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The District’s “sin taxes” on alcohol and cigarettes brought in $42 million last year, up $1.8 million from the year before.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Man charged with having guns and ammunition near Capitol. [WJLA]
- Michael Brown‘s exit from D.C. Council race makes it even harder to predict the winner. [Post]
- Metro police are working on their slow response times. [Examiner]
- Video shows racial slurs on Metro escalating into a fight. [City Desk]
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LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com)
- DYRS staffer facing criminal charges for allegedly emailing youth records to reporter. [Times]
- With Michael Brown out of the race, it’s Pat Mara v. Anita Bonds. Or is it … [Post]
- Grade.dc.gov is a total joke, gives fire department A+ grade based on “three tweets and seven reviews submitted to the Grade D.C. website.” [Examiner]
- D.C. still struggling with welfare-to-work goals. [Examiner]
- Jeff Thompson will be out of D.C. Medicaid business by May 1, probably. [Post]
- What’s the city doing to curb teenage pregnancy? [Post]
- Ken Ellerbe says he thinks his job security is tied to his job performance. [Kojo]
- The Jemals think apartments are the future. [Post]
- Drinkers and smokers contributing to budget surplus. [Examiner]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Congratulations! You live in America’s most post-industrial metro area. [Atlantic Cities]
- And 72 percent of you D.C. metropolitans feel safe at night. [DCist]
- The Jemals, father and son, dive into the apartment market. [Post]
- Renderings of the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail. [WashCycle]
- Government Printing Office: FBI HQ proposal on our site is news to us. [DCist]
- Exorbitant hotel opens in Georgetown. [Post]
- People living around Bloomingdale can get involved in a new small area plan. [bloomingdale]
- Today on the market: Brightwood Park, getting a tad pricey
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- A federal judge will decide who’s the rightful owner of the Renoir purchased for $7 at a Harper’s Ferry flea market in 2009. [WTOP]
- A school bus riddled with bullet holes comes to D.C. [Post]
- National Geographic CEO John Fahey will retire in 2014. [Bloomberg]
- Arena Stage Associate Executive Director Chad Bauman leaves the company for Milwaukee Repertory Theater. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
- A three-dimensional image of Albert Einstein‘s brain goes on view in Silver Spring, Md. [WJLA]
- The National Mall gets a 360-year-old Japanese stone lantern. [Huffington Post D.C.]
- Washington Post editor Steven Levingston tells the story of his play, Oscar, and the often humiliating process of shopping it around. (Bonus: He calls out a bunch of local theater people for not responding to his entreaties.) [Post]
- Related: How plays like Dirt and Really Really were made. [Post]
- Everybody loves a good Hindu festival. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The 10 best places to get barbecue in the D.C. area [The Plate]
- Where to drink outside and get a deal [Washingtonian]
- Apparently, there are people who find food bothersome. [NPR]
- “Mother of the Eden Center” dies. [Post]
- Rumorville: Is a second Stoney’s coming to the West End? [PoPville]
- Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab finalizing lease at 15th and H streets NW [WBJ]
- The nine biggest court cases about food going on right now [Zagat]
- D’Vines in Columbia Heights will start to fill growlers in a few weeks. [New Columbia Heights]
- Little City Gourmet opening April 15 in East Falls Church. [ARLnow]