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Why did Robert Griffin III skip out on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? It’s a mystery, but what is clear is that Dan Snyder isn’t fond of the RGIII nickname. ““It’s Robert,” he tells the Post.


  • FBI investigating relationship between Gov. Bob McDonnell and donor. [NBC4]
  • Mayor Vince Gray insists D.C. is ready for a terrorist attack after all. [Examiner]
  • Friday afternoon brawl between teenagers at Chinatown Metro leads to six arrests. [WTOP]
  • Republicans oppose Virginia’s “outer Beltway” plan. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Woman Checking Smartphone.

Closing Time: Sequestration cuts will close parts of the Hirshhorn, the African Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Castle.

New Development: Several developers are competing to build at Walter Reed.

Rogue Trading:Washington restaurant Rogue24 is being sued for trademark infringement by an Oregon company over its name.

Cab Redesign: D.C.’s cab design will reportedly be red with a gray stripe.

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

  • The D.C. Council special election map looks, well, like past election maps. [GGW]
  • Three Smithsonian museums feel the pain of sequestration. [Arts Desk]
  • What to expect from the new secretary of transporation. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Walk the future M Street bike lane on Monday. [WABA]
  • D.C. cabs get a racy new design. [City Desk]
  • It’s hard out there in Cleveland Park. [Cleveland Park Complaints]
  • Planning the Mid-City East of the future. [UrbanTurf]
  • Harris Teeter continues its Mid-City East-area takeover with planned store at McMillan. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Bloomingdale townhouse

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

  • The earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral competes for $100,000 in repair money. [WTOP]
  • Imagination Stage announces its 2013-14 season. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • You can now buy Hard Art, the new book of D.C. punk photos from photographer Lucian Perkins, in the Dischord store. [Dischord]
  • Hey, theater people: Prolific Tweeter and playwright Gwydion Suilebhan holds the key to your Twitter fame. [Gwydion Suilebhan]

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

  • Where to eat Mexican food in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Where to eat for Mother’s Day bunch [Washingtonian]
  • Where to drink for Cinco de Mayo [Girl Meets Food]
  • A guide to drinking Amaro [Drink DC]
  • C.F. Folk’s chef departs. [Post]
  • Chef John Shields‘ pop-up plans [Eater]
  • Sushi restaurant replacing Acacia Gourmet in Capitol Hill [PoPville]