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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating another smoke incident that occurred on Metro in the month after the incident near L’Enfant Plaza station that killed one passenger.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Tico’s owner will open a new restaurant in Dupont Circle. [Young & Hungry]
  • Edward Snowden used to go on dates with his girlfriend at Tryst. [Post]
  • For the first time, D.C. is competing nationally on standardized tests based on the Common Core. [WAMU]
  • Baseball’s All-Star Game will bring big spending to D.C. [WTOP]

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

To Apples: Amid the city’s brewery and distillery boom, D.C. is getting its first cidery.

Full Circle: Over the weekend, Wale threw a free concert in an H Street NE parking lot.

Food Issue: For what situation do you want a recommendation on where to eat and drink? Let us know and we’ll answer in the 2015 Food Issue.

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

  • What’s keeping District housing expensive—and how to fix it. [Washingtonian]
  • More on Muriel Bowser‘s attempt to grab some of Karl Racine‘s attorney general powers. [WAMU]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Bowser’s AG move reminiscent of Peter Nickles and Adrian Fenty. [JRB]
  • Kenyan McDuffie aims to raise the smoking age to 21. [Post]
  • Accessing the District archives proves weirdly difficult. [Daily Caller]
  • Landlords will have to provide a “Tenant’s Bill of Rights.” [WAMU]
  • Is it time for a congestion tax? [Post]

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

  • Metro probably could have gotten millions more from developers for NoMa station. [Next City]
  • Why transit-oriented development is critical to Metro’s future. [PlanItMetro]
  • The urbanist era of D.C. gas stations. [BeyondDC]
  • A tour of the new 7000-series Metro railcars. [WAMU]
  • Starting this summer, landlords need to give renters the Tenant Bill of Rights or forgo rent hikes. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C. needs to grow. Here’s how the city can make that happen. [Washingtonian]
  • The brewery boom is so passé. Welcome D.C.’s first cidery. [Y&H]
  • Wale concert angers H Street NE neighbors due to noise, lyrics. [Capitol Hill Corner]
  • Today on the market: Bloomingdale rowhouse—-$1,239,999

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

  • Wale played a secret, free concert on H Street NE on Saturday (and holds a serious grudge against City Paper). [Arts Desk]
  • Miffed H Street residents complained about Wale’s music on a neighborhood listserv: “I was walking by and heard some of it. A lot of ‘n word this, n word that. Eat that puxxy! Fxck that bitch!'” [Capitol Hill Corner]
  • A 1980s cowpunk band, Jason & the Scorchers, will play live behind an Arlington contemporary-dance troupe at the Kennedy Center. [Arts Desk]
  • There’s a new music magazine out of MoCo: HIGHWAY [Bandwidth]
  • Washingtonian‘s Benjamin Freed isn’t pleased with how the magazine’s readers voted for his Washington movie March Madness. [Weekends with Alex Witt]
  • Oliver Stone‘s filming his movie about Edward Snowden at Tryst, Snowden’s actual go-to date spot. [Post]

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

  • Where to find soft-shell crabs around D.C. [Eater]
  • Nine new classics of the D.C. restaurant scene [Zagat]
  • Rhino Bar in Georgetown will become a Club Monaco store. [WBJ]
  • Bryan Voltaggio‘s cookbook, reviewed [Post]
  • Photos from Maketto‘s housewarming party [BYT]
  • Rosa Mexicano closes in Friendship Heights. [PoPville]