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Even if Pigskins owner Dan Snyder wanted to, changing the team’s other, more racist name would likely require league approval.


  • Former nonprofit head Millicent West pleads guilty. [Loose Lips]
  • New rules ahead for food trucks. [Examiner]
  • Some D.C. high schools keep producing dropout students. [Examiner]
  • Two men found dead in Takoma Park driveway. [WTOP]


Photo of the Day: Man in a Hat.

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish: D.C inspectors hassled H Street NE bars over drink measurement laws that don’t even exist.

Crabby: Baltimore residents aren’t happy about a Washington Post article about their city.

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

  • Jeff Thompson left a mess of things at Chartered Health Plan, might cost taxpayers $40 million. [Post]
  • D.C. revenues up $190 million for next year. [WBJ]
  • Jim Graham was against investigating himself before he was for it. [Post]
  • Well-off parents can pay someone else to navigate confusing world of public education in D.C. [Post]
  • Inspector General spends a lot of resources investigating parking cheats; CFO’s office is full of said parking cheats. [Examiner]
  • Fire chief Ken Ellerbe says local journos getting their facts wrong. [Statter911]
  • D.C. development world checks out Walter Reed. *Cash register sound effect* [WBJ]

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

  • D.C. government drops Donohoe as Mount Vernon Triangle hotel developer, plans to rebid. [Post]
  • Proposal to move bus parking from Ivy City to Buzzard Point raises questions. [SWTLQTC]
  • GSA may have broken the rules in its stimulus act renovation spending. [WBJ]
  • A winery under Dupont? [UrbanTurf]
  • Top developers get in on the Walter Reed action. [WBJ]
  • A new 11-story office building is going up on 17th Street NW. [WBJ]
  • Weigh in on the streetcar tomorrow. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Today on the market: Just $65k per bedroom

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

  • Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan says she’s “forcing” Artisphere “to reevaluate how they operate.” [ArlNow]
  • Classical music critic Anne Midgette on music education in schools: It might be great for kids, but it doesn’t necessarily turn them into future symphony subscribers. [Post]
  • The Anacostia totem pole serves as an odd tribute to Native American culture in a city that stands by its football team’s racist name, writes Michael Shank [Post]
  • Rosa Parks statue to be dedicated on Wednesday in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall [WJLA]
  • Watch: Wale’s ritzy video for “Street Runner” [YouTube]
  • After a concert review on his website led to the end of live music at a Silver Spring restaurant, Metal Chris says he’s back to reviewing shows. [D.C. Heavy Metal]
  • Pitchfork gives Maxmillion Dunbar‘s House of Woo LP a 7.8. But you should read City Paper‘s review instead—it’s better. [Pitchfork]
  • Watch: Theater J/the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s panel discussion on David Mamet, the playwright whose conservative politics provoke icky feelings among many theater lovers [Theater J]
  • A documentary about Baltimore band Double Dagger is due out on April 20 [Baltimore City Paper]
  • Veep returns April 14 [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Southern Problems Andy Bowen on her gender-transitioning experience: “It’s been great. Throughout the course of the band, I have spanned gender presentation which has been quirky and fun.” [DCist]
  • The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan, reviewed [DCist]
  • “Montgomery County is hip!” said no one ev… oh, wait, this person did [Post]

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

  • Ten fiery dishes [The Plate]
  • Another D.C. brewery: Hellbender Brewing Company [DC Beer]
  • Eight best cheap eats in the D.C. area [Zagat]
  • Is Mike Isabella opening a restaurant in Philadelphia? [Eater]
  • How Vigilante Coffee roasts the perfect bean [Post]
  • A look at Art and Soul‘s makeover [Girl Meets Food]
  • Tabasco CEO dies. [NPR]
  • Rabbit in Clarendon now only serving lunch. [ARLnow]
  • Where to slurp oysters [Borderstan]