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Two new mayoral polls released Tuesday show incumbent Vince Gray and Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser statistically tied. According to a Post poll, Bowser has captured 30 percent of likely voters to Gray’s 27 percent. A NBC 4/Marist poll puts Bowser at 28 and Gray at 26 percent.


  • Ward 1 Council incumbent Jim Graham is alleging that his opponent, Brianne Nadeau, received special consideration from city officials for an interest-free home loan to buy her condominium. Nadeau denies any wrongdoing. [Post]
  • The FBI released footage showing missing D.C. girl Relisha Rudd walking down a hotel hallway with Kahlil Tatum on Feb. 26, the day she was last seen. [City Desk]
  • A look at the troubled student who created ricin in his Georgetown dormitory, an idea he got from Breaking Bad. [Post]
  • A new survey found that Capital Bikeshare stations are good for the businesses around them. [WAMU]


The Education Issue: Our latest issue focuses on higher education in D.C. Find out why UDC decided to save its athletics department, how student-veterans are adjusting to life in D.C. colleges, and the latest in GWU’s real estate adventures.

Campaign Songs: Ron Moten finally releasedVince Gray diss track and it features a Gray lookalike asking Uncle Earl for some campaign money.

Service Journalism: Most D.C. film critics were initially shut out from seeing biblical epic Noah until the Arts Desk started making some calls.

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

  • Jim Graham raises questions about Ward 1 rival Brianne Nadeau‘s home loan that he helped her get. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser, Gray tied in new polls. [LLPost, NBC 4, WAMU, Post]
  • Gray set to announce plans for a hospital to replace United Medical Center today, but does it make sense? [WBJ]
  • David Catania faces tough odds against Bowser in polls. [Blade]
  • Gray and Bowser spend campaign funds on TV ads, mailers. [Post, LL]
  • Drink a cocktail for your favorite mayoral candidate. [Young & Hungry]
  • City agrees to follow homeless ruling. [Housing Complex]
  • Gray nemesis Ron Moten returns with a Gray doppelganger. [LLPost]
  • Georgetown’s The Hoya paper endorses Bowser. [The Hoya]
  • Former ANC commissioner not wooed by candidates. [Post]
  • Bikeshare stations boost businesses. [WAMU]

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

  • Three developers bid on Navy Yard site; none is interested in Fort Totten. [WBJ]
  • The mayoral candidates’ views on a new D.C. football stadium. [GGW]
  • Dupont outlobbies Shaw for a Circulator route. [SALM]
  • Vince Gray signs bill to scrap property taxes for some seniors. [UrbanTurf]
  • With Lamont Video closing, D.C.’s down to just three video stores. [Arts Desk]
  • If the FBI moves to Prince George’s County, don’t count on a Greenbelt location. [WBJ]
  • The Washington Monument will reopen on May 12. [DCist]
  • FBI releases video of missing homeless girl and her suspected captor. [City Desk]
  • Today on the market: 2BR Mt. Pleasant co-op—$389,000

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

  • Get to know D.C.’s garage-rock scene. [Bandwidth]
  • ICYMI: Most D.C. critics initially weren’t invited to review the movie Noah, until we made some calls. [Arts Desk]
  • …and it looks like Paramount is now allowing previously shut-out critics in other parts of the country to see Noah, too. Victory! [Criticwire]
  • Once-ailing effort to build a women’s history museum on the Mall gains new life. [New York Times]
  • Why the Washington National Opera’s Christoph Eschenbach is keeping his job. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Tysons Corner America Eats Tavern hires chef Nate Waugaman. [Post]
  • Chefs talk plop-ins, pop-ups, and takeovers. [Eater]
  • Eight cold weather recipes from D.C. restaurants [Washingtonian]
  • How to open a bottle of wine with a shoe [NPR]
  • Eight places to try in Old Town Alexandria [Zagat]
  •  Republic Kitchen and Bar opens in Ballston. [ARLnow]
  • D.C. restaurateur launching upscale bus service from D.C. to New York. [WBJ]