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A fez-wearing man in Bethesda has claimed a mansion, saying it’s owed to him as a “Moorish American national.”
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Muriel Bowser to declare for mayor. [Loose Lips]
- Washington’s strangest bathrooms. [WTOP]
- New parking plans coming in the spring. [Examiner]
- The gay pride parade is expanding. [Post]
- Traffic tickets up in the District. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Man Blowing Smoke.
Insult to Injury: D.C. society magazines aren’t looking for ugly people.
Rumors Exaggerated: Despite the spin on new census figures, D.C.’s growth is still healthy.
Meatballer: The new pop-up at Hogo features Swedish meatballs. But without the IKEA horsemeat!
Brown Returns: Despite the support of Marion Barry, Councilmember Anita Bonds couldn’t beat Michael Brown in a Ward 8 poll.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com)
- Thumbs down for Michael Brown? [Examiner]
- Paul Quander is afraid to talk. [Fox5]
- Phil Mendelson says it’s an “embarrassment” that fire department submitted faulty fleet info. [Examiner]
- Should Elissa Silverman return Sinclair Skinner’s campaign donation? [NBC4]
- City contracting: broken. [Post]
- Red-light cameras are a cash cow. [Post]
- Pride parade moving to 14th Street. [Post]
- Would-be prison guard union boss has checkered past. [Times]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- NextBus DC is back, as iCommute DC. [Post]
- Don’t be alarmed by that weird smell in your tap water; DC Water is disinfecting. [DCist]
- Beware stampeding elephants on these roads today. [Google Maps]
- The block around North Capitol and M is getting disconcertingly violent. [WJLA]
- What’s better than Metro? Super Metro. [DCist]
- D.C. will blow away last year’s record haul from speed cameras. [Examiner]
- Apartment building could go bust. [Post, WSJ]
- Phil Mendelson gives opponents of ADUs a hard time. [GGW]
- Behind the scenes with prolific D.C. muralists. [UrbanTurf]
- Metro may ditch carpets. [Examiner]
- Buy this Virginia house and get a free Maserati. [HuffPostDC]
- It’s hard to hang paintings in a round house. [UrbanTurf]
- New York solves library budget woes by selling land to developers. [NY Times]
- Today on the market: A home in the Highlands
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- Smithsonian begins cobbling together an agriculture archive. [WTOP]
- D.C.’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development revamps its website. [MPTD]
- Duke Ellington students prepare to perform with Patti LaBelle. [WJLA]
- American University’s WVAU, University of Maryland’s WMUC, and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue team up to present a Deerhunter show at the synagogue April 22. [Facebook]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Honey Pig has a rap (watch above). [Eater]
- The 47 coolest bars in the D.C. area [Thrillist]
- Celebrate the new pope with wines from his native Argentina. [Drink DC]
- Document protesting Fainting Goat‘s liquor license disappears. [Borderstan]
- Some people can taste shapes and smell colors. [NPR]
- Le Mediterranean Bistro coming to Fairfax. [NoVa Mag]
- Zentan gets a new chef. [Post]