist]
  • Oklahoma Joe’s aims to open in Virginia this May. [Eater]
  • La Colombe signs a lease for a third D.C. location at 1336 Florida Ave. NW. [WBJ]
  • French pastry shop opens in Dupont Circle this week. [Borderstan]
  • Cantina Marina, Chupacabra set spring opening dates. [Hill Now]
  • Bread Bite Bakery now open on U Street NW. [PoPville]