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Speed and traffic cameras in the District issued 125,461 fewer tickets in 2013 than the prior year, which resulted in revenue dropping from $78,826,683 in 2012 to $75,713,666 last year. A sharper drop is expected in 2014.


  • Police Chief Cathy Lanier says Metropolitan Police Department headquarters is in such disrepair that the ceiling collapses on workers’ desks. There seems to be a “secret” plan to replace, swap, sell, or renovate the building at 300 Indiana Ave. NW. [WBJ]
  • At least 5,000 of the D.C’s poorest children are not receiving the necessary mental health treatment, according to a new study from a mental health advocacy group. [Post]
  • The Wizards beat the Pacers last night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. [News4]
  • The D.C. Council is considering a bill today that would make the parking ticket appeals process quicker and more transparent. [WAMU]


Tender’s Game: The most interesting man on Capitol Hill doesn’t work in the Capitol. He’s a longtime bartender in the neighborhood—-and has been about the only constant there over the last 50 years. Meet Rudi Appl in our latest cover story.

Straight from Broadway: Why do D.C. theater pieces so quickly close on Broadway?

Gird Your Liver: Here’s a rundown of some of the more than 70 events across the District this week in celebration of Savor beer festival.

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

  • D.C. police HQ is in such bad shape that Chief Cathy Lanier fears the ceiling will fall on important items. [WBJ]
  • The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs wants to spend $4 million on a TurboTax-style website. [WBJ]
  • Mary Cheh bill would make challenging tickets easier. [WAMU]
  • Lawyers back D.C. Council in budget autonomy lawsuit. [Legal Times]
  • Ron Moten talks violence after zoo shooting. [Post]
  • DDOT looks for $20 million for the Anacostia streetcar. [WBJ]
  • H Street NE streetcar won’t start until late summer at the earliest. [WTOP]
  • Man accused of setting Petworth fire that killed his wife. [Post]
  • Vince Gray receives surprise award from gay group. [Blade]

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

  • Just how perverse is the homeownership craze? Imagine buying food the same way. [NYT]
  • Students create a map of where D.C. homeless kids go to school. [Middle Child in DC]
  • The Farm at Walker Jones bids adieu. [WJFarm]
  • The wasteland that will become the world’s largest urban greenhouse. [Atlantic Cities]
  • DDOT shames people who park in bike lanes. [DCist]
  • The aftermath of the K Street NW strip club collapse. [Curbed]
  • Logan Circle garden will become residences. [SALM]
  • Adams Morgan dog daycare could become up to 145 residences. [UrbanTurf]
  • Until it’s replaced, MPD headquarters is in rough shape. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: 1BR condo by the convention center—$414,900

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

  • Art auction prices are rising to absurd heights. When will the bubble burst? [Post]
  • A fifth grader from Silver Spring is one of 50 finalists in a nationwide Google doodle contest. Vote her up! [NBC4]
  • Costume designer Deb Sivigny crafted a single set that will serve as a backdrop for every play in the Source Festival. [theatreWashington]
  • Kitty Kelley, a local biographer of fancy people, will center her next book on the “verve and dynamic of the loveliest 12 square blocks in Washington.” No, she’s not talking about Bloomingdale. [Washingtonian]
  • Leeway Overlee’s infamous “busty mermaid” sculpture has been traded out for something far less titillating. [ARLNow]
  • A new documentary about D.C. punk is raising its final post-production funds on Kickstarter. [Bandwidth]
  • “Pancake Mountain,” a rad D.C.-born kids TV show that went off the air in 2012, is BACK. [PBS]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C.’s best tacos, guacamole, burritos, margaritas, and more [BYT]
  • The 10 best happy hour deals in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Impala Cantina y Taqueria opening on H Street NE this week. [Eater]
  • Italian restaurant and gourmet grocery Carluccio’s is coming to Old Town Alexandria. [WBJ]
  • ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen opens in Chinatown today. [Post]
  • Fishnet opens in Shaw. [PoPville]
  • Pizza Vinoteca coming to Ballston. [ARLnow]