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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Tuesday and on this day in 1868, the U.S. Senate began its impeachment trial of President Andrew Jackson Johnson.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: MPD arrests 16 people at 13 businesses that were selling stolen “snatched” electronics. [WJLA] Redskins penalized with a salary cap reduction of $36 million. [WTOP] Tide laundry detergent on the black market. [MyFoxDC] New D.C. bill would force anyone suspecting child sexual abuse to report it or face 90 days in jail. [Examiner] “Construction fatigue” in Adams Morgan. [Post] Cherry blossom peak bloom period may be earlier than the early time period earlier predicted. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Monday, City Paper‘s Needle ticked up two points. The bad news: A man was stabbed at Petworth’s Island Cafe. The good news: Four area schools made the NCAA basketball tournament, so tune your bracket accordingly. Take a look here.


Money For The Home Stretch: Loose Lips Alan Suderman is tracking the candidates final donation numbers. Of interest: Former mayor-for-life Marion Barry says he’s a victim of his own success, got cash at his birthday party. And Ward 2’s Jack Evans has spent more than $250,000 on his race—with no challenger.

Barry Unsuccessful In Ousting White Architects For Ballou High: Housing Complex’s Lydia DePillis notices that Barry didn’t manage to follow up on his promise to “deal with” getting rid of the all-white architecture firm that’s been contracted to rebuild Ward 8’s Ballou High School. She adds: “Now, watch him spin the choice as an example of his leadership in demanding nothing less than what Georgetown Day and the National Cathedral School got for the children of Ward 8.”

What Happened In Washington. Bookmark this read for your commute: Contributor John Anderson notices a set of images at “Happenings,” a photography exhibit of the avant-garde ’60s at The Pace Gallery in New York, and discovers a bit of Washington history there: “The short-lived Washington Gallery of Modern Art was established in 1962 at a time when D.C. had fewer than five art museums. The idea for WGMA was cooked up at a cocktail party; within a couple years Washington’s first museum of contemporary art had taken shape in a four-story town house near the Phillips Collection, with Alice Denney as the assistant director under director Adelyn Breeskin, the former museum director at the Baltimore Museum of Art. ‘The Popular Image,’ one of the first exhibitions at the gallery, was among the first exhibitions in the country that featured ‘the new art,’ as Alan Solomon called it in the catalog essay. The new art was also labeled New Realism, Neo-Dada, and Pop. Pop was a common name at the time, and it stuck.”

Welcome Back, R.J. Cooper! The Rogue 24 chef is back in the kitchen after undergoing open heart surgery.

Marbury Plaza Saga Ends With Release Of Rents—Maybe: DePillis reports that last week the management company that has been renovating the Marbury Plaza Towers on Good Hope Road SE has gotten the sign off from the Attorney General to receive the $4oo,000 in rent money residents have held in trust. The management company is pleased. Some residents are not. “This has been an exhausting exercise in endless gaslighting,” April Goggans says. “The current AG was completely silent and purposefully during disengaged from the entire process. The UIP Executives and the property owners can say and do anything, because no one follows anything from start to finish with them. They know the systems and all of its loopholes.”

The Accidental Activist, a Play Starring Newt Gingrich’s Half-Sister, Launches Beltway Drama Series: Starring Candace Gingrich-Jones as Candace Gingrich-Jones in a play written by her wife, Rebecca Gingrich-Jones. “Based Candace’s memoir of the same title, the script explores the relationship of the Gingrich siblings and updates the tale to include Gingrich’s current bid for the Republican presidential nomination.”


BE THERE OR BE SQUARE: City Paper will be sponsoring a series of D.C. Council candidate debates this month.

Ward 4: TONIGHT! Tuesday, March 13, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. at Domku, 821 Upshur St. NW (guest moderator: WPFW’s Gloria Minott)

Ward 8: TOMORROW! March 14, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Georgena’s (formerly Players Lounge), 2737 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE (guest moderator: Channel 7’s Sam Ford)

At-Large: Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW (guest moderator: NBC4’s Tom Sherwood)

Ward 7: Wednesday, March 21, location and moderator TBD.


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

  • Ward 4 debate tonight at Domku. [LL]
  • Councilmember Vincent Orange looks over money order donations tied to Jeff Thompson, finds some that are “suspicious and questionable.” [Post]
  • Gasman Joe Mamo says Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh is out of line. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray‘s back and forth with CFO Nat Gandhi over revenue estimates was a dumb move [Examiner]
  • Activists want Gray to start spending. [Examiner]
  • Yes, the primary is early this year. [Post]
  • Police make arrests in cell phone thefts. [NBC4]
  • Kevin Chavous says he doesn’t need a lot of money to win. [Times]
  • Anti-child abuse bill has support. [Examiner]
  • SNL alum Ana Gasteyer is friends with at-large candidate David Grosso. [Post]
  • Orange and former campaign aide in the middle of a spat. [Post]

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

  • Legalize yoga! [DCist]
  • Sales prices, mapped. [Post]
  • February house price bump. [Post]
  • Sayonara, B-Cycle. [Washcycle]
  • Placemaking in Nairobi. [PPS]
  • Guerilla street furniture. [Architizer]
  • Open Walls, come to D.C. next! [PatternCities]
  • People in poor neighborhoods have more pain. [AtlanticCities]
  • Why churches are foreclosing, and what happens then. [Financial Post]
  • It sure could be easier to cross the river on foot. [GGW]
  • New renderings for JBG’s Florida Avenue project. [EastShawDC]
  • Real reasons why the kids don’t move much anymore. [Atlantic]
  • Could D.C. preserve a part of the 11th Street bridge for awesomeness? [Washcycle]
  • Today on the market: Historic kit bungalow.

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

  • Streetscape improvements haven’t been easy for business owners in Adams Morgan. [Post]
  • Sixteen members of the world’s largest pop group will perform at the Cherry Blossom Festival. [Style Blog]
  • So many shooting-star noises: Here is a new song by all-American local rockers U.S. Royalty. [Soundcloud]
  • Why Tom Cochran, the man behind the blog Ghosts of D.C., writes about local history [HuffPo]
  • ICYMI: An interview with D.C. graffiti artist Asad “Ultra” Walker [Pink Line Project]

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

  • The Post‘s food section is probably sticking with its star-rating system. [Post]
  • Here’s how Boundary Road prepared for President Barack Obama‘s recent visit [ABC News]
  • Among the new concessions at Nationals Park this spring: an eight-pound “StrasBurger.” [Post]
  • Here’s what guest chef Katsuya Fukushima was cooking up at Rogue 24 last week. [City Eats]
  • A little Q&A with Megan Parisi, the ChurchKey crew’s new head brewer. [DC Beer]
  • A profile of “the lettuce lady,” D.C. farmers market maven Mary Ellen Taylor [Voice of America]
  • Twelve places to eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day. [Washingtonian]
  • Dickson Wine Bar turns two. [Prince of Petworth]
  • The “Ultimate D.C. Dining Guide” [Zagat]