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Apparently, the hot trend among teens is having a designated texter. On to the news:


  • D.C. drivers worst in the country. [Examiner]
  • Plans are in for the Ward 7 Walmart. [Post]
  • Board of Elections says it was right to keep Initiative 70 off the ballot. [Post]
  • Examiner skeptical that city needed such fanfare for Wilson Building lactation room. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Bus Stop.

Swagger-Jacking, Continued: A month after being accused of “swagger-jacking” U Street NW’s black culture, Busboys & Poets is holding a panel on the topic. Elsewhere in the city, a panda jacked our swag by not revealing whether it’s pregnant.

New Proposals from Gray: Vince Gray, whose campaign had a few ethical issues you may have heard about, proposes campaign ethics reform.

FreeFest Still Free: Tickets to Virgin Mobile FreeFest were all snapped up in two minutes, but there’s another way to get to the festival.

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

  • Marion Barry spending $12,000 in public money for a documentary about Ward 8, to be produced by same documentary maker who once chronicled Barry. [WAMU]
  • Board of Elections says it’s the D.C. Public Trust folks who can’t count or follow directions. [Post]
  • Gray on his proposed campaign finance reforms: “I don’t think the most useful thing is to evaluate me.” [Times, WUSA9]
  • More speed cameras coming to D.C. [Times]
  • David Grosso and Michael Brown’s flack go at it over Brown’s mystery account. [Post]
  • Wilson Building gets lactation room. [Examiner]
  • NAACP boss says his group ready to help with more “militant and aggressive” voting rights push. [NBC4]

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

  • The District has granted a $12,000 contract to May 3rd Films for a 30-minute documentary about Ward 8. [WAMU]
  • Peter Marks on Whorehouse at Signature Theatre: “Let’s hope this foray into pedestrian commercial material is a short detour.” [Post]
  • A conversation with Linda Hesh, the artist behind the “trust” and “doubt” benches on New Hampshire Avenue NW [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Playwright Gwydion Suilebhan on our rapid crush on superheroes: “Why do we want these stories so much? Why are we craving superhero mythology, as a world culture?” [Post]
  • Politics & Prose’s makeover continues [Tumblr]

Jessica Sidman is on vacation. Food links will return next week.