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All 13 early voting centers opened in the District on Saturday. They’ll be open every day until Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to Sunday 7 p.m. Here is a list of the voting sites and their current wait times.


  • A D.C. woman who thought she was having a stroke got out of an ambulance and took the Metro to the hospital  after the paramedics starting arguing with one another, making her feel unsafe. [News4]
  • Three armed robberies, which might have all been carried out by the same person, were reported within an hour of each other early Sunday morning in Georgetown, the West End, and the Dupont area. [Post]
  • A look at the kunsthalle — an art museum without a permanent collection — coming to the vacant Franklin School in downtown D.C. [New York Times]
  • The Economist examines the D.C. elections and says the races resemble a Quentin Tarantino film. [Economist]
  • How Muriel Bowser‘s campaign is trying to beat Mayor Vince Gray in the final stretch. [Post]


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.

War on Bikes? At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds wants to end bike lanes on “narrow” streets.

Bowser Time [Again]: Muriel Bowser once again tops the Mayoral Power Rankings.

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

  • Colby KingRon Machen treated Vince Gray unfairly. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser tries to pull together the Gray opposition. [Post]
  • Bickering paramedics cause woman to leave ambulance. [NBC 4]
  • Some ex-prisoners back Gray. [Post]
  • More early voting centers open. [Post, WAMU]
  • The second-to-last round of Mayoral Power Rankings. [LL]
  • Chuck Thies, smack-talking mayoral campaign manager. [Post]
  • Imagining a District government with Gray on trial. [Post]
  • House of Cards likely isn’t likely to leave Maryland, Vincent Orange‘s intervention aside. [Washingtonian]
  • Shadow senator Paul Strauss profiled in the New York Times[Times]
  • Post ed board: Phil Mendelson leads “foolishness” against Height Act changes. [Post]
  • More money trails in Gray scandal. [Post]
  • “With a cast that includes a Mr Gray, a Mr Orange and, if you include the city council, a Mr White, the District of Columbia’s elections already resembled a Quentin Tarantino film.” [Economist]
  • LL’s Ward 6 debate is tomorrow at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Event starts at 8 p.m. [R&RH]
  • Vigil held for missing girl. [DCist]
  • Five myths about Gray [Post]
  • Gray honoring centenarians at lunch. [Times]
  • Jim Graham wants retail help for U and 14th NW. [WBJ]
  • Where’s the Coast Guard revival at St. Elizabeths? [Housing Complex]

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

  • Anita Bonds wants to ban new bike lanes on narrow residential streets for the time being. [City Desk]
  • For rent: Armed Forces Retirement Home heating plant. [Post]
  • D.C. area’s No. 2 in new apartments in 2014, behind Dallas. [UrbanTurf]
  • A profile of the museum coming to the old Franklin School. [NYT]
  • To no one’s surprise, Trader Joe’s is cheaper than Whole Foods. [DCist]
  • D.C. hasn’t seen the office-to-residential conversions of other cities. [Post]
  • Today on the market: 1BR condo in the “hip West End”—$445,000

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

  • David Brockie, aka Oderus Urung of Richmond satirical metal legends Gwar, has died. [Style Weekly]
  • Sorry, D.C.: Kevin Spacey holds court in Annapolis wine bar to charm Maryland lawmakers. [Post]
  • New Outputmessage music! [Bandwidth]
  • How the Folger Shakespeare Library wound up in D.C. [Express]
  • The big winner of Friday’s Pizza Underground show at the Black Cat? Manny and Olga’s, obviously. [Post]
  • Welcome back, D.C. punks The Fordists! [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Ten pastas your nonna would love [The Plate]
  • Where to find unusual pizza toppings [Eater]
  • The 10 best fries in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • Grillfish has a new chef and new menus. [PoPville]
  • Where to find inventive bloody marys in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Former Bluejacket brewer Megan Parisi heads back to New England. [Post]
  • Wishful drinking: a guide to outdoor drinking [BYT]