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Roads downtown have reopened this morning after police investigated a suspicious vehicle near the White House.


  • Mayor Vince Gray is trying to avoid $36 million in payments to firefighters, says Harry Jaffe. [Examiner]
  • D.C. government procurement boss pleads guilty to DUI. [Loose Lips]
  • Bill from David Grosso would help students get into nearby charter schools. [Examiner]
  • New glow-in-the-dark signs for Metro. [Examiner]
  • Arlington man holding a meat cleaver arrested at a hospital. [Post]


Photos of the Day: Tree Climbing.

Too Sidwell Friendly: A lawsuit over an affair at tony Sidwell Friends has pulled in Bob Woodward.

End of the Line: A new study suggests the city’s streetcar line should end at Benning Road.

Spawn of the U Street Taco: The U Street Taco—-a half-smoke wrapped in a Jumbo Slice—-has inspired culinary mutations.

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

  • CBE program allows pass-through vendors to make a killing on city contracts. [Times]
  • Yvette Alexander supports Anita Bonds; FOP goes for Pat Mara. [Post]
  • Lawmakers finagle a way to meet Bryce Harper. [Examiner]
  • Smokers in D.C. won’t pay more for Obamacare, panel rules. [Post]
  • Strip the soon-to-be-elected A.G. of power. [Post]
  • D.C. wants Congress to erase $36 million firefighter bill. [Examiner]
  • Protest filed against sole-source DGS contract. [WBJ]
  • Two councilmembers don’t like e-cigarettes. [Post]

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

  • How’s D.C.’s strategic schools plan working out so far? [GGE]
  • Is a new parking lot the right answer to Logan Circle’s car crunch? [UrbanTurf]
  • Some skepticism toward the city’s new safe streets campaign [WashCycle]
  • Southwest officially gets its first new apartment building in decades. [SWTLQTC]
  • This vacant crack hangout shows Anacostia gentrification’s got a ways to go. [GGW]
  • D.C. has 195 centenarians; only 21 are men. [WJLA]
  • Say goodbye to Caribou Coffee. [WTOP]
  • Central Union Mission condo conversion to begin in June. [UrbanTurf]
  • When boring isn’t boring. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: The Washington Post headquarters

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

  • Al Green cancels his appearance at the White House’s “Memphis Soul” concert, citing back injury. This isn’t the first time the soul legend has bailed on the Obamas. [Post]
  • … but Justin Timberlake still made it. [Post]
  • After more than seven years on the job, Rep Stage’s artistic director steps down. [Post]
  • NoMa Summer Screen schedule announced. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Listen: Head-Roc‘s tribute to Ward 8 Councilmember and “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry. [DCist]
  • Rev. Al Sharpton to participate in an Emancipation Day debate at the Lincoln Theatre. [Arts 202]
  • Listen: Hometown Sounds’ tribute to D.C., in podcast form. [Soundcloud via Pink Line Project]

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

  • Izakayas are the hot new thing. Duh. [NYT]
  • Where to find cheap drinks [BYT]
  • Park Tavern opens in Navy Yard. [PoPville]
  • What you’ll eat at Alamo Drafthouse, opening May 3 in Ashburn, Va. [Eater]
  • Argonaut hosts science fair challenge and trivia nights. [Post]
  • Are tasting menus a rip-off? [Zagat]
  • Oh hey, City Paper‘s Best of D.C. party is tonight. [Borderstan]