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Election Day has finally arrived: D.C. Polls opened today at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You can find your polling location here. If you are not registered to vote, it’s not too late; D.C. has same-day voter registration, so you can register at your polling location. And if you’re still unsure who to vote for—-either for the mayoral Democratic primary or any of the ward races—-make sure to read Washington City Paper‘s election guide. Follow our Loose Lips blog for election coverage throughout the day and night.


  • While searching for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, police believe they found the body of the man they suspect was last seen with the girl, Kahlil Tatum. Officials say it appears Tatum committed suicide. [City Desk]
  • The mayoral primary appears to be between Muriel Bowser and Mayor Vince Gray and the results will likely hinge on voter turnout. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray signed legislation Monday that would decriminalize marijuana. Before it becomes law, the bill still has to pass Congressional review. [WJLA]
  • A woman in her apartment on the 4200 block of 7th Street SE reports she was awoken in the middle of the night and sexually assaulted by a masked stranger armed with a knife. [News4]


Politics Issue: The long awaited pre-election issue is out. Read it to see the editors’ election endorsements and nonendorsements, fascinating poll results, and to learn more about politics of pot, foodies, and more.

Shady Politics: The shadow senator primary is also today and the candidates are arguing over who has a shadier past.

Whatta Guy: This man is accused of doing yoga, then publicly masturbating, and then throwing a dead animal at a car near the Mount Vernon Trail in Virginia.

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

  • It’s primary day. Check LL throughout the day for updates, follow our roving reports on Twitter, then check back again tonight for even updates from the mayoral parties. [LL, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter]
  • Which mayoral party is right for you? [LL]
  • Vince Gray signs marijuana decriminalization bill. [WAMU]
  • Early voting low ahead of election. [WAMU]
  • Once more with feeling: the Post‘s endorsements. [Post]
  • Remember the Wells scarves? [Roll Call]
  • Democratic State Committee slates face off. [Post, LL]
  • School lottery results released. [WAMU]
  • Shadow senate candidates trade barbs in mailers. [LL]
  • District looks for St. Elizabeths developer. [Post, Housing Complex]
  • 37K+ residents sign up on health insurance exchange. [WAMU]
  • Police union slams Phil Mendelson on hate crimes. [Blade]
  • Bowser campaign manager Bo Shuff “shuns the spotlight.” [Blade]
  • OMG! Gray declares Millennial Week. [City Desk]
  • District government wants solar panels on 49 city buildings. [WBJ]

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

  • The polls are open! Here’s who to vote for. [WCP]
  • Building amenities take a turn for the canine. [Post]
  • But is it bad for housing affordability? [Streetsblog]
  • D.C. seeks to install solar panels on 49 city buildings. [WBJ]
  • Coming to Georgetown: a cupcake ATM? [DCist]
  • An update on Anacostia’s Big K development. [GGW]
  • D.C.’s federal employment drops to lowest level in five years. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Congress Heights 4BR detached house—$175,000

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

  • Playing the marimba is a theatrical, flirtatious endeavor if you’re Naoko Takada. [Post]
  • A new documentary honors E.B. Henderson, who introduced basketball to D.C.’s black athletes. [Falls Church News-Press]
  • Furniteur dropped its debut single, “Modern Love.” [Newdust]
  • Studio Theatre shows off a new website, logo, and parking plan with its 2014-2015 season. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • D.C. is home to the nation’s highest percentage of TV binge-watchers. [DCist]
  • Photos of The Ataris and Authority Zero at the Fillmore [BYT]
  • The Washington Post got flack for nixing a Pearls Before Swine strip over offensive language. [Post]
  • Greys, a Toronto band often compared to Fugazi, released “Guy Picciotto,” a song mocking hero worship in music. [Pitchfork]
  • The NMAAHC will house photos of the freed slaves of Gullah Island. [The Root]

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

  • Taylor Gourmet and &pizza coming to Reagan National Airport. [DCist]
  • Nine sandwiches you need to try [Zagat]
  • Impala Cantina Y Taqueria take-out window now open on H Street NE. [PoPville]
  • Sprinkles cupcake ATM coming to D.C. this fall. Allegedly. [Eater]
  • Longtime chef Paul Pelt is out at Tabard Inn. [Post]
  • The spring/summer food guide [BYT]