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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Monday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Affordable housing options decrease. [Post] Metro monitoring the electrical equipment that caused a communications failure in January. [Examiner] Simmons: Is Ward 5’s new boss same as the old boss? [Times] Phillies pitcher struck Nats’ Bryce Harper on purpose, is a jerk. [AP]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Friday, City Paper‘s Needle fell two points. The bad news: Post posting losses. The good news: Drinko De Mayo! Take a look here.


Dorothy Brizill and Gary Imhoff’s House Burns Down: The home of local political watchdogs and producers of DC Watch caught fire on Friday. The domicile has long been considered a concern by D.C. government: “City officials had been after Imhoff and Brizill about the condition of the house, on the 1300 block of Girard Street NW, for years. In 2002, the home was put on a D.C. list of abandoned and vacant properties, even though they still lived there. In 2007, the District tried to condemn it. At the time, then-Loose Lips columnist Mike DeBonis reported, it was in bad shape: ‘Glass is missing from several front windows. The front porch is rotting away. The slate roof is bare and sagging in places. Gutters and trim have rusted into the brick façade. The entire exterior seems not to have seen a paintbrush since Home Rule.’ Brizill suggested that then-Mayor Adrian Fenty was trying to force her out of the home, which they bought in 1982. By 2008, though, the couple had started repairing it to comply with city orders.” Also of note: Imhoff bought the house in 1982 for $10.

Machen Takes Victory Lap On The Kojo Show: There’s a lot U.S. Attorney Ron Machen can’t say about pending investigations—which, LL notes, makes him a boring guest on the radio. “But Machen could talk about Thomas and how his more than three-year prison sentence is a stark reminder for other pols of the perils of public corruption. ‘That will definitely get your attention,’ Machen says.”

Would You Open a Restaurant in Ward 7 for $700,000?: Lydia DePillis wants to know. “The location certainly has a lot going for it: The tens of thousands of cars that rush by every day, the relative wealth in neighboring Hillcrest, the paucity of high-quality options nearby. But broker Tom Papadopoulos has so far been unable to lure somebody in, and at least one previous potential—Ben’s Chili Bowl—bowed out when the city didn’t offer a subsidy.”

What I Learned From Adam Yauch and Beastie Boys: Jonathan L. Fischer muses about the lessons he learned from the late Adam Yauch, (a.k.a. “MCA”). “I had to discover the transformative Beastie Boys of Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head later. Like a lot of people my age, my first real introduction came by way of Hello Nasty, the Beasties’ sprawling and flawed and captivating fifth studio album. I turned 13 in 1998, the year of Hello Nasty‘s release, and in Montgomery County, ‘Intergalactic’ was the bar mitzvah jam of the summer.”

SLIDESHOW: Z Burger and Why Sometimes You Don’t Need a Fence: Z Burger wants to put chairs out on the Columbia Heights Plaza, with a fence around their eating space. The problem is the plaza is public and the ANC isn’t having it. DePillis has thoughts: “You could dismiss this as yet another example of a meddling micro-politician—outside commentators have complained that the ANC’s insistence on this point is strangling a business’ efforts to serve the community. That’s bullshit. The Columbia Heights plaza is an absolute gem of a public space, and alterations should be taken very seriously.”

Listen: Last Tide’s Lost to Memory: We think it sounds pretty cool.

TIME FOR A SNACK PHOTO OF THE DAY: Appleblossom Festival


LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Furlough plan coming back, sans doute [Examiner]
  • Jilted would-be medical marijuana grower to sue the District [Times]
  • D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown keeps a note that says “Harry has been indicted,” next to his office’s conference table [Examiner]
  • Why do charter schools have higher graduation rates? Expectations [Post]
  • More than 300 DCPS jobs cut [WAMU]
  • “The ward needs a grownup to fill the Thomas seat, but it won’t get one if, in the waning days until May 15, the candidates continue to stumble over themselves trying to prove themselves clones of council member David A. Catania.” [Times]
  • D.C. Watch’s Dorothy Brizill and Gary Imhoff‘s house burns down [CD]
  • Georgetown’s Medical Center, not moving [WBJ]

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex blogger Lydia DePillis (tips? housingcomplex@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Bentley, formerly the Irwin, gets new design. [Urbanturf]
  • Why the 11th and K Street House is worth saving. [SoW]
  • Surprise surprise, blue spruces don’t do well in D.C. [Post]
  • White House CIO buys Woodley mansion. [Post]
  • The Whole Foods effect. [Salon]
  • A good transportation budget. [GGW]
  • Memorial in the works for Metro crash. [Examiner]
  • Do pedestrian malls work in America? [AtlanticCities]
  • All the reasons why Georgetown’s Medical Center ain’t moving. [WBJ]
  • Bates opposes its proposed medical marijuana dispensary. [BACA]
  • While ANC 6B is “generally positive” about one coming to Barracks Row. [ANCNormEMMCA]
  • Today on the marketPenn quarter penthouse.

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fisher (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Ron Charles‘ kaleidoscopic adventures through the world of BDSM-lit fandom. [Post]
  • In the former home of an NBA player in Potomac, Md., Lenny Campello detects some bad art. [Daily Campello Art News]
  • Scoutmob’s vote for the District’s official anthem: Mambo Sauce‘s “Welcome to D.C.” They deemed “Rock Creek Park” too sexy. [Scoutmob]
  • Two new Animal Collective songs! [Pitchfork]
  • How to save your flagging theater company [Chad Bauman]

FOOD LINKS will resume shortly.