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A House Oversight subcommittee is scheduled to examine the District’s recently passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton warns this could be the first step of Congress overturning the local act.


  • The Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls in overtime last night, giving the team a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Game 3 is Friday in D.C. [ESPN]
  • Police are still searching for the suspect who shot two people outside the National Zoo Monday. The zoo says it’s reviewing its safety procedures following the shooting. [News4]
  • A new app, OurDCSchools, allows people to enter their D.C.  address and see how proposed school boundary changes would affect them. [WAMU]
  • Anacostia Park is now home to the District’s first outdoor gym. [WJLA]


The Final Picture: The financially strapped Filmfest D.C.’s 28th and likely last year kicked off this week with a line-up of more than 80 films over the next 10 days, including the opening-night selection of The Grand Seduction and the closing-night film The Bachelor Weekend. Read our guide of what to see and what to skip.

DC Cool: Nothing says cool like Le Diplomate. Right, New Yorker readers?

Bigger Not Always Better: The second year of Awesome Con was bigger, but was it actually better?

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

  • A House subcommittee will take up the District’s marijuana decriminalization bill. [DCistPost]
  • Budget autonomy fight heads to court. [LL]
  • Local treasure Russ Ptacek camps out in front of Muriel Bowser‘s office. [Twitter]
  • Jail guard arrested after allegedly agreeing to smuggle in contraband. [Post]
  • How D.C. beat out Prince George’s County for CBS Radio. [WBJ]
  • Police pursue trail assaulters. [Post]
  • LGBT groups unhappy about missing out on city grants. [Blade]
  • What caused the shooting at the National Zoo? [Post]
  • Use an app to figure out your school boundary status. [WAMU]
  • Courtland Milloy thought experiment: What if the panda got shot? [Post]
  • Post ed board: “Metro…is effectively on probation.” [Post]

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

  • The network of tunnels that nearly crisscrossed downtown D.C. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Metro sustainability initiative aims to boost ridership 25 percent by 2025. [PlanItMetro]
  • GSA looks to consolidate Independence Avenue buildings. [WBJ]
  • Want to know how you’ll be affected by school boundary changes? There’s an app for that. [GGW]
  • A quantitative assessment of homelessness this winter. [DCist]
  • Anacostia Park gets an outdoor fitness center. [WJLA]
  • How D.C. beat Prince George’s County in luring CBS Radio. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Cubist Brightwood townhouse—$669,900

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

  • Our meta take on D.C.’s theater prom: The Helen Hayes Awards Awards (no, that’s not a typo) [Arts Desk]
  • The latest Captain America movie features a scene in the National Air and Space Museum—and it wasn’t easy to film. [Washingtonian]
  • Elizabeth Warren makes politics personal in her new book, A Fighting Chance. [Post]
  • The Dunes will close its doors for good on April 30. [Arts Desk]
  • The Kennedy Center’s “Tango, Song and Dance” takes a stab at mixing classical music with, um, fun. [Post]
  • According to the Humor Research Lab, D.C. is America’s fourth funniest city. [DCist]

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

  • 12 epic seafood towers around D.C. [Zagat]
  • 29 boozy brunches in D.C., by neighborhood [Thrillist]
  • Soupergirl to open in downtown D.C. [Post]
  • Bartender Owen Thomson now working part-time at Rose’s Luxury. [Eater]
  • This woman ate critters from a pet store for a week. [VICE]
  • Artisanal toast, six ways [NPR]