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Computers will soon control acceleration and braking on some Metro trains for the first time since the deadly 2009 Red Line crash.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Amsterdam Falafel has a pot-pairing menu. [Young & Hungry]
  • The story behind the Bloomingdale salon that closed “due to gentrification.” [Post]
  • A police chase involving a man suspected of killing a Census Bureau guard in Maryland ended on H Street NE last night. [NBC4]
  • A ball pit is coming to the National Building Museum this summer. [CityLab]

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In MemoryKevin Boggs, a charismatic storyteller, actor, and educator.

Running in the Name Of: How valuable is Marion C. Barry‘s name in the Ward 8 race?

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

  • What does Marion Barry mean in Ward 8? [LL]
  • The Best of D.C., LL-wise. [WCPWCPWCPWCPWCP]
  • Welcome to auto-Metro. [WAMU]
  • Initiative 71 inspires pot pairing at Amsterdam Falafelshop. [Y&H]
  • Pretty chill U.S. Attorney, IMO. [LL]
  • More details on lawyer’s death. [WJLA]

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

  • Six years after its deadly crash, the Red Line is going back to computer-driven trains. [Post]
  • Vincent Orange bill would ban pop-ups and condo conversions. It’s probably illegal. [GGW]
  • The D.C. area has a condo shortage. What? [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C.’s still America’s seventh most walkable city, according to Walk Score. [Redfin]
  • More groups come out against the Pepco-Exelon merger. [DCist]
  • Parking-free Hill East project gets a lukewarm zoning response. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Petite Adams Morgan rowhouse—-$599,000

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

  • It’s here! Our annual Best of D.C. issue outlines the city’s best free jokes, musicians, galleries, festivals, museums, and more. [Arts Desk]
  • In memory of Kevin Boggs, a well-known and much-loved local storyteller, actor, and educator who passed away last month [Arts Desk]
  • A tune by Kali Uchis makes an NPR playlist on Latin soul [Alt.Latino]
  • The members of D.C. feminist punk outfit Hemlines talk about their favorite bands and teenage influences. [Fashion Grunge]
  • Photos of Diarrhea PlanetLeft & Right, and Loud Boyz at the Black Cat [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • A guide to the best restaurants, breweries, and much, much more [City Paper]
  • Where to find D.C.’s best biscuits [Express]
  • Compass Rose launches brunch (with khachupuri) [Eater]
  • Six D.C. chef changes you should know about [Zagat]
  • Confessions of a chef who’s had sex in the restaurant’s dining room [VICE]
  • Shaw’s Tavern changes ownership, bring in new chef. [PoPville]
  • Can chef Brad Race make food the focal point at racy Claudia’s Steakhouse? [Post]