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  • A 20-year-old riding a motorbike was struck and killed in D.C. by an unmarked police car five years ago. The collision was ruled an accident. But new public documents in a wrongful death suit between the deceased’s mother and the District government show that the police officer may have hit the biker on purpose. [Loose Lips]
  • Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 8-year-old girl who was last seen in the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE on February 26. [News4]
  • Why is the Silver Line delayed this time around? Among the reasons is that hundreds of speakers at the five stations need to be torn out and replaced because they don’t meet fire code. [Post]
  • House of Cards‘ Kevin Spacey is scheduled to be in Annapolis Friday to attend a reception with members of the state’s General Assembly to push for more Maryland tax credits for the Netflix show. [Post]


Rosslyn Hip: Could Rosslyn be on the verge of having a dining scene?

Trust Me, I’m the Mayor-for-Life: Marion Barry endorses Vince Gray for mayor, which is a big deal because, as Barry says: “It’s no secret that I’m the most popular elected official in the city.”

No Entry: The hearing of the lieutenant who reportedly ignored pleas to help a dying elderly man outside her fire station is underway, but unfortunately the public and media were barred from listening in.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)ry backs Vince Gray. [LLPost, AP]

  • Barry endorsement could backfire in the general, says Dana Milbank. [Post]
  • Questions abound in Metropolitan Police Department crash investigation. [LL]
  • No reporters allowed at Medric Mills fire department hearing. [City Desk, WAMUPost]
  • At-large candidate Nate Bennett-Fleming declares opponent Anita Bonds the worst at-large councilmember in history. [LL]
  • D.C. United stadium backers swamp pols with emails. [WAMU]
  • Baltimore sees Vincent Orange working to get House of Cards. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Progressive groups back rivals in Ward 1. [LL]
  • George Washington University, land baron. [Housing Complex]
  • An easier way to get D.C. laws. [Post]

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

  • The Education Issue: sports, veterans, and real estate in D.C. universities. [WCP]
  • Darrell Issa: The Height Act is preventing D.C. from luring its NFL team back to town. [Roll Call]
  • The streetcar gets in the way of dedicated bus lanes on H and I streets NW. [GGW]
  • Newcomers and old timers duke it out at a Southwest cooperative. [Post]
  • Solar-powered lights come to downtown bike lanes. [Downtown BID]
  • A cycletrack could be part of an improved Florida Avenue NE. [DCist]
  • Explaining a charter school’s success: discipline and low turnover. [GGE]
  • Today on the market: Brentwood rowhouse—$330,000

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

  • More on Councilmember Vincent Orange‘s quest to snag House of Cards from Maryland [Baltimore Sun]
  • Meanwhile, House of Cards‘ Kevin Spacey is lobbying Annapolis. [Post]
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library posted HTML versions of all of the Bards plays online for free. [DCist]
  • Where the Pizza Underground should eat tonight [Going Out Guide]
  • Talking with D.C. synthpop outfit Brett [Blisspop]

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

  • The 10 hottest bars in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Where to get breakfast (not brunch) [BYT]
  • Bombay Curry Club to reopen in Del Rey. [NoVa Mag]
  • Chef José Andrés will deliver the George Washington University commencement speech. [In The Capital]
  • Eight pizza joints for people who don’t like pizza [Eater]
  • Las Placitas opening second restaurant at 4724 14th St. NW. [PoPville]
  • Tyber Bierhaus opens in Bethesda. [Post]