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Maryland legislation that would provide millions of dollars in additional requested tax credits to keep the Netflix show House of Cards filming in the state fell apart at the last minute in dramatic Hollywood fashion as the clock struck midnight and this year’s General Assembly session came to a close. The show has threatened to leave if the state cannot meet its demands.


  • D.C. public schools released its detailed lottery data showing which schools parents were most interested in. [WAMU]
  • Tommy Wells, who chose running for mayor over sticking to his Ward 6 D.C. Council seat, says he is considering an at-large Council run. [Loose Lips]
  • Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh proposed reorganizing the city’s transportation agencies so that people would only have to deal with one agency for all their transportation issues instead of the current four. Her proposal would dissolve the city’s Taxicab Commisson. [Washington Post]
  • Former President Bill Clinton endorsed Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor of Maryland. [News4]


Election Issue: Our post-election Election Issue is on stands and online. Read it to find out what’s next in D.C. politics, how Muriel Bowser sealed her victory, and what Mayor Vince Gray’s sad last day on the campaign trail looked like.

Awwrrruuurrraawwwwr!: This D.C. guy played a commendable Chewbacca-related April Fool’s Day prank on his girlfriend.

Bar Nosedive: Yet another beloved dive bar bites the dust in Capitol Hill. This time it’s Remingtons, the country western gay spot with some of the worst carpet.

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

  • Mary Cheh proposes transportation agency overhaul. [WAMUPostTimes]
  • District Department of Transportation director bails from lame-duck administration. [LL, WAMUPost]
  • Tommy Wells considers an at-large D.C. Council bid. [LL]
  • Phil Mendelson holds legislation that would keep attorney general election in 2014. [Post, LL, WAMU]
  • City agencies will be reviewed following Relisha Rudd disappearance. [WAMU]
  • Muriel Bowser won’t debate David Catania until he makes the ballot. [Post, NBC 4]
  • M Street bike line weeks away from being ready, DDOT says. [WAMU]
  • District voters waited a long time in 2012. [Post]
  • Eric Holder says the Jeff Thompson plea timing was above board. [Post, DCist]
  • School lottery data released. [WAMU]
  • D.C. schools get snow day waiver. [Post]

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

  • DDOT director and chief engineer depart. [LL]
  • Eric Holder buys a $1.5 million condo at CityCenterDC. [WBJ]
  • BZA chair says it’s time to address residential parking permit restrictions. [UrbanTurf]
  • Vince Gray orders a review of city agencies’ roles in the Relisha Rudd disappearance. [WJLA]
  • “Social sports venue” planned near Nationals Park. [JDLand]
  • City holds international design competition for attractive playgrounds. [GGW]
  • The former Love nightclub will be auctioned. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: 1BR with den in southern Columbia Heights—$345,000

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

  • A map of D.C. as Twin Peaks, in honor of the 24th anniversary of the TV show’s debut [BYT]
  • All you Chewbacca impersonators out there, can I get an
    “Awwrrruuurrraawwwwr”? [City Desk]
  • The American Century Theater’s Jack Marshall on the process of choosing plays [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Luckily, this book of bathroom photos isn’t scratch ‘n sniff. [Arts Desk]
  • Eight of D.C.’s most architecturally interesting embassies—a bike tour waiting to happen. [Curbed]
  • Listen to the entirety of Deleted Scenes‘ new album, Lithium Burn. [Pitchfork]

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

  • Bartender J.P. Caceres acquitted on all charges in cabbie incident; his immigration fight continues. [Post]
  • Where to find pitchers and punch bowls [Eater]
  • Ten underrated burgers around D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Ten eateries celebrating Passover [Washingtonian]
  • Why chocolate is a bargaining chip in the Ukraine-Russia conflict [NPR]
  • Eight (food) reasons to drive to Baltimore [Zagat]
  • Beau Thai moving to a new, larger location in Shaw. [PoPville]