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Attorney General Karl Racine has proposed that his office be able to keep $20 million annually from settlements, instead of putting that money into D.C.’s general fund.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Metro is trying to move buses faster despite a lack of dedicated lanes. [WAMU]
  • The owners of Rialto in Georgetown have transformed the restaurant into a French place called Maxime. [Young & Hungry]
  • $1 million condos may be coming to Truxton Circle. [Post]
  • West End Cinema closed for good yesterday. [ABC7]

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

Rant: Cherry blossom food and drink specials are the worst.

Maps: The D.C. area is losing population to the rest of America.

Flowchart: Brush up on what our local comic book creators have to offer.

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

  • Colby King: U.S. Attorney Ron Machen erred in his timing of Jeff Thompson‘s guilty plea. [Post]
  • Population growth dips in the District… [Housing Complex]
  • … while Ohio tries to lure away our residents. [Post]
  • How many people will actually grow marijuana now that it’s legal? [Post]
  • Police shoot and wound robbery suspect. [Post]

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

  • The history of Anacostia’s Big Chair, which once served as a residence. [GGW]
  • Bladgen Alley micro-unit saga ends with final approval. [UrbanTurf]
  • But development there runs into an existential question: Is an alley a street? [SALM]
  • UIP buys Brookland strip mall; changes in store? [WBJ]
  • Controversial Dupont Circle church overhaul gets historic-preservation green light. [UrbanTurf]
  • GSA announces short list for Federal Triangle South swap. [WBJ]
  • Metro transit bonds get downgraded. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Columbia Heights 2BR—-$699,000

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

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

  • José Andrés gets political at food conference in D.C. [Post]
  • Buffalo & Bergen now serves a bloody mary with a lox bagel garnish. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C.’s 10 hottest restaurant newcomers [Zagat]
  • Food truck association launches online platform to swap parking spaces. [WBJ]
  • Jrink and chef Erik Bruner-Yang team up to turn pulp into vinegar and seasoning. [Eater]
  • Tobacco and coffee shop called Burn & Brew opens in Crystal City. [ARLnow]
  • Lesbian bar Phase 1 reopens on Capitol Hill. [DCist]