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D.C.’s $220 million forensics lab has only been open for five months, but it’s already turned into a mess, according to forensic experts interviewed by the Washington Times. “A defense attorney would have a field day with this if they walked into the evidence vault,” says one.


  • Three dead in Quantico murder-suicide. [WJLA]
  • Downtown nightclub that was the scene of murder was redesigned months ago. [Post]
  • Pedestrian killed in Florida Avenue hit-and-run, alleged driver arrested. [WTOP]
  • Gallon-smashing teens face police investigation. [City Desk]
  • D.C. student arrested for bringing a pellet gun to school. [Post]
  • Hearing postponed for the shadow campaign’s Jeanne Clark Harris. [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Walmart Woes: To hear Forbes tell it, Walmart is just trying to help the District out. But that’s not really true, says Aaron Wiener.

Gentrification Signifier Showdown: Is “Roving Italian” the name of a food truck, or a kickball team? What about “Looking to Score”? In Washington, it’s not always easy to tell.

Slow Burn: The D.C. fire department is staying quiet on mechanical issues surrounding its ambulances.

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

  • Unaccompanied youth, as young as 12, being turned away from homeless shelter [Post]
  • Post endorsement goes to Pat Mara. [Post]
  • Anita Bonds says new councilmember should be a woman. [Examiner]
  • “Nonfunctional” rooms at spiffy new crime lab [Times]
  • Marion Barry and David Catania are friends forever. [Post]
  • Nice old men who helped Harry Thomas Jr. steal city money sentenced to probation. [WAMU]
  • Muriel Bowser for mayor: unbeatable? [NBC4]
  • Not everyone happy about new Barry Farm rec center construction [NBC4]
  • Jeanne Clarks Harris court hearing postponed; Thomas Gore‘s hearing set for next week [Examiner]
  • City doesn’t really want to keep FBI HQ [WBJ]
  • More on Vince Gray‘s CBE advisory panel. [WBJ]

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

  • ANC committee votes against liquor license moratorium [Borderstan]
  • City regulators take aim at a Columbia Heights eyesore [New Columbia Heights]
  • The first three medical marijuana dispensaries should open next month. [Examiner]
  • One of them’s already gotten some attention from congressmen. [National Journal]
  • A few homes recently bought and sold that you can’t afford [Washingtonian]
  • Oh, and one more: Tim Geithner‘s [Curbed]
  • Streetcars or bus rapid transit? A tight first-round matchup in the urbanist bracket [Atlantic Cities]
  • Coffee roastery and lab coming to Rhode Island Avenue NE [RIA Insider]
  • The new DCPS budget: more funding for elementary school kids, less for high schoolers [GGW]
  • It takes effort to pick favorites among D.C.’s nearly identical Metro stations. [DCist]
  • Barry Farm protesters bemoan temporary loss of rec center. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Four-unit building

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

  • Ex-Ford’s Theatre chairman Wayne Reynolds throws a fancy party to pitch his ideas for the Corcoran. [Post]
  • Arts Desk fave RDGLDGRN plays Jimmy Kimmel. [Absolute Punk]
  • More about The River and the Mountain, the play controversial in Uganda for featuring a gay character, that comes to Artisphere this weekend. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Capital Fringe wins the Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership. [D.C. Theatre Scene]

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

  • How food porn is made [Smithsonian via Fast Company]
  • Eight new lunch spots [Washingtonian]
  • Barmini… just like home? [Eater]
  • Bryan Voltaggio‘s Volt axes prix-fixe menu in favor of a la carte [Post]
  • Where to have Easter brunch [HuffPost]
  • Kosher wines for the Seder table [NYT]
  • Important question of our time: do cookies taste better dipped in tea? [NPR]
  • In the kitchen with District Doughnut [BYT]