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

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Metrorail train derails at Rosslyn station, no passengers injured. [WTOP] The “bizarre” life of murdered socialite Viola Drath and her husband Albrecht Muth. [Times] Mitt Romney proves his inevitability in the latest Republican presidential primary. [Examiner] Va. Governor Bob McDonnell is apparently hoping Romney will pick him for a running mate. [Times] Are planned Beltway express lanes too expensive? [WTOP]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Tuesday, City Paper‘s Needle plunged eight points. The bad news: Everything. Take a look here.


Lobbyist David Wilmot Selling Group Homes: LL reports that David Wilmot, the lobbyist who owns Individual Development Inc. is looking to get out of the business after getting into some trouble: “Wilmot told Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham that he’s has little choice to sell off the group homes IDI owns because of a ‘broken system.’ Wilmot says a ‘biased and less than objective’ federal court monitor has unfairly targeted IDI, making it impossible to continue to do business. The District’s care of the developmentally disabled has long been a subject of a federal class action lawsuit, and indeed the court monitor in the case has found several problems with IDI’s care.”

Eleanor Holmes Norton Says She’s Torn On The Height Act: “The fact is it is true that what distinguishes a city is its scale. The scale has a whole lot more to do with the attractiveness of a city,” she told Lydia DePillis. “It also has to do with the only private sector business we have, which is tourism, which is 95 percent connected to the federal government. This is a tourist city because of the monuments, the museums. The scale reinforces that.” DePillis respectfully disagrees.

The Helen Hayes Awards Awards:Outstanding Self-Serving Appearance by a Local Politician: Jack Evans, who appeared at the ceremony to read a D.C. Council proclamation declaring it ‘Theatre Week’ by the ‘power vested in him,’ told the crowd more than once that as chairman of the council’s tax-writing committee, he’s been looking out for theaters’ best interests. At the end of his proclamation, he also called D.C. the ‘District of Congratulations.'”

Mystery Solved: Cap City Diner Lands At New Union Market: Y&H alum Tim Carman has the scoop on the recently shuttered Ward 5 diner.

Some People in Ward 5 Really Don’t Like Tim Day: “Since Day first started raising questions about Thomas’ not-so-nonprofit, Thomas has plead guilty to stealing more than $350,000 in public money. He’s set for sentencing next week and is almost certainly going to be spending the next couple of years in prison. But things haven’t been rosy for Day either. He says he’s been the frequent target of harassment and vandalism by Thomas supporters who are angry at him for helping to bring down their man.”

Oneohtrix Point Never and Nico Jaar Added to “Song 1″ Live Lineup: That makes four acts signed on to perform parts of “Song 1” on May 11, with more to come.



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

  • Filipino group calls Marion Barry‘s remarks about nurses “racist.” [Post]
  • Barry says he’s sick of the media making a big deal about his less-than-PC comments. [Examiner]
  • Farm planned for I-395. [Post]
  • Developer gives up on Poplar Point. [WBJ]
  • New residents are young, childless (ish?). [Post]

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

  • Union Market lands its first tenant. [Post]
  • Epperson gives up on Poplar Point. [WBJ]
  • Seeping change in Mt. Rainier. [DCMud]
  • Is the LivingSocial tax break worth it? [GGW]
  • Yums to Georgia Avenue. [PoP]
  • Has Walmart lost in New York? [NYO]
  • You’re more likely to rent in a rowhouse than a highrise. [Urbanturf]
  • Bikeshare to New Haven. [NextAmericanCity]
  • New York City is way behind D.C. on regulating buses. [Streetsblog]
  • Farms on Capitol Crossing? [Post]
  • You knew this: New residents are young, childless. [Post]
  • Today on the market: DEVELOPER’S DREAM!

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

  • Can throwing a big, cool party in Anacostia change the neighborhood’s reputation? [DCentric]
  • A report from the Helen Hayes Awards after party [Post]
  • Way to let down the Occupy movement, Danny Glover. [Examiner]
  • Chuck Brown cancels more shows [DCist]
  • A software firm CTO questions whether LivingSocial really deserves D.C. tax breaks. [Greater Greater Washington]
  • Meanwhile, LivingSocial’s SocialStudiesDC blog goes bye-bye. [DCist]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry columnist Chris Shott (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • New barbecue joint coming to Shaw [PoP]
  • We, The Pizza debuts six new travel-themed pies [Twitter via Eater]
  • Rebranded K Street Lounge to host food truck happy hour [Dining Bisnow]
  • The Pretzel Bakery does it “Philadelphia style” [The Hill Is Home]
  • More farmers markets open this spring [Post]
  • New Heights‘ Ron Tanaka digs ChixBar Pilar and Thaipoon[Washingtonian]
  • Feast your eyes on the Howard Theatre‘s new fare [BYT]
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center is hosting a pie contest [Frozen Tropics]
  • The best dinner party you’ll never be invited to [Borderstan]