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The D.C. Council recently passed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 by 2016, but activists are pushing a ballot initiative to increase that to $12.50 by 2017. The D.C. Board of Elections is reviewing the initiative and if it is approved, the group behind it will need to collect 23,000 signatures for it to appear on the November ballot.


  • The trial of singer Chris Brown, who is accused of assaulting a man in D.C., starts today. [WAMU]
  • Officials identified a police officer they found dead in his D.C. apartment after he didn’t show up for work. There were no signs of trauma or indications of foul play. [Post]
  • The District gained no new jobs in March and the unemployment rate for the month was 7.5 percent—-up from 7.4 percent in February. [Capital Business]
  • Police are searching for a group of people that were involved in a shooting near the intersection of 14th and Cedar streets SE over the weekend. [News4]


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.

Everyone’s Doing It: Are you running for D.C. Council this year? Here’s a handy chart to check.

: RGIII has dinner with…Uncle Earl?

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

  • Arbitration board backs fire department’s new work schedule. [Post]
  • Cooperating with the feds doesn’t keep Jeff Thompson too busy to hang out with Robert Griffin III. [LL]
  • Here’s what the driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants will look like. [Post]
  • City could be on the hook for $60K after ANC recording disappears. [LL]
  • The April 1 primary had really, really bad turnout. [Post]
  • Activists push minimum wage referendum. [WAMU]
  • Party on: DCRA agrees to temporarily let Ibiza nightclub reopen. [WBJ]
  • New Office of Planning boss gets a “baptism by fire” in front of the Council. [WBJ]
  • District could build a bridge from Parkside to Deanwood. [Housing Complex]
  • More on the two homeless men found dead after cold night. [Post]
  • District’s pedestrian fatality rate is among the lowest for big cities. [WAMU]
  • Volunteers keep looking for Relisha Rudd. [Post]

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

  • Housing Authority hopes to bring affordable housing to Hebrew Home on Spring Road NW. [Park View D.C.]
  • New Planning Director Ellen McCarthy‘s “baptism by fire.” [WBJ]
  • Bodies found near I-295 identified, appear to be homeless and hypothermic. [WJLA]
  • D.C. gained no jobs in March. [Post]
  • Here’s how cities are speeding up bus routes. [Streetsblog]
  • CBS heads to Capitol Riverfront. [WBJ]
  • A hundred D.C. General residents could be moved from building with environmental hazards. [DCist]
  • A streetcar for New York? [NYT]
  • Today on the market: 1BR Mount Vernon Triangle condo—$430,000

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

  • Sheila Crider‘s “Here to Here” installation will lead the way to the St. Elizabeths East Campus as it’s redeveloped. [East City Art]
  • Awesome Con’s attempt at a Guinness world record was an epic fail. [DCist]
  • Did you come home on Record Store Day with a bag full of “vinyl” or “vinyls”? Screw authority and call ’em whatever the hell you want. [Post]
  • Woolly Mammoth pulls the plug on its planned Russian theater festival due to funding freezes in Moscow, a symptom of faltering U.S.-Russia relations. [Post]
  • In honor of Record Store Day, a slideshow of Dupont’s vinyl shops of yore [DCist]
  • Hunt Laudi Studio and artist Barbara Liotta will design the new Metro Memorial Park at the Blair Road Community Garden. [East City Art]

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

  • Where to find the best real-deal bagels in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Another ramen burger hits the area. [NoVa Mag]
  • Chef Dennis Marron leaves Poste Moderne Brasserie for Pittsburgh. [Eater]
  • List of 13 restaurants that have closed in the last year and saddened some [PoPville]
  • Where to eat and what to do in downtown Silver Spring [Post]
  • Old ladies have dominated the history of weed brownies. [VICE]
  • Powdered alcohol—now a thing [Gawker]
  • Penang Restaurant prepares to unveil new renovations. [Bethesda Mag]