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Last school year, about 15,000 D.C. public school students, or about 32 percent of all students, had more than 10 days of unexcused absences and at least 40 percent of students missed at least 18 days of school. Truancy has long been a problem in District schools, but the issued has received renewed attention following the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, who had accrued more than 30 absences before a school official alerted authorities.


  • Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced that a deal has been reached to keep the filming of the third season of House of Cards in Maryland. [WAMU]
  • The District’s lobbying industry is showing growth after a three-year slump, with the 10 largest lobby shops reporting a collective 3 percent increase in lobbying fees during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013. [Post]
  • The dinosaur and fossil hall at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History is closing today for five years of renovations. [NPR]
  • The Wizards beat the Bulls again Sunday, giving them a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. [NBC4]


The Great Divide: The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design is expected to essentially dissolve itself this spring. In our latest cover story, Kriston Capps poses 22 questions (and answers them) that the institution should address before it hands over the art collection and some museum space to the National Gallery of Art and the college and building to George Washington University.

Not The Will Of The People: When Anacostia Supermarket closed, residents said they did not want it to be replaced by a dialysis center. Now, it’s being replaced by a dialysis center and (and a 7-Eleven).

Health Concerns: Some Stronghold residents are concerned that their drinking water could be tied to higher than average rates of cancer in the small neighborhood.

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

  • Truancy rampant in D.C. schools. [Post]
  • Convicted grant thief Keely Thompson and FBI agents argued over whether he was leaking information about their Jim Graham investigation. [LL]
  • David Catania rallies public school parents for mayoral bid. [Post]
  • Potential hospital bankruptcy could threaten D.C. patients. [Post]
  • Marion Barry protege Trayon White alleges turkey giveaway brutality. [LL]
  • Anacostia residents don’t want their grocery store replaced by a dialysis clinic. Instead, they get…a dialysis clinic. [Housing Complex]
  • Data shows Washingtonians opposing school lottery proposal. [Post]
  • D.C. development in one .gif. [Post]
  • On second thought, maybe the District isn’t “raping” residents with toll lanes. [DCist]
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office drops case of gay man’s death. [Blade]

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

  • Is homeownership a good investment? It depends. [Vox]
  • Check out changes on D.C. corners through Google Street View. [Post]
  • D.C. needs more east-west bike lanes. [GGW]
  • Some Stronghold residents allege their water is causing cancer. [City Desk]
  • Like the Silver Line, the streetcar could start running this summer, at long last. [DCist]
  • Neighbors think the convention center hotel, opening this week, will boost business. [Post]
  • A timeline of the hotel’s history [Post]
  • Today on the market: 16th and U 2BR condo—$425,000

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

  • An oral history of chickfactor, a feminist music zine formed in the WCP offices of the ’90s [Wondering Sound]
  • A tribute to Victor Shargai, a longtime advocate for D.C. theater who won a lifetime achievement award at last week’s Helen Hayes Awards [Post]
  • The Smithsonian has closed its dinosaur hall for the foreseeable future to set up a new T. rex skeleton. [DCist]
  • The Post ran a controversial Watergate cartoon from 1973 for the first time last week. [Post]
  • It’s festival month! Get out there and pet some sheep. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. will celebrate the 75th anniversary of legendary jazz label Blue Note, beginning this weekend. [Post]

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

  • Two Cava Mezze Grills coming to Maryland. [Eater]
  • Where Mike Isabella takes guest chefs when they’re in town. [Washingtonian]
  • Plan early: best bets for Mothers’ Day dining [Zagat]
  • Streets Market and Cafe opens on 14th Street NW. [PoPville]
  • DGS Delicatessen opening second location at Mosaic District. [WBJ]
  • What the chefs of the world’s top restaurants think are the world’s top restaurants [WSJ]
  • Is Capitol Hill losing its character? [Capitol Hill Corner]