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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Wednesday. Barack Obama‘s Tumblr team has entered the gif business. We’re on the fence.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Woman sues MPD for shooting her dog Wrinkles [Examiner]. Freedom Plaza protesters extend their permit to the end of April [MyFoxDC]. D.C. has knowingly had inaccurate breathalyzers for two years [MyFoxDC]. Homeless man attempted to steal a Secret Service car parked outside of Sidwell Friends [WJLA]. Capital Bikeshare rider who was hit by a truck gets ticketed for running a red light [WJLA]. Council drops contract with security firm after more than 100 violations [WAMU]. There’s a bug going around, and it’s called norovirus [Post].

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: Yesterday, City Paper‘s Needle shot up by 5 points. The bad news: Capital Bikeshare had its 17th accident. The good news: Space shuttle Discovery is coming to Dulles. Take a look here.


Post Continues To Publish Nonsense About Black Women: At City Desk, Shani Hilton finds some (more) flaws with the Post’s latest story from their Black Women Are Like This study, which finds that black women don’t have body image issues like white women: “…it’s misleading and strange to frame a story about black women’s feelings only as a counterpoint to white women. Maybe it’s the editing, but there’s a strange air of wonder throughout the story over the fact that black women don’t hew to white womanhood as the default standard of beauty. On top of that, there’s no mention of the myriad issues black women do have when it comes to their appearance.”

Suburbanites Pollute More: Housing Complex’s Lydia DePillis parses some new data from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on the stuff that goes into the air: “Overall, emissions have declined over the last decade because of more efficient cars, and the trend is forecasted to continue under package of transportation projects that Maryland, D.C., and Virginia have put together—but not evenly. Although it’s very difficult to determine just how much of a region’s pollution can be traced to one jurisdiction, fancy models do as good a job as possible. Here’s what they found: On-road NOx emissions will keep declining in suburban Maryland, due to the institution of the California Clean Car Program, but will increase in Northern Virginia. On-road PM2.5 is projected to increase after 2025 in suburban Maryland and Virginia because of increasing vehicle use, and decrease in D.C., despite a population on the rise.”

Leading The Helen Hayes Awards: Arts Desk editor Jonathan L. Fischer didn’t notice many other obvious snubs—though I would’ve given Rick Foucheux a leading actor nod for Imagining Madoff—and the mood at the National Theatre was pretty noncompetitive. The Helen Hayes Awards are as much about hobnobbing as they are about handing out prizes—which is evident every year, when a remarkable number of categories produce ties. No one is the best at the Helen Hayes Awards—they’re ‘outstanding,’ maybe—but everyone is a winner.”

Sunbathing Boys In Georgetown: It’s been marred, says one neighbor: “The joy of these recent beautiful, sunny days have been somewhat mitigated for me by the sight of bare-chested, boxer-shorted GU students sunbathing on their front stoop right out on the sidewalk. To add insult to injury, these men are sprawled out on old beat up lawn chairs. I am not talking about a real porch here, but rather the top stair of the front entrance of their run down student house. The sight is very down-market, low rent, college dorm and affects the property values of our homes in this section of Georgetown, as well as the pleasure of walking our charming streets.”

“Route 42,” Annotated: Alex Baca breaks down the new song decrying the 42 bus by singer-songwriter René Moffatt. “1:40: ‘That traffic circle’s going to haunt me to no end.’ Moffatt must have trouble living in D.C., what with the 33 roundabouts that dot the city.”

D.C.’s Digital Inclusion Efforts Get Re-Branded: DePillis takes note of the efforts the District is taking to provide internet service to underserved areas, with a caveat: “I’ll take this opportunity to reiterate, though, that the District will hobble its efforts if it doesn’t allow the federal government’s big investment in the Community Access Network (DC-CAN) to reach as many people as possible.Last we checked, they were offering the service at no real discount to the big internet service providers, making it not worth a small business’ while to build out the “last mile” to individual consumers. And still, even those organizations that do pay for the service—like Bread for the City, an early DC-CAN adopter and DiscoTech organizer—aren’t able to operate as a free wireless hotspot like they’d hoped, because the routers OCTO provides aren’t ‘meshable’ with others.”

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Man Reading Newspaper

OF NOTE: Monday is the last day to switch your party affiliation and still be able to vote in the April 3 primary.


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

  • Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says media overhyping erasergate. [Post]
  • ANC 4B04 commissioner Doug Smith has been recalled. [Brightwoodian]
  • The state of the Ward 8 race. [WUSA9]
  • Unemployment still rising in the District. [DCFPI]
  • Post editorial board likes new food truck regs. [Post]
  • House to vote on Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton‘s bill giving the District more leeway in scheduling elections. [DCist]
  • Councilmembers Marion Barry and Jack Evans among those vying to be delegates to the Democratic convention. [Post]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras endorses Jacque Patterson for Ward 8 race. [Examiner]
  • Lots to choose from in Ward 5. [Times]

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

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

  • Lots of fanfare planned for the Discovery space shuttle’s touchdown at the Air and Space Museum. [Post]
  • How to upend the problematic way(s) in which playwrights get their new work to theaters. Warning: high wonk factor. [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Robert Bettmann on expanding District support of the arts. [HuffPost]
  • Jasper Johns in the hizzzaaaay. [Post]
  • Big Freedia‘s show at Rock & Roll Hotel: rescheduled. Somebody gonna be my victim. [Ticket Alternative]

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

  • New York’s Five Napkin Burger plans to expand to D.C. [Burger Days]
  • The Five Buck Chuck doesn’t suck at Burger Tap & Shake. [Post]
  • D.C.’s Fojol Bros. ranks among America’s  Top 20 food trucks. [Smithsonian]
  • CityZenPlume and Marcel’s rank among America’s Top 100 for best service. [Open Table]
  • Columbia Room‘s Derek Brown thinks Yelp is too often “hijacked by idiots.” [Eater]
  • Robert Wiedmaier is opening another restaurant in Bethesda. [Bethesda magazine]
  • Take a peek inside the Hilton brothers’ new Chez Billy on Georgia Avenue NW. [Prince of Petworth]
  • Here’s what’s inside Sticky Fingers‘ maven Doron Petersan‘s fridge (hint: not meat). [BYT]
  • Some culinary tributes to D.C.’s 42 Bus. [Borderstan]
  • Brunch at Policy doesn’t suck—especially when it’s free. [Bitches Who Brunch]