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He’s still got it! Marion Barry proved yesterday that you don’t get to be mayor-for-life without learning a few tricks, using a technicality and a strategic recess to outmaneuver Chairman Phil Mendelson and get an ex-offender bill through committee. Exactly how Barry did it is well worth a read.


  • Spring Valley demolitions to start over fears of World War I weapons on land. [Post]
  • Powerball winner from D.C.? Maybe. [WTOP]
  • Scum: thieves use ATM skimmers to target hospital visitors in VA. [Post]
  • Surprise: Silver Line to cost more than expected. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Page Three Photo.

WPFW Shake-Up: Radio station WPFW is shaking up its schedule, ousting some more eclectic programs, and replacing them with syndicated talk shows. Some listeners and old hosts aren’t happy.

Wherehouse: As of yesterday, the District has a Costco. But its location could make it hard for D.C. residents, including some of the store’s employees, to reach.

Mm, Doughnuts: A doughnuts and fried chicken restaurant is coming to Metro Center.

Michelle Rhee: Relax!: Ex-schools chancellor Michelle Rhee insists in her not-yet-published memoir that allegations of cheating at DCPS schools were no big deal.

Jazz Club Reunites: One Step Down, Washington’s premiere ’90’s jazz club, closed in 2000, with its space eventually becoming a Subway sandwich shop. But tonight, regular customers and musicians from the spot are reuniting.

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

  • Marion Barry is the master of parliamentary skullduggery. [Post]
  • Council panel approves $11 million tax break for Howard Town Center (whose development team includes former City Administrator Robert Bobb‘s new company), even though CFO says the break isn’t needed. [WBJ]
  • Joe Biden shops at Ward 5’s new Costco. [Post]
  • Special election set for April 23. [Post]
  • Judge says city can’t ban posters on lampposts. [Post]
  • D.C. lawmakers get tough with synthetic marijuana. [Times]
  • LivingSocial still wants to hit benchmarks for a $32 million tax break. [WBJ]
  • Think there’s a war on cars in D.C.? You’re like those crazy people who think the president wasn’t born in Hawaii. [GGW]
  • Barry wants to ban new apartments at St. Es [Post]
  • IG catches two parking scofflaws after lengthy investigation. [Examiner]
  • Mendo expects to lose to libertarians over residency requirements of petition circulators. [Post]
  • Speed limits expected to rise. [WTOP]

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

  • A visual comparison of Metro stations’ passenger flows at various times of day. [GGW]
  • Joe Biden visits Costco, in GIFs. [NBC4]
  • Judge hears testimony on controversial Ivy City bus barn. [Post]
  • Miami-area residents spend the highest percentage of their income on housing and transportation; D.C. is lowest. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Mayor Vince Gray talks Costco, school closings, and people getting priced out of D.C. [WJLA]
  • LivingSocial still expects to move into new HQ despite layoffs. [WBJ]
  • Bikers hit by cars may soon have new civil remedies. [DCist]
  • Subsidized apartment building on North Capitol will get a $25 million renovation. [DCmud]
  • Spring Valley house with WWI munitions is being demolished. [WJLA]
  • Stark renderings of the coming Trump hotel. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Five-bedroom brick rowhouse in Anacostia

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Kennedy Center Honors are on Sunday and the audience will presumably be full of federal VIPs. But how do they get one of the most hard to come by tickets in town? [Post]
  • Filthy comedian Dave Attell, host of Dave’s Old Porn on Showtime, previews his upcoming shows at the D.C. Improv. Prepare for a lot of dick jokes. [HuffPost D.C.]
  • Watch and listen: folk singer Marian McLaughlin‘s full Glow Session is now live. [Pink Line Project]
  • Parkour, the urban “sport” in which people jump off  structures and strike strange poses is now also considered art. Welcome to the world we live in. [Going Out Guide]

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

  • Hangover friendly restaurant dishes [Eater]
  • Eric Ripert parts with Westend Bistro. [Post]
  • Where to dine with a vegan [Dining in DC]
  • Tagolio Pizzeria in Crystal City closes after owner pleads guilt to assault on employee. [ARLnow]
  • A user’s guide to eating at Boloco [Washingtonian]
  • A peek inside the new 14th Street NW Matchbox [Thrillist]