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Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser is running for mayor, so here’s the dirt on her uncovered in this week’s Washington City Paper cover story: She never finished her dissertation, and she smoked weed once, but it made her sleepy.


  • MetroAccess driver charged with sexually assaulting passenger. [WJLA]
  • Eighty-seven percent of residents surveyed support red light cameras. [Examiner]
  • New photo released of D.C. teacher who became a fugitive in child porn case. [Times]
  • No bond for alleged killer of D.C. police officer. [Post]
  • Mark Wahlberg tells Alexandria students to stay in school. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Street Preacher.

Queen Mom: In a strange development, Northern Virginia Chick-fil-A’s are inviting sons and mothers to a medieval-themed bonding date night.

After the Election: Tuesday’s at-large election has big implications for winner Anita Bonds and her defeated opponents. Plus, outgoing Loose Lips Alan Suderman bids his beat goodbye.

Al-Cupcake: Middle Eastern businesses are trying to lure Washington’s homegrown restaurants to the region.

Bitter Hill: Is Mayor Vince Gray serious about redeveloping Hill East?

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. GOP boss loses it, wanted Pat Mara to sign NRA pledge. [Post]
  • New ethics board wants more power, including ability to recommend expulsion of councilmembers. [Examiner]
  • Most D.C. voters just don’t care. [Examiner]
  • D.C. pols text messages aren’t FOIAable, for now. [DCist]
  • New report questions school Rheeform. [DCist]
  • Instant run-off elections, please. [Post]

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

  • D.C.-area historic sites play Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. [WBJ]
  • So far, the Commission of Fine Arts likes what it sees in the Trump hotel. [Post]
  • Graffiti artists sought to paint neighborhood murals. [Hill Rag]
  • Bike like a robot. [WashCycle]
  • Contractors say sequestration not so bad after all. [Post]
  • And commuters love it. [WTOP]
  • Stuck in traffic? Blame online maps. [GGW]
  • D.C.’s best roof decks. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Swanky in Brightwood

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

  • Novelist Don DeLillo wins the Library of Congress’ first Prize for American Fiction. [Post]
  • University of Maryland’s McKeldin Library shut down after a visitor “walked in and made a suspicious statement.” [WJLA]
  • It’s official: WPFW has one month left in its Adams Morgan building. [City Desk]
  • Alexandria, Va., is hungry for books. [City Desk]
  • A public art installation comes to the Tysons Corner Wal-Mart. [Post]
  • D.C. Bike Party’s May 8 ride is Daft Punk– and robot-themed. [Post]
  • Watch: A video interview with D.C. dream-pop duo Gems. [All Things Go]
  • Paperhaus releases a new video for “Helicopters.” [D.C. Music Download]
  • Listen: Trouble Funk‘s Big Tony guests on Radio CPR’s Dissonance. [Dissonance]

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

  • Chef Rob Weland leaves Cork. [Washingtonian]
  • A cocktail that comes with a hotel room key [Post]
  • Where to eat brunch right now [Eater]
  • Mi Cocina Tex-Mex restaurant opening May 10 in Friendship Heights. [PoPville]
  • Arlington County Board votes to extend food truck parking time. [ARLnow]
  • The best roofdecks in D.C. [DCist]