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The Metropolitan Police Department has changed some of its search procedures following its failed search last July for autistic 7-year-old Michael Kingsbury, who likely died from heat and whose body was found in a car.


  • Twenty-six families have left D.C. homeless shelters since Mayor Vince Gray launched his 500 families, 100 days program on April 1. [DCist]
  • Mayor Vince Gray‘s proposal to overhaul the city’s school boundaries raises the question: Should D.C. give up neighborhood schools in favor of an expanded lottery system that scatters the city’s children? [Post]
  • Officials say they “dropped the ball” when it came to trash pick up at the National Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray warned Council Chairman Phil Mendelson that the District could be heading toward a self-imposed shutdown if it follows the 2013 budget autonomy referendum, which city officials have described as invalid. [Loose Lips]


2014 Best of D.C:.Make sure to read Washington City Paper‘s Best Of D.C. 2014 issue—-192 pages of the best in everything that D.C. has to offer.There are staff picks, reader picks, and everything from Best Metro Driver to Best Restaurant to Bang In.

Metro Star: Meet Lamour Rogers, D.C.’s best Metro driver.

Cheese Please: The District’s new grilled cheese restaurant, GCDC, opened Friday to much fanfare.

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

  • Vince Gray, CFO Jeff DeWitt predict catastrophe if Phil Mendelson sticks to budget autonomy budget. [LL, WAMUWashingtonianRoll CallPost]
  • Jack Evans wants elections overhaul. [LL]
  • Twenty-six families leave homeless shelter under new Gray program. [DCist]
  • Fire chief pitches new ambulance deployment plan. [Post]
  • Police change procedures after Michael Kingsbury death. [Post]
  • M Street bike lane gets closer to opening. [Post]
  • How the mayoral primary broke down demographically. [Housing Complex]
  • Fate of neighborhood schools on the line in new boundaries proposals. [Post]
  • Greater Greater Washington’s Dave Alpert accuses Muriel Bowser of dodging on issues. [Post]
  • Colby King: Don’t blame “everybody” for Relisha Rudd disappearance, blame these people. [Post]
  • D.C.-area growth rate dips. [Post]
  • GWU prof wonders how Bowser will be for women. [Hatchet]
  • Complaints aside, bike lanes may not slow traffic after all. [Housing Complex]
  • Big cherry blossom crowds bring big trash load. [Post]

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

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

  • The CIA’s preferred torture music? The Red Hot Chili Peppers, of course. [WTOP]
  • Dance icon Debbie Allen took home a big award from the D.C. Tap Festival. [Post]
  • Rick Ross kept his shirt on (and Fat Trel didn’t) at Echostage. [Post]
  • BRNDA‘s debut album is a deft mix of the serious and the silly. [DCist]
  • The Corcoran’s NEXT exhibit by the numbers [Post]
  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Art will display the works of 40 high school students from the state. [WAMU]

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

  • Why food critics are the worst dates [NoVa Mag]
  • New cocktail classes at the St. Regis Hotel [Washingtonain]
  • A universal guide to bad Chinese takeout [VICE]
  • The best places for housemade pastas in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Rolling Ficelle food truck under new management. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Watch Mike Isabella deep fry a pig’s head. [Eater]