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The Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin has a way with words. After going on a scoring streak in the team’s past four games, Ovechkin declared himself “king of the world” yesterday. But he is also humble: “A couple weeks ago I was almost in the toilet,” the Post reports him saying. “So maybe you just forget to flush me.”


  • Brazen youth steals police car, immediately crashes it. [City Desk]
  • Is Washington headed for another housing bubble? [Post]
  • Tommy Wells wants a 24-hour domestic violence hotline. [Examiner]
  • At-large candidate Matthew Frumin is about more than his campaign war chest. [Examiner]
  • Metro increasing bus options. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Street Preacher.

Boomtown: A $20 ham sandwich at the Pepe’s food truck has been a victim of its own success.

Big Money: At-large hopeful Michael Brown isn’t the only candidate with monied supporters. Councilmember Anita Bonds, who’s running to keep her seat, now has the support of people like gas king Joe Mamo.

Wind Me Down, Chuck: The memorial and amphitheater to honor Chuck Brown is now being based on more modest plans.

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

  • Muriel Bowser, in her own words. [Post]
  • Journalist group asks why the courts afford Jeff Thompson so much secrecy. [Post]
  • Matthew Frumin says he’s about more than just money. [Examiner]
  • Fire union votes no confidence in fire chief. [Fox5, NBC4]
  • Smart growthers’ questions for Bowser. [GGW]

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

  • The D.C. Council shouldn’t override zoning rules for the Anacostia Playhouse but could tinker with tax lots. [GGW]
  • Foreclosures are falling in the District. [UrbanTurf]
  • Good design should be the top priority for the Hoover Building’s replacement. [Post]
  • Apparently we have the sixth-best budget in the country. [Examiner]
  • That was fast: The housing bubble alarm’s already being sounded. [Forbes]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s managed to avoid taking positions on development issues. [GGW]
  • Stopping cherry-blossom picking through origami [City Desk]
  • IMBY founder wants all the development he can get. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Evidence of a Petworth housing bubble?

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

  • Somebody call Tommy Wells: A man called police after a woman clunked him in the head with a shoe at Ibiza nightclub. [Examiner]
  • Arlington County libraries have begun lending out American Girl dolls—and there’s already a six-month waiting list. [WJLA]
  • Listen: new material from D.C. electro-pop ensemble Misun [All Things Go]
  • The seventh annual DCist Exposed photo show opens this week. [DCist]
  • Brightest Young Things pubs its spring/summer film guide. [Brightest Young Things]
  • David Alpert chimes in on Anacostia Playhouse’s parking predicament. [Greater Greater Washington]
  • I’m not 100 percent sure what a phone-in book talk is like, but there’s one taking place between musician and author Ian Svenonius and D.C. music writer (and disclosure: my friend) Marc Masters this evening. [Book Talk Nation]

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

  • A tribute to pale foods. [NYT]
  • A Mexican spot worth driving to in Manassas. [Post]
  • Check out the first Matchbox in Virginia. [Eater]
  • The Grill Room and The Rye Bar are now open at the Capella hotel. [Washingtonian]
  • Michelle Obama dines at Cedar. [HuffPost]
  • Le Diplomate is now taking reservations. [PoPville]
  • Ten must-try foodie dishes [Zagat]
  • TD Burger coming to 3rd and K streets NE. [District Cuisine]