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Two men were shot outside the National Zoo on Connecticut Avenue at around 5:17 p.m Monday. Neither man is thought to be seriously injured. About 16,000 visitors went to the zoo yesterday for its annual Easter Monday event—-a more-than-100-year-old Washington tradition. In 2000, seven people were shot at an entrance to the zoo on the day of this event and, three years ago, a teenager was stabbed in a fight at the zoo on Easter Monday.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Singer Chris Brown‘s bodyguard was found guilty Monday for assaulting a man on a D.C. sidewalk. Brown’s trial was delayed until Wednesday as prosecutors determine whether to grant immunity to the bodyguard so he can testify. [CNN]
- The 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards were last night—-and it was boozy. Here’s a look at who took home awards at D.C.’s biggest night in theater. [Arts Desk]
- Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos‘ net worth has already dropped $6.3 billion this year. But don’t worry, the Amazon founder is still worth $29.7 billion. [WBJ]
- The D.C. DMV will start issuing new licenses that meet new federally mandated security requirements on May 1. Here’s everything you need to know about them. [City Desk]
- Despite objections from Ralph Nader, a developer says he will soon break ground on the new West End Neighborhood Library site. [Washington Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
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.
College Listserv News: Leaked emails allegedly show American University students part of a nonrecognized fraternity discussing rape and allegations of assault. Whodunnit? Who gifted Walmart’s D.C. lobbyist, David Wilmot, a Bentley?
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? email@example.com)
- Inspector General Charles Willoughby retires. [LL, Post]
- One of lobbyist David Wilmot‘s clients liked him enough to give him a Bentley. [LL]
- Vince Gray administration tries to move budget autonomy lawsuit into federal court. [Post]
- Two people shot at the National Zoo. [Times, WAMU]
- Get ready to replace your District driver’s license. [City Desk, Post, WAMU]
- Ralph Nader can’t stop West End Library development. [Post]
- Petula Dvorak: Homeless need affordable rents. [Post]
- Charter board set to consider new schools today and tomorrow. [Post]
- Post ed board backs HOT lanes. [Post]
- Clinton library release has a little bit of Home Rule. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Over Ralph Nader‘s objections, construction to begin soon on new West End Library. [Post]
- Full-page New Yorker ad promotes “DC Cool,” featuring Le Diplomate. [@jbarro]
- Bloomingdale home prices jump 20 percent. [UrbanTurf]
- Fort Totten project will break ground this spring. [WBJ]
- We’ve had more than enough public debate on the zoning update. [GGW]
- Report finds most homeless Washingtonians face discrimination. [DCist]
- D.C.’s preschools should do more to close the achievement gap. [GGE]
- Today on the market: Dupont studio—$249,900
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? email@example.com)
- D.C.’s last video rental store, Chevy Chase’s Potomac Video, closes its doors. [DCist]
- An interview with Avey Tare, a.k.a. Dave Portner, of Animal Collective and Slasher Flicks [BYT]
- Listen to Typefighter‘s “Nancy Sinatra,” from its debut album The End of Everything, out today. [USA Today]
- Hyattsville-based electronic duo PLOY dropped a new single yesterday: “Friend of a Friend.” [DC Music Download]
- A profile of Gillian Lynne, the hardworking choreographer of Cats, whose latest project is the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The Imaginary Invalid [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Confessions of a restaurant kleptomaniac [Food Riot]
- Quench chef Ed Hardy creates the ultimate pot-themed brownie. [Food Republic]
- Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier is planning a restaurant at Reagan National Airport. [Eater]
- Nine farmer’s market secrets from D.C. chefs [Zagat]
- District Taco now open at 20th and M streets NW [PoPville]
- D.C.’s honeybees need your help. [City Desk]