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The District’s voter rolls may not be honest, according to the Washington Times, which reports that as many as 13,000 former residents now in Prince George’s County can still vote in D.C.


  • Rain doesn’t stop Tommy Wells from announcing his run for mayor. [City Desk]
  • LivingSocial hopes events will make up for lackluster deals. [Post]
  • Campaign donors get real estate tax breaks. [WAMU]
  • D.C. man won’t be prosecuted for unregistered gun he used to kill violent pit bull. [Times]
  • Metro will start offering a new weeklong fare deal. [NBC 4]


Photo of the Day: Paramore at Fillmore Silver Spring.

History Repeats Itself: Toronto mayor Rob Ford has allegedly been caught on tape smoking crack, not unlike former D.C. mayor Marion Barry. But Barry says his own case is nothing like Ford’s.

Chuck Brown Remembered: A year after his death, fans of “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown celebrated his legacy.

Lean Years: The $40 cocktail at Azur is no more.

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

  • Big investigation into the financial ties between developers and elected officials [WAMU]
  • The neighborhoods where homes are selling the slowest [UrbanTurf]
  • What happened to DDOT’s once-awesome Twitter presence? [GGW]
  • A map of all the vacant and blighted properties in Ward 1 [New Columbia Heights]
  • Cab drivers suspended for gas station loitering. [City Desk]
  • Does male-dominated engineering make cycling less accessible for women? [Streetsblog]
  • Digging into the history of an Adams Morgan cemetery [WJLA]
  • More evidence that the housing market is rebounding [Post]
  • Will St. Es live up to the hype? Weigh in. [Congress Heights on the Rise]
  • Dreaming of Tiffany’s [Post]
  • GW plans to tear down a grad student residence hall. [GW Hatchet]
  • Today on the market: Compact Cleveland Park condo

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Phil Kennicott on the Hirshhorn Bubble: “It would be good for the Smithsonian, good for the District and good for America.” [Post]
  • Meanwhile, from an annoying Washington Post reader: “I suggest that the Hirshhorn folks scramble their resources for a better cause. Please don’t make the Mall a laughingstock.” [Post]
  • Avalon Theatre makes digital transition. [WTOP]
  • George Washington University obtains permit to begin construction on Textile Museum’s new location. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Gershwin Prize winner Carole King to be honored at White House. [AP via WJLA]
  • Improv teacher Shawn Westfall celebrates a decade at the D.C. Improv. [WAMU]
  • Cable TV employs lots of District-area residents. [Post]
  • An update on the Ontario Theater development in Adams Morgan [Housing Complex]

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

  • The top 10 lobster rolls around D.C. [The Plate]
  • Virginia wineries affected by late season frost. [WBJ]
  • Check out Table‘s new rooftop in Shaw. [Eater]
  • Drink this: Del Campo‘s Fernet con Cola [Post]
  • Inside Wydown Coffee Bar [BYT]
  • Ripple in Cleveland Park launches brunch. [PoPville]
  • How to cook soft shell crabs [NYT]
  • Nutella superfan gets cease and desist letter. [HuffPost]