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Opening day for baseball in D.C. brings food and drink specials, perfect spring weather, and new security checks at the ballpark.


  • D.C. doctor makes medical marijuana a specialty. [Post]
  • The investigation into Brianne Nadeau‘s condo loan is over. [Loose Lips]
  • The Wizards are eying Howard University for a new practice facility. [ABC7]


Comic Belief: Maryland’s Ronnie Joyner may be America’s last sports cartoonist.

Undead: The 2014 festival was said to be its last, but Filmfest DC is back with a slimmed-down slate of features.

A Long Way From Home: This winter was supposed to be different for D.C.’s homeless families. What went wrong?

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

  • Muriel Bowser plan would take powers from the attorney general. [Post]
  • School projects get pushed in new Bowser budget. [Post]
  • Inspector general closes Brianne Nadeau investigation. [LL]
  • Cathy Lanier not concerned about a potential gun store inside the District. [Times]
  • Pop-up crackdown doesn’t solve the controversy. [Post]
  • Wizards consider practice facility at Howard. [Post]
  • Posties love Bowser. [PostPost]
  • Social worker remembers when Relisha Rudd disappeared. [Post]

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

  • A Wizards practice facility could come to the Howard University campus. [Post]
  • The latest designs for the Hecht Company warehouse on New York Avenue NE. [UrbanTurf]
  • Metro wants your input on how to balance its budget. [PlanItMetro]
  • LeDroit Park was named for a “LeDroict”; the “c” was dropped to look more French. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Daily bike commuting still isn’t too common, but 18 percent of D.C.-area households have a person who bikes regularly. [WashCycle]
  • Filmmakers behind Marion Barry biopic explore D.C.’s gay street gang. [Post]
  • Today on the market: McLean Gardens 1BR—-$327,500

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

  • Filmfest DC is back from near-certain death with a slimmer schedule and fewer films. [Arts Desk]
  • For three decades, R.W. McCluskie has hand-made violins and violas in MoCo. [Post]
  • Maryland artist Ronnie Joyner may be America’s last sports cartoonist. [Arts Desk]
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike director Aaron Posner on the challenges of producing a theater experience rich enough to resist the pull of digital media [DCist]
  • The Funk Parade will shut down U Street on May 2. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Director Oliver Stone, who’s making a movie on Edward Snowden, scouted AdMo for filming sites. [Post]

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

  • The nine best bars for pre- and post-drinking around Nationals Park [Washingtonian]
  • Proof and the Red Hen vet to lead the kitchen at the Scarlet Oak. [Eater]
  • Declaration is the latest from the owners of Lincoln and Teddy & the Bully Bar. [Post]
  • Wiseguy NY Pizza opens in Rosslyn. [ARLnow]
  • Four bars keeping Adams Morgan funky in light of Chief Ike’s closure [Express]
  • New Turkish restaurant, Ankara, opening in Dupont Circle this May. [PoPville]
  • Why Walmart is betting big on being your local urban grocer [NPR]