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D.C.’s pilot program for outfitting police officers with body-worn cameras is transitioning into a permanent effort. Officers who participated in the pilot have had only minor complaints so far, according to a union official.


  • Marion C. Barry let his plea deal expire. [Loose Lips]
  • Can you vape on Metro? It’s complicated. [DCist]
  • Undocumented immigrants can get driver’s licenses in D.C., but there’s a language barrier at the DMV. [WAMU]
  • The Black Cat’s weeknight shows will start earlier so they don’t run so late. [Post]


Breaking Bread: Baker Mark Furstenberg, who says he has “been so disrespectful to Whole Foods in the past,” will begin selling his bread at the Whole Foods on P Street NW.

Still Missing: The majority of the recommendations from the Relisha Rudd report have been completed.

D.C. TweeDavid Combs will retire his beloved pop-punk moniker Spoonboy with a final show in June.

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

  • Police plan to expand camera program for cops. [WAMU]
  • No plea deal for Marion C. Barry, for now. [LL]
  • Muriel Bowser signs on with Vision Zero pedestrian safety initiative. [Post]
  • Undocumented immigrants can get a license… if they can pass the test in English. [WAMU]
  • Protesters plan to hit police hearing today. [Post]
  • More on the District’s increasingly white voter base. [Post]
  • Karl Racine files an amicus brief in favor of same sex marriage at the Supreme Court. [Blade]
  • Many Relisha Rudd report goals still ongoing. [City Desk]
  • Reliable Source considers the mayor’s love life. [Post]
  • Ex-fire inspectors getting gasoline on city card. [Post]
  • New shelter will have space for transgender youth. [Post]
  • ATV riders run off cop. [NBC4]
  • Documentary will focus on gay gang in the District. [Vimeo]

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

  • Of the 26 recommendations following Relisha Rudd‘s abduction, 15 have been completed. [City Desk]
  • Transit’s best friend: real-time arrival info. [CityLab]
  • Get ready for the Half Street SE explosion. [WBJ]
  • How to revive D.C.’s downtown parks. [GGW]
  • Affordable housing is tanking in Arlington. [UrbanTurf]
  • The complicated rules surrounding vaping on Metro. [DCist]
  • But one D.C. man can’t smoke in the home he owns. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Brightwood Park rowhouse—-$365,000

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

  • David Combs on why he’s retiring his Spoonboy moniker and live sets: “Talking about the same intense thing at every show…was driving me a little crazy.” [Arts Desk]
  • Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday and West End Cinema co-founder Josh Levin discuss the theater’s closure. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]
  • The Black Cat’s weeknight shows will now start a little earlier. [Post]
  • An ode to U Street Music Hall on its fifth birthday [BYT]
  • Picks from this month’s multidisciplinary Iberian Suite performance festival at the Kennedy Center [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Photos of Be SteadwellToshi Reagon, and Allison Miller at AMP, Strathmore’s new music venue [DCist]

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

  • Peter Chang set to open Arlington restaurant on Saturday, and it won’t be fast casual. [Post]
  • Sbarro opening soon at the Convention Center. [PoPville]
  • Crumbs & Whiskers cat cafe is already a Kickstarter hit. [Washingtonian]
  • Momofuku Milk Bar aiming to open by summer. [Eater]
  • Matchbox and Sugar Factory are coming to Pentagon City. [ARLnow]
  • Taste test of cheesy pizza-flavored salad dressing [NPR]