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In this week’s Washington City Paper, available today: this year’s Filmfest DC looks at the seamier side of life.


  • Washington City Paper at-large debate at the Black Cat on April 15: Be there. [Loose Lips]
  • Improving city life drives baby boom in the District. [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry tweets his release from the hospital, bids goodbye to barbeque ribs…maybe. [Post]
  • Dupont Circle groper deported back to Nicaragua. [WJLA]
  • Gentrification reaches into the suburbs. [Post]
  • Military ceremonies will now feature District flag along with flags from all 50 states. [Examiner]
  • New pedestrian button to make intersections even more confusing. [NBC 4]
  • D.C. set to close public housing wait list. [Post]
  • Library of Congress worker allegedly unleashed sex creeps on ex-girlfriend using Craigslist. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Waiting for the Bus.

Silver Linings Checkbook: A financially strapped federal government could be a surprising boon for development in Federal Triangle.

He’s Back: Can Pat Mara finally win a spot for the GOP on the D.C. Council?

Dry Street: A proposed liquor license moratorium on U Street NW might be one of the very few of the District’s moratoriums to be defeated.

Minding Their Beeswax: As spring approaches, Washington beekeepers want the public to send in tips about bee swarms so they can capture them.

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

  • Gray administration assigns arbitrary grades to city agencies, praises itself. [Post]
  • Pat Mara and his discontents. [Post]
  • With Michael Brown out of the race, who will win? [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry’s Ward 8 address draws critics. [Informer]
  • Public housing list may stop taking new applicants. [Post]
  • One Judiciary Square boondoggle has milestone. [WBJ]
  • Child boom coming to D.C. schools. [Examiner]

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

  • What would U Street NW look like with a liquor moratorium? It’s not a pretty picture. [Y&H]
  • A judge rules against Jack’s Boathouse. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • An enormous restaurant is opening a block from the White House. [WBJ]
  • Density promotes neighborliness. [GOOD]
  • D.C. traffic cameras draw scrutiny from The New York Times. [NYT]
  • D.C. to buy the land under One Judiciary Square for $1. [WBJ]
  • A swanky slice of Ivy City (?). [UrbanTurf]
  • Hotel project moves forward at 1st and N SE. [JDLand]
  • Today on the market: A house in the Highlands

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

  • Antoine Jones, former owner of Kilis Cafe and Levels, awaits his fourth trial. [WJLA]
  • Library of Congress employee faces federal charges for allegedly sending horny men to his ex-girlfriend’s home. [WTOP]
  • Happy third birthday, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. [CapitalBop]
  • Magic Bullet No. 6 is here! [Magic Bullet]
  • Meet Jean-Michele Gregory, wife of Mike Daisey. [Post]
  • Folger Theatre announces its 2013-2014 season. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • How theaters like Atlas Performing Arts Center can help spur neighborhood development [Pink Line Project]

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

  • The craft beer guide to Nationals Stadium [DC Beer]
  • Why we love to hate Gwyneth Paltrow, and buy her cookbook anyway. [Post]
  • Coffee lab and tasting room at new Dolcezza factory [Eater]
  • Construction begins at Thally in Shaw. [PoPville]
  • Arlington health department will allow dog-friendly outdoor dining. [ARLnow]
  • Photos of The Brixton‘s new international street food menu [BYT]