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Strange, sad story from Rockville, where a 31-year-old Army staff sergeant is accused of shooting a high school senior he had recruited to the Army Reserve. Her father tells the Post that she was “smitten” with him.


  • Councilmember Mary Cheh wants to lift statute of limitations on sex crimes. [Examiner]
  • Metro will spend more than $200 million on new rail cars. [Post]
  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is concerned about traffic camera revenue. [Examiner]
  • MPD officer shoots and kills man in Southeast. [WJLA]
  • Silver Spring Transit Center saga continues, with repairs scheduled, optimistically, for late summer. [Post]
  • Final day for food truck regulation comment passes. [Young & Hungry]


Photos of the Day: Tree Climbing.

Skybrary: For just $2.4 million, you can have a library perched above your head.

More Jeff Thompson Money: Embattled District money man Jeff Thompson, notorious for his alleged involvement in the 2010 mayoral shadow campaign, is also connected to District lobbyists through a PAC.

Kidz Beat: Washington-based journal The Intentional makes a bold claim: Millenials aren’t screwed.

Closing Time: Community radio station WPFW could find itself homeless or moved out of the District, as its building is slated for demolition.

Play Time: The Taming of the Shrew and Dreamgirls won big at last night’s Helen Hayes Awards for local theater.

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

  • African-American voters will elect of their “own,” says Anita Bonds. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh calls David Grosso a shill for his former health insurance bosses. [Post]
  • Pat Mara for council, says Jonetta Rose Barras. [Examiner]
  • Mara for council, says Chuck Thies. [NBC4]
  • Phil Mendelson questioning why mayor’s budget includes an additional $31.7 million in traffic camera revenues. [Examiner]
  • DCPS not meeting enrollment projections. [Post]
  • Marion Barry loves Scandal. [Examiner]
  • Job centers need work, report finds. [Post]

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

  • New renderings of McMillan park are rather pretty. [UrbanTurf]
  • Don’t fear the condo conversion. [WBJ]
  • No surprise here: Rents used to be cheaper in Capitol Hill, Cleveland Park, and Adams Morgan. [Curbed]
  • D.C.’s first-time homebuyer tax credit may be a thing of the past. [UrbanTurf]
  • Georgetown mansion once owned by Jackie Onassis‘ mom sells for $8.6 million. [WBJ]
  • Rumor has it that developer Conrad Cafritz is the buyer. [Carol Joynt]
  • Looking to buy a house that’s not haunted? This one’s for you. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Kalorama for under $300k

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

  • Artisphere expected to exceed its FY 2013 budget. [ARLnow]
  • Rating the Howard Theatre upon its first anniversary. [The Root]
  • Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser has a super sweet NCAA bracket. [Post]

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

  • More details on Azur, opening April 18 [Post]
  • Mike Isabella named Prince of Porc at Cochon 555 [Eater]
  • Drink like a Lannister at P Street Whole Foods’ bar [Borderstan]
    Food happenings this week [Washingtonian]
  • U Scream I Scream on U Street NW becoming a wine bar [PoPville]
  • Is there a difference between raw and roasted nuts? [NYT]
  • Caribou Coffee to close 80 stores around the country, including some in D.C. [AP via HuffPost]