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After D.C.’s Public Service Commission amended the terms of the proposed Pepco-Exelon settlement agreement, Mayor Muriel Bowser and other District officials on Tuesday said they could no longer support the deal because it does not do enough to benefit residents. Without government support, the deal is less likely to advance any further.


  • D.C. Councilmembers proposed a bill that would cap the District’s contribution to the planned Wizards’ practice facility in Ward 8, and extended their review of the relevant city contract on Tuesday. [City Desk]
  • Why do so many D.C. Public Schools students leave the sector when they reach middle school? [WAMU]
  • Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s anti-crime legislation passed yesterday. [WTOP, Loose Lips]
  • A 21-year-old man has died after being shot on the 2700 block of Langston Place SE on Monday. [AP]
  • D.C. marijuana activists are planning a “smoke-in” outside of President Obama’s White House. [DCist]
  • A local family says their deceased grandmother’s body is missing after they attended her viewing. [NBC4]
  • Temperatures begin to drop today with gusting winds, increasing the potential for snow Thursday. [Post]


  • Tiki Bar: A new cocktail spot called Archipelago has just opened on U Street NW. It features pineapple drinks.
  • Reading Scores: From 2007 to 2014, D.C. third-graders’ reading scores on the CAS exam did not improve.
  • Can You Name Five Women Artists?: The Museum of Women in the Arts is asking people that question.

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

  • Muriel Bowser rejects Pepco deal, post-Public Service Commission ruling. [WBJ, WAMUTimesPost]
  • Kenyan McDuffie wants to keep reports on his cash anti-crime program secret. [LL]
  • Council passes the crime bill. [Times]
  • Elissa Silverman pitches a cap on city spending for the Wizards site. [City DeskPost]
  • Bowser appoints new St. Elizabeths CEO. [WBJ]
  • Donald Trump pitches gay Republicans in the District. [Blade]
  • Bowser talks up the budget. [Post]
  • Gloomy reading numbers for kids. [City Desk]
  • No charges for special police officer in Union Station area shooting. [DCist]

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

  • Iconic civil rights t-shirt donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture. [Post]
  • In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts asks: Can you name five women artists? [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to a new track by electro-pop trio Brutalism. [Bandwidth]
  • A history of fake local newspapers in movies and TV. [Washingtonian]
  • Now campaigning in the District: Frank Underwood for president in 2016. (Hey, he’s better than Donald Trump, am I right?). [DCist]
  • The inaugural D.C. Music Summit is Sunday. Here’s what to expect. [DC Music Download]
  • Meet the three D.C. residents selected to work on Veep while it films in D.C. [Post]

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

  • Five hot spots for ramen in the D.C. area [Zagat]
  • Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio will open restaurants at BWI Airport. [Washingtonian]
  • Secret Chopsticksin Arlington appears to have closed after just three months. [WBJ]
  • Kwame Onwuachi‘s swift rise from selling candy to fine dining chef [Post]
  • Where to find Girl Scout cookies [Borderstan]
  • Tarts, the new cupcakes? [Express]