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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Thursday, so your print edition is just waiting for you to go pick it up.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Income equality gap in D.C. one of the nation’s largest. [Post] DCPS to open three new middle schoosl in Ward 5. [Examiner] It’s looking like the Ward 4 D.C. Council race is Muriel Bowser‘s to lose. [Post] WMATA closing Shady Grove, Twinbrook, and Rockville Metrorail stations for weekend work. [WTOP] A D.C. school was one of several in the country to receive a letter with white powder in it. [WJLA] Off-duty MPD officer allegedly solicited, then shot at a transgender prostitute. [WAMU]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: Yesterday, City Paper‘s Needle ticked up four points. The bad news: A suspicious coconut at the Frederick County courthouse. The good news: As rich Washingtonians go, Forbes says Dan Snyder is the poorest one. Take a look here.


Barry Celebrates 76th Birthday: Loose Lips Alan Suderman hangs out at former mayor-for-life Marion Barry’s recent birthday party. Barry isn’t feeling his age, he says: “Somebody asked me the other day, ‘How does it feel to be 76?'” Barry told the crowd. “I said, ‘It feels like it does when I was 50.’ Except I can’t walk as fast, I can’t see as far, but my mind is as sharp as ever. My mind is as sharp as ever. Sharp as ever. My vision is as clear as ever, as big as ever.”

Hot Corner To Get Redeveloped In Adams Morgan: Housing Complex’s Lydia DePillis notes that the notorious corner of 17th and Euclid streets NW is getting condos: “Residents should hope, though, that they bring back some sort of market—even new condos don’t do much for eyes on the street, which are the best crime deterrent a city could ask for.”

Avicii, Kid Cudi, and The Shins Will Headline Sweetlife Festival: If you can make a mean salad, you can make a rock festival: The Sweetgreen salad chain’s annual Sweetlife Festival is back April 28 for the third year. Headlining the daylong concert at Merriweather Post Pavillion? Avicii, the 22-year-old Swedish house producer and DJ who’s the same age, I’d wager, as the average Sweetlife attendee. Much of the rest of the mainstage lineup skews as young, audience-wise: Kid CudiThe ShinsExplosions in the SkyFitz and the Tantrumsfun., and A$AP Rocky. The festival’s second stage, The Treehouse, will feature ‘sweetgreen’s favorite new artists,’ though the lineup is TBA.”

Don’t Call STEM Careers “Non-Traditional”: While Shani Hilton is a fan of supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training for girls, she’s not loving the name of a new STEM conference for girls in the District, the Young Women’s Conference on Non-Traditional Careers: “Why not make a direct reference to STEM, instead of pointing out in big words that technology is a ‘non-traditional’ career for women to pursue?”

Five Books I’d Read: Contributor Justin Moyer talks about five books he’d read if he had the time.

Toki Underground’s Erik Yang Previews His New Place at Living Social HQ: Chris Shott reports that Toki Underground chef Erik Yang will be opening a new restaurant, location TBD: “Bruner-Yang says the style of cooking will be ‘based on the techniques that Spero has learned at all the restaurants that he’s worked at.’ After a year at Komi, the guy traveled to stage at some venerable kitchens, including Noma and Alinea. Lately, he’s been splitting his time between Toki and Townhouse in Chilhowie, Va.”


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

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 8: Wednesday, 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)

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

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


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

  • Smart growthers, behold your master! [City Paper]
  • Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, it’s your turn for a Post pre-election profile. [Post]
  • How many jobs did federal stimulus create in D.C.? No one knows. [Times]
  • Mayor Vince Gray: I didn’t touch any money orders. [NBC4]
  • Sulaimon Brown: a free man. [Post]
  • How Jeff Thompson nabbed the Medicaid cash cow. [DCWatch]
  • Councilmember Vincent Orange to his challengers: I’m clean, you’re dirty. [Post]
  • Deputy mayor pays his way to China. [HC]
  • Fire department pays $70,000 for shirts no one can wear. [Times]
  • Gray announces $2 million for on-the-job training. [Post]
  • Huge income gap in D.C. [Post]
  • New middle school planned for Ward 5. [Post]
  • Gray sticks up for Fire Chief Ken Ellerbe. [Fox5]

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

  • Condos moving forward at Central Union Mission. [Urbanturf]
  • Federal Trade Commission doesn’t wanna move. [WBJ]
  • How to get paid for hiring District residents. [Post]
  • Studying things is expensive. [TBD]
  • Transportation bill not running on time. [Streetsblog]
  • Big plans for the food system. [BftC]
  • Do teachers all want to live together? [NYT]
  • What’s up with expanding solar power to the masses. [DCSUN]
  • Today on the market: Sell your car!

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

  • Adapt some Shakespeare memorabilia at the Folger. [Style Blog]
  • ReadysetDC kicks off a new mixtape series: The first guest DJ is Ra Ra Rasputin‘s Patrick Kigongo. [ReadysetDC]
  • Michael Kahn, preparing to mount Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Shakespeare Theatre Company, reads O’Neill deeply. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • More KenCen season ruminations. [Style Blog]
  • Talkin’ with Ryan Nelson about his band Soccer Team in advance of South by Southwest. [Austin 360]

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

  • No end in sight for D.C.’s burger boom. [TBD]
  • A day in the life of chef Mike Isabella. [City Eats]
  • Tabaq gets ABC Board approval to reopen. [Borderstan]
  • Rogue 24 dumps Open Table for City Eats [Washingtonian]
  • Are food trucks getting screwed by the new sales tax bill? [Reason]
  • Health inspectors have issues with Asian Bistro and Tandoori Time. [Post]
  • Connecticut’s Barcelona Wine Bar is expanding to D.C. [PR Newswire]
  • Dupont’s Panas Empanadas applies to serve booze. [Prince of Petworth]