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Metro has announced that it’ll spend $6.5 million to triple the number of surveillance cameras in the system.


  • D.C. judges think there’s power in a union. [Post]
  • Internet activist faces copyright charges for publishing D.C. law, but D.C. Council says it won’t prosecute. [Times]
  • Chamber of Commerce head wants more tax cuts in Mayor Vince Gray‘s budget. [Examiner]
  • Examiner reader tip leads to 52nd captured fugitive. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Blossom Kite Festival.

Cover Boy: DMV rapper Logic makes XXL magazine’s new MC’s of 2013 cover, marking the first time a DMV rapper has appeared since Wale.

Leave the Light On: Landlord discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders is down in D.C., according to a new study.

All Wet: D.C. nightclub impresario Joe Englert says overactive TV weathermen are hurting his business. Have Washingtonians forgotten how to party in bad weather?

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

  • Marion Barry announces surprise bid for mayor, says city needs “proven” leadership. [Post]
  • D.C. garnished $1.7 million in tax refunds. [Examiner]
  • Gray “delighted” to have Ken Ellerbe as fire chief. [Examiner]
  • Chamber of Commerce wants lower sales tax. [Examiner]
  • Banneker Ventures repaying $400,000 loan to housing finance agency over failed Metro bid. [Post]

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

  • The Washington Post imagines parking under the Mall. [Post]
  • D.C. imagines a greener NoMa. [DCist]
  • Matt Yglesias imagines a world of mobile homes and rational land ownership. [Slate]
  • 1776 is the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan. [Post]
  • H Street streetcar construction starts up today. [WJLA]
  • West Falls Church rail yard issue could delay Silver Line opening. [WTOP]
  • D.C.’s most beautiful room. [BeyondDC]
  • The $400,000 city loan that never came through. [Post]
  • Today on the market: A rarity: living small in Spring Valley

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

  • In his 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Plan, Mayor Vince Gray proposes a $2.3 million annual increase in the public art budget. [dc.gov]
  • At the Hay-Adams, wannabe Corcoran chairman Wayne Reynolds makes his $10,000 pitch—and says the institution has a hush-hush deal with the University of Maryland. [Post]
  • Gold Leaf Studios’ Mike Abrams opens his newest space, Union Arts. [D.C. Music Download]
  • The National Portrait Gallery’s new director, Kim Sajet, begins her gig today. [Post]
  • The Make-Up plays Baltimore’s Save Your Soul night on April 5. [Baltimore City Paper]
  • Commenters do not like Rock & Roll Hotel owner Joe Englert‘s anti-weatherman rant on Young & Hungry. [Young & Hungry]
  • An adult video store in Mt. Vernon Square becomes a “Mediterranean-influenced organic restaurant.” [Washington Business Journal]
  • Meet George Whitlow, a 65-year-old rolling boombox. [Post]
  • Could theater become a big D.C. export? [Post]
  • A Q-and-A with heavy local band LTW [DCist]
  • …and a Q-and-A with new Washington National Opera Director Francesca Zambello [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • A report from the Freer Gallery Peacock Room’s monthly sunning. [Post]

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

  • How to behave at the farmers market [Borderstan]
  • Five hot hot sauces [Washingtonian]
  • A beer spa, beer backpack, and other ridiculous beer things [DC Beer]
  • Where to eat at Nationals Park [Eater]
  • Pittsburgh and Philly chefs up next for Graffiato‘s Industry Night [Post]
  • Best family-friendly bars in the D.C. area [Zagat]
  • D.C. is officially a beer town. [Express]