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A slim majority of the D.C. Council voted to disapprove the controversial Corizon jail health contract backed by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A stalled New Communities project takes a step forward. [Housing Complex]
  • Campaign gears up for a $15 minimum wage in D.C. [Post]
  • Medical marijuana providers in D.C. get a boost from the Council. [WAMU]
  • Developer plans to turn low-income Museum Square into apartments and condos. [Housing Complex]

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

We All Scream: Critics say this local ice cream maker’s “Bangkok Brothel” flavor trivializes prostitution and sex trafficking.

Reigning Champions: Young poets confront racism, homophobia, and teen pregnancy as they defend D.C.’s national slam poetry title.

Dropouts Against Bowser: A candidate in the Ward 4 race dropped out to try to consolidate anti-Bowser candidates, much like in Ward 8.

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

  • D.C. Council votes against controversial jail contract. [LLTimesWBJPost]
  • Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss gets booted from Council meeting over affordable housing negotiations. [Post]
  • Karl Racine and Muriel Bowser clash over real estate lawyers. [LL]
  • Ward 4 candidate drops out. [LL]
  • Report: immigrant children underserved. [WAMU]
  • Developer wants to replace Museum Square with apartments and condos. [Housing Complex]
  • More on Bowser’s attempt to block body camera footage from FOIA requests. [TimesWAMU]
  • A little progress for New Communities. [Housing Complex]
  • Poverty divide grows in the District. [Housing Complex]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Amazing photos of Columbia Heights after the 1968 riots. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss scuffles with D.C. Council over emergency housing bill. [Post]
  • For $1.4 million, a beat-up house on a whimsically named street. [Washingtonian]
  • What the 7000-series Metro cars look like with passengers. [GGW]
  • But many riders don’t care much about the new trains. [Post]
  • Despite Metro proximity, NIH insists on tons of parking in Bethesda. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: 5BR house in Barnaby Woods—-$1,399,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • City Paper contributor Valerie Paschall saw Trevor Noah‘s stand-up set in Arlington, then talked about it on SoCal public radio. [KPCC]
  • The cherry blossoms will make a star turn in an IMAX film designed to lure international travelers to the U.S. [Express]
  • Sean Penn‘s documentary about how much standard household cleaners suck is coming to D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. producer Qdup‘s mix for next month’s Funk Parade [D.C. Music Download]
  • Photos of Rhiannon Giddens and Bhi Bhiman at the Lincoln Theatre [BYT]

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

  • The Passenger’s Tom Brown is opening a cocktail bar called Left Door off 14th Street NW. [Post]
  • Neyla Mediterranean Bistro is moving from Georgetown to Reston. [NoVa Mag]
  • The space station gets a coffee bar. [NPR]
  • Mount Pleasant resident protests new Subway by projecting a pile of poo on the building. [PoPville]
  • 11 D.C. chefs share their favorite burgers. [Eater]
  • How to enjoy spring produce like a D.C. chef [DCist]
  • Spinfire Pizza now open in Rosslyn. [ARLnow]