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Today’s the day! The 2015 Best Of D.C. issue is here! Staff picks! Reader picks! Best restaurant! Best new homegrown music genre! Best ward! Best villain! Read ’em all.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • So, to reiterate: The Best of D.C. 2015 winners are here!! [WCP]
  • Metro may scale back plan for all eight-car trains during rush hour. [WAMU]
  • D.C.’s attorney general targets sellers of synthetic drugs. [WTOP]
  • Peak bloom is coming this weekend. [NBC4]

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

  • The streetcar hasn’t had any passengers, but its tracks are already so old they need repairs. [WAMU]
  • Ward 8 candidates unite to oppose frontrunner LaRuby May. [LLInformer]
  • Muriel Bowser talks economics. [WBJ]
  • More shades of Adrian Fenty from Bowser, says Jonetta Rose Barras. [JRB]
  • Marion Barry‘s kidney donor will fight lawsuit from his widow. [LL]
  • Karl Racine backs marijuana legalization, but is no fan of synthetic marijuana. [NBC4]
  • District cuts a course-sharing deal with Howard. [Post]
  • McMillan trouble at the D.C. Council. [Hill Rag]
  • Traffic cameras sit on the shelf. [Times]

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

  • The very best of D.C. [WCP]
  • Rent or buy? The calculus is skewing more toward rent these days. [UrbanTurf]
  • Tech companies try to save Artisphere. [WBJ]
  • Condos and retail planned for site of Shaw church. [UrbanTurf]
  • Streetcar and rails are undergoing repairs, before a single passenger has ridden them. [WAMU]
  • Free bikes for people in need (who can make a compelling case). [WashCycle]
  • Mark your calendar: Your neighborhood farmers market is opening soon. [Y&H]
  • Today on the market: Manor Park cottage with four-unit carriage house—-$750,000

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

  • Gigi, the Vanessa Hudgens-starring production that premiered at the Kennedy Center, stumbles on Broadway. [Post]
  • Photos of Big UpsWitch Coast, and the Black Sparks at Comet Ping Pong [D.C. Music Download]
  • Listen to “Strategic Mass Delirium,” a new thrasher from D.C. hardcore act Red Death [NPR]
  • The Washington Ballet’s next season will forefront diversity of genre and geography. [Post]
  • An interview with Baltimore electro-weirdo Dan Deacon [DCist]
  • Photos of WaxahatcheeNox, and the Goodbye Party at the Black Cat [D.C. Music Download]
  • Five standouts from the National Museum of African Art’s “Divine Comedy” exhibition [Washingtonian]

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

  • A guide to all things burgers [BYT]
  • Rasika West End launches Sunday brunch this weekend. [Washingtonian]
  • An alternative dining scene is thriving outside the restaurant world. [DCist]
  • Philos restaurant and wine bar opens at 4th and Massachusetts Ave. NW. [PoPville]
  • A sneak peek at Maketto [Post]
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse will open in Penn Quarter in early May. [Eater]
  • How to pronounce Sriracha correctly [BuzzFeed]