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The search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd took another heartbreaking turn yesterday when police said Kahlil Tatum could have killed her. Officials are now searching sprawling Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens for any signs of the girl. Residents at  the homeless shelter at the  former D.C. General Hospital, where Relisha was living and Tatum was a janitor, say security rules, particularly ones that prohibited staff from fraternizing with the residents, were often disregarded. Here’s a look at what this case and the lapses that led to it taking so long for Relisha to be reported missing say about homelessness in D.C.


  • Legislation that would give D.C. budget and legislative autonomy could soon get Senate consideration. [Post]
  • Metro approves fare hikes, which will go into effect July 1. [City Desk]
  • An interview with Muriel Bowser, who struggles to name legislation she has successfully pushed on the council. [DCist]
  • Stories of education, gentrification, traffic, and more from each of the city’s wards. [WAMU]


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.

Dear Abby: Should a white woman wear a Chocolate City shirt?

Uncorked: Khalid Pitts, who owns Logan Circle’s Cork Wine Bar and Cork Market and Tasting Room with his wife, said he’ll file papers today to run as an independent in November’s at-large election.

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

  • Don’t ask Muriel Bowser about her legislative accomplishments and expect to get away with it. [DCist]
  • Vincent Orange sues to get into televised debate. [LL]
  • Police turn to “recovery” in Relisha Rudd search. [WTOPCity DeskWAMUTimesPost]
  • Anita Bonds defends her at-large seat. [Post]
  • Bonds crushes her opponents in poll. [LL]
  • District autonomy could make it to the Senate. [Post]
  • Post ed board wants run-offs. [Post]
  • Northwest Current wants you to vote for Bowser or Evans. [LL]
  • Cork wine bar owner will run for the set-aside at-large seat. [LL]
  • Your guide to mayoral race endorsements. [LL]
  • Metro increases fares. [WAMU, City Desk, WAMU]
  • What the Rudd case means for homeless families. [Housing Complex]
  • This Chevy Chase woman can’t stop getting carjacked! [NBC 4]

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

  • Tales of housing, development, and schools from all eight wards. [WAMU]
  • Watch D.C. and D.C.-area home prices diverge. [OPinions]
  • Home prices jump in Logan and Dupont. [WBJ]
  • Get ready for the school-boundary melee. [GGE]
  • 147 luxury apartments are coming to Capitol Hill next year. [ElevationDC]
  • Fundrise raises $100,000 in two hours for 7th Street NW property. [UrbanTurf]
  • Berlin tries what D.C. can’t: Curbing rising rents by building up. [Atlantic Cities]
  • In honor of the Elite 8, eight D.C.-area homes with basketball courts. [WBJ]
  • A second Marriott by the Convention Center wins ANC approval. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Georgetown 2BR condo—$559,900

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer. (tips? jfischer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Last night, City Paper critic Kriston Capps discussed the future of the Corcoran with the Post‘s Philip Kennicott and Modern Art Notes’ Tyler Green. Here’s what was tweeted from the room. [Post]
  • D.C. prosecutors want to get Chris Brown out of jail in L.A. so he can stand trial for assault here. [Post]
  • How to put a giant fiberglass Buddha back together [DCist]
  • Brightest Young Things’ spring/summer guides for theater, comedy, music, and film [BYT]

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

  • Twelve items to improve your wineaholic lifestyle [BuzzFeed]
  • The best restaurants to break your diet [Zagat]
  • How to move a 12-foot buddha from former Buddha Bar? Cut it in half. [DCist]
  • Dram & Grain expands to Friday reservations. [Eater]
  • Ozzy Osbourne sends cease and desist to Baltimore’s Brewer’s Art over Ozzy ale. [Baltimore City Paper]
  • El Rey now has Peking duck tacos. [Post]
  • Capital Teas coming to Barracks Row. [PoPville]
  • Twelve steps for surviving Trade Joe’s [BYT]
  • Two things to know about Copperwood Tavern that have nothing to do with drinking [NoVa Mag]