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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Monday, and no, we don’t want to talk about Lindsay Lohan on SNL.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: D.C. paid almost $700,000 in medical care for dead patients in 2009. [Examiner] Volunteer for Kevin B. Chavous’ D.C. Council campaign charged with murder. [WTOP] Five Capital Bikeshare stations have been approved for installation on the Mall. [MyFoxDC] Up next on the Mall? Food trucks, if D.C.’s director of planning gets her way. [Examiner] Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signs executive order to prevent police from asking for immigration status. [Post] A car fleeing a traffic stop in Prince George’s County crashed into a Metrobus on the D.C. border, injuring six. [WTOP]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Friday, City Paper‘s Needle ticked up by 7 points. The bad news: Metro riders on fixed incomes are fighting fare increases. The good news: Red top meter enforcement is in full effect. Take a look here.


Office of Jeff Thompson Raided by Law Enforcement: One of D.C.’s biggest political contributors had his offices and home raided late Friday, reports Loose Lips Alan Suderman. “Thompson, an accountant who owns a managed care organization that handles one of the District’s largest contracts, is one of the biggest political donors and fundraisers in city politics. So yeah, this could be a pretty big deal. You can read up on some Thompson’s background here.” LL notes that according to his research, Councilmember Tommy Wells is the only member of the D.C. Council who hasn’t received donations from anyone connected with Thompson.

The Eisenhower Memorial: Keeping Score. Housing Complex’s Lydia DePillis tracks the attacks and defenses of the new Eisenhower memorial, which has come up against a lot of opposition from the former president’s family, and anti-Frank Gehry architecture aficionados. Take a look at the long list here.

A D.C. “Mumblecore Thriller” and Its Intriguing Distribution Model: Arts Desk editor Jonathan L. Fischer is interested in a new film Ultrasonic, and how its maker, Rohit Collin Rao, is getting it out to the public: Through a $3.99 rental. “The model is intriguing: While plenty of filmmakers give away their work for free online—and sometimes that really, really works out—I haven’t heard of any that sell rentals. When the stand-up comic Louis C.K. made more than $1 million last year selling a new comedy special through his own website—and not through on online vendor iTunes, which takes a hefty cut—it seemed like a sea change for do-it-yourself film distribution. But C.K. pulled it off because he already had a large following. Rao is starting from the bottom floor. That’s one reason for the low price point. ‘Hopefully if someone is mildly intrigued, they’ll just do it,’ Rao says. ‘I wanted it to be low enough for someone on the fence to do it.’

Boqueria To Open March 15: Chris Shott reports that a New York based tapas restaurant is expanding to Dupont Circle. Because if there’s one thing this city doesn’t have enough of, it’s small plates.

Mayor Gray Second-Guesses CFO, Says There’s Got to be More Money Out There: DePillis takes note of a letter Mayor Gray sent to Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi asking him to find more money in the FY 2013 budget: “It is difficult for me to believe that the revenue impact of these positive trends in fiscal year 2013 will be as insignificant as you currently project,” he wrote, referencing low unemployment, improving economy, and increasing population. This isn’t exactly a surprise, considering the embarrassing $240 million surplus D.C. suddenly found itself with this year, after making overly conservative decisions to protect the budget.

Byline Parity at City Paper: Shani Hilton and Brooke Hatfield do the math. 79 percent of cover stories last year were written by white people, 16 percent were written by black people, and 5 percent were written by Mike Paarlberg.



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

  • If the feds’ raid on Jeff Thompson‘s home and offices has anything to do with Mayor Vince Gray’s mayoral campaign, then that investigation just got about 800,000 times more interesting. [LL]
  • Volunteer on Ward 7 challenger Kevin Chavous the Younger’s campaign accused of stabbing neighbor to death over dog poop. [ABC7]
  • Councilmembers Marion Barry and Jack Evans win spots as delegates. [PostABC7Fox5]
  • Attorney General Irv Nathan says, yeah, having a police force that doesn’t have working breathalyzers makes it hard for the District to prosecute DUI cases. [Fox5]
  • Colby King chats with Warren Williams, the would-be lottery suitor who says Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham tried to bid-trade. “Well, you’ve got to give me something in order for me to support you on the lottery, and the something I’m looking for is the WMATA project.” [Post]
  • Former DYRS honcho accused of sexual assault. [Times]
  • Did Councilmember Vincent Orange plagiarize the president, then duck a Post reporter? [Post]
  • Good government types looking for some signatures. [Post]
  • Let’s privatize job training. [GGW]
  • D.C. had problems with 911 service on Saturday, Barry was on top of it. [Times, @marionbarryjr]
  • Where exactly would the Redskins fit at Res 13? [Post]
  • David Alpert makes the case against the ‘Skins. [Post]
  • Everybody’s excited about Fort Lincoln Costco. [Post]

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

  • Liquor store gets gentrified. [PoP]
  • PG bag fee not dead yet. [Examiner]
  • #rediscoverthebus [Salon]
  • Things we already knew about Fort Lincoln. [Post]
  • How to help the hardcore homeless. [Post]
  • Tactical urbanism how-to guide. [AtlanticCities]
  • Helping people stay in Petworth. [Post]
  • What’s in the works for First and M? [JDLand]
  • We’ll get a look at those Union Market plans soon. [Post]
  • Feeling pretty glad that planners in the 1950s turned out to be wrong. [GGW]
  • What a subway under construction looks like. [Gothamist]
  • DeBonis breaks out the maps to show why a Redskins training facility probably doesn’t fit at Hill East. [Post]
  • And why it’s a bad use of land even if it did. [RPUS]
  • Today on the market: No problem with tenants rights.

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

  • Radiohead plays the Verizon Center June 3; tickets on sale this Thursday. [Radiohead]
  • Why you pay $100 or more to sit in some D.C. theaters [Post]
  • Another one: “Shit D.C. People Say” [For the DMV Only]
  • Is Michael Kaiser the Sun Tzu of nonprofit-arts management? [Michael Kaiser]
  • More on Rick Sordelet, the guy who created the fights in Studio Theatre’s Sucker Punch. [Post]

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

  • Plans to revitalize the National Mall could include food trucks. [Examiner]
  • What’s your favorite cult restaurant that’s not in D.C.? [Washington Business Journal]
  • Starbucks in Woodley Park is under renovations. [Prince of Petworth]
  • A profile of prolific D.C. restaurateur Joe Englert [Washingtonian]
  • An ATM that dispenses cupcakes [Post]
  • Here’s how to make the Starry Starry Night at Degrees. [City Eats]
  • Check out the carrot cake pancakes at Founding Farmers. [BYT]
  • A glance at the underground food meet-up Feastly [DCist]