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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Wednesday—and the primary election results are in! Sort of. The unopposed Eleanor Holmes Norton and Ward 2’s Jack Evans appear to be on track to keep their seats (since Democratic nominees tend to win general elections here easily), and Ward 7’s Yvette Alexander, Ward 4’s Muriel Bowser, and Ward 8’s Marion Barry all defeated their challengers. Too close to call: At-Large candidate Sekou Biddle vs. incumbent Vincent Orange. VO only has a 543-vote lead, and there are far more than that in absentee ballots to count, which the D.C. Board of Elections will be doing by Friday, April 13.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Mitt Romney wins D.C. and Maryland GOP primaries. [Post] Higher cab rates coming this month. [Examiner] Redskins uniforms are about the same. [WTOP] Washington officials just can’t let go of the Blackberry. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Tuesday, City Paper‘s Needle dipped 5 points. The bad news: D.C.’s weed czar has never smoked weed. The good news: Nothing. Take a look here.


Sekou Biddle: I Was Running To Win: Biddle may be a little bit salty about Peter Shapiro‘s decision to run for Vincent Orange’s At-Large seat on the Council, since Shapiro’s 5,000+ votes in last night’s primary may have cut into Biddle’s win. (He’s only about 500 votes behind Orange currently.) Biddle tells Mike Madden: “I was running to win. I did everything I could do to win. I think you should ask him that question, and the people he talked to about being in the race should ask him that question. Clearly, he was not anywhere near a position to win this race.”

Ward 2 and 6 Come Out On Top In Economic Development Spending: Lydia DePillis reports on where the city spends its economic development money: “This year, the haul was a little more evenly distributed, with Wards 2 and 6 taking about $43 million each (taking out debt service on the Convention Center and Nationals Ballpark, which most people wouldn’t think of as current spending).”

Popular Basil Thyme Food Truck Rescued From Impound Lot: Your pick for second-best food truck in the city was towed yesterday, then quickly retrieved after some “theatrics.” The offense? $1,000 in parking tickets.

Big Day For Anti-Corporate Giving Petition Drive: Organizers used yesterday’s political activity to get signatures for Ballot Initiative 70, which would ban corporate giving. Too bad the turnout was rather low.

This One Time, We All Got Bandanas: Bruuuuuuce returns to D.C.

Georgetown and Neighbors Request Extension For Next Campus Plan Filing: It’s looking like the university and its neighbors are trying to work things out. And why not? It’s only been two years of wrangling.



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

  • Incumbents rule! [Post]
  • Councilmember Vincent Orange can’t quite declare victory [Times]
  • Sekou Biddle‘s gotta be a little bit sore at Peter Shapiro today [LL]
  • Ward 8 Councilmember for Life Marion Barry wins easy, dances [NBC4]

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

  • The home-buying production line. [NYT]
  • Electricity is expensive! [Examiner]
  • It’s National Walking Day! [RPUS]
  • Nats fairgrounds almost ready. [JDLand]
  • Chinatown Park finally getting its facelift. [TheTriangle]
  • There are no condos left in central D.C. [Post]
  • IMF building a super-bland hotel in Dupont. [DCMud]
  • Now that’s a beautiful bridge. [Washcycle]
  • Sam’s Pawn Shop closing for real. [PoP]
  • Yes, CityCenterDC’s talking to Eataly. [Washingtonian]
  • Old public schools may go to charter schools after all. [Post]
  • Why it’s hard to feel the recovery in PG County. [NYT]
  • Sustainable communities funding on the chopping block. [Streetsblog]
  • Georgetown, neighbors think they can work things out. [PatchGM]
  • Today on the market: Spot in Valley Vista.

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

  • The National Symphony Orchestra announces a June tour of Las Americas. [Post]
  • Bob Woodward: The Internet is not “a magic lantern” that lights up scandals. [Post]
  • The irksome Washington Post Social reader, which tells all your Facebook friends you’ve been reading studies about breast enlargement, weight loss, and/or Adele’s love life, seems to be “working.” [Porcupine]
  • Studio Theatre’s 2012-2013 season [Post]
  • Wayne Brady will take Louis CK‘s place at the Correspondents Dinner. [Politico]
  • D.C. Jazz Loft returns. [Capital Bop]

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

  • Spicy tuna rolls are “highly suspect” in salmonella outbreak affecting 19 states and D.C. [WTOP]
  • More details on the new Maple, now open in Columbia Heights [Dining Bisnow]
  • Here’s a reason to visit America Eats Tavern [Don Rockwell]
  • D.C.’s 2nd Annual American Lamb Jam is May 21 [Dining in DC]
  • “Artini”-goers show off their artsy chic. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dines at Ardeo+Bardeo [Examiner]
  • Bayou Bakery‘s David Guas is no fan of room-temperature muffalettas but he digs the beans at Popeye’s. [HuffPo]
  • Pound The Hill unveils its new 20-seat patio. [Twitter]
  • District Kitchen debuts its new spring cocktails. [Twitter]
  • Check out the artisanal soda selection at Sugar Magnolia. [The Pumpernickel Collection]
  • Ideas for Easter and Passover dining in D.C. [Zagat]