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The Springfield groper has struck again, this time in Fairfax County’s Kingstowne neighborhood. But new details from the crime could finally lead to the criminal’s arrest.


  • Mayor Vince Gray‘s new budget reflects the District’s boom times. [Loose Lips]
  • Fire chief says he used bad fleet data for a year. [Examiner]
  • D.C. police put video of nightclub shooting persons of interest online. [Post]
  • Gray budget has $442 million for school construction. [Examiner]
  • Metro general manager Richard Sarles gets his contract extended through 2016. [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry to Park Service: Sorry for calling you “mofos.” [WTOP]
  • Virginia heroin grandpa case ends in no deaths, but a conviction. [WTOP]


Photo of the Day: Page Three Photo.

Slowdown: After a big year, the D.C. arts commission’s budget is back at previous levels.

Trucked Up: Food truck operators say that new regulations will push them out of downtown.

Two Hats: The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is focusing more on business development and less on real estate.

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

  • Ken Ellerbe in the hot seat; about half of the city’s ambulance fleet doesn’t work; “I just don’t understand how the chief of the fire and EMS department would not know how many vehicles are available,” says Phil Mendelson. [STATter911]
  • Marion Barry apologizes that his twitter account called the Park Service a Bambi-killing “MoFo.” [Post]
  • Vince Gray’s pal Thomas Gore, the assiduous notetaker-of-illegal-payments-to-Sulaimon-Brown/destroyer of said notes, is set to be sentenced this summer. [Post]
  • Declining enrollment doesn’t appear to be a factor in D.C.’s school building bonanza. [Examiner]
  • Gray wants $103 million overhaul of MLK Library. [Post]
  • Gray wants to redevelop UMC. [WBJ]
  • Elissa Silverman wants restaurant workers to have paid sick leave, restaurant group says no thanks. [WBJ]

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

  • The mayor’s budget proposal is full of transportation goodies. [GGW]
  • Crestwood vacation rental runs into trouble with neighbors, and the law. [DCist]
  • Living near Nationals Park is expensive. [UrbanTurf]
  • Apparently this is something of a trend. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Basketball’s also good for our economy. [WJLA]
  • D.C.’s suffering from the lack of a school buildings plan. [Examiner]
  • Douglas Development plans a makeover for Blagden Alley. [UrbanTurf]
  • Vince Gray‘s budget maintains lower traffic violation fines. [GGW]
  • A sneak peek inside the not-yet-open Capitol Riverfront Gordon Biersch. [JDLand]
  • How do we get more families to bike? [GGW]
  • Today on the market: A modest slice of Congress Heights

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

  • In his proposed 2014 budget, Mayor Vince Gray requests more than $140 million for library construction. [Loose Lips]
  • National Geographic kills the annual All Roads Film Festival. [Washingtonian]
  • Bette Midler has a soft spot for 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, the PBS documentary based on Ward 1 high school DC Met. [Curbed]
  • Worn magazine is now also a creative agency. [Worn]
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation changes its name to The Memorial Foundation, but denies it’s feuding with the King family. [Post]
  • Video: Local artist Paige Byrne transforms a community garden into a temporary art project. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Young Playwrights’ Theater publishes its first book, Write to Dream. [Post]
  • Rep Stage loses its artistic director. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • More about the very cool D.C. by the Book project, which now has a fully operational website. [Post]

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

  • New Big Wong: a favorite of chefs Mike Isabella and Nick Stefanelli [Post]
  • A sneak peek inside NoPa Kitchen [Washingtonian]
  • Where to eat lamb [Eater]
  • Lindt loses final appeal to trademark golden chocolate Easter bunnies. [NPR]
  • The 10 best beer halls around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Brazilian beer-flavored ice cream sparks controversy. [HuffPost]