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Our cover this week: Washington City Paper‘s guide to this year’s Filmfest DC, which almost didn’t happen.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Marion C. Barry alerts media to rumor that he’s dropping out of the Ward 8 race by holding a press conference to say he’s not dropping out. [LL]
- Florida mailman lands gyrocopter on Capitol grounds to send message about corruption. [Post]
- Service on Metro’s Green Line restored after portion of a collapsed pedestrian bridge is removed from the tracks near College Park. [NBC4]
- D.C. will mark Emancipation Day today with a smaller budget. [WAMU]
- Jim Graham: From councilmember to special events director at a strip club. [Blade]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Poets and They Know It: Members of DC Youth Slam Team confront racism, homophobia, and teen pregnancy.
Invest Egg: Crowdfunding platform EquityEats rethinks its business, opens a “pop-up megaplex.”
I Am Waiting: Location drives public-school demand.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ballot initiative seeks a $15 hourly minimum wage. [WAMU, Post]
- Marion C. Barry calls a press conference to say he isn’t dropping out. [LL, Post]
- Listen to the LL Ward 4 debate. [LL]
- Eugene D. Kinlow mailer blasts rival LaRuby May. [LL]
- Tom Sherwood looks at the budget. [NBC4]
- Medical marijuana cultivation gets a boost from the D.C. Council. [WAMU]
- Where are the tax cuts, asks Mark Lee. [Blade]
- What Emancipation Day means for traffic. [Post]
- On body cameras, Muriel Bowser should take a cue from Washington state. [Route 50]
- Potsters start statehood protest with a pole. [Post]
- Economic Growth D.C. isn’t happy about economic numbers. [EGDC]
- Where Metro makes the most money. [Housing Complex]
- Location makes public schools attractive. [Housing Complex]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- Six storefronts on Columbia Road NW face the wrecking ball. [WBJ]
- 1776 takes over Arlington tech hub. [Post]
- In which I “perpetuate a noxious myth” on economic growth. [Economic Growth DC]
- The story behind those cheery sidewalk-chalk messages. [Post]
- Metro contractor screws up; part of Green Line shuts down. [WTOP]
- Mandatory helmet laws just allow drivers to pass the blame on to cyclists. [Post]
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- These D.C. youth confront the racism, homophobia, and other struggles in their lives through slam poetry. [Arts Desk]
- Local electro act Den-Mate says, as a kid, she wanted to be Gwen Stefani when she grew up (and maybe still does). [Arts Desk]
- A Q&A with Thomas Orgren of Persona Non Grata, an Arlington recording studio that’s worked with some of D.C.’s raddest bands [D.C. Music Download]
- Was Artisphere doomed from the start? [Post]
- A roundup of D.C. murals [BYT]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- A guide to Community Supported Agriculture [DCist]
- Takoda restaurant and rooftop beer garden coming to Shaw. [Washingtonian]
- The original Beau Thai will become BKK Cookshop next month. [Eater]
- Back-to-back food truck festivals are happening April 24 and 25. [Post]
- New details on the Royal, a bar from Vinoteca’s owner [Express]
- Taste of the Nation recap [BYT]
- Food truck owner to open Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery in McLean, Va. [NoVa Mag]