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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Thursday. Today in 1961, enough states had ratified the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution that D.C. citizens were given the right to vote in presidential elections. States that have still not ratified it: Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia. States that outright rejected the amendment: Arkansas. States that ratified it in 2002: Alabama.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Man who fired on police near Benning Park in Southeast fatally shot. [Times] Most inmates who are eligible to vote have no access to voting materials. [Afro] Most new D.C. residents are not from the area. [Post] Baltimore-born poet Adrienne Rich dies at age 82. [WAMU]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Monday, City Paper's Needle fell four points. The bad news: White House reduces funding it pledged to Metro. The good news: D.C. makes the top ten in a somewhat arbitrary list of cities that are good for biking. Take a look here.

SIX CITY PAPER STORIES FROM THE LAST 24 HOURS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Best Of D.C. 2012: It's finally here. Your picks, our picks! We've got a whole guide.

A Better Use, Perhaps, For Pete Ross's Money?: LL wonders if shadow senator candidate Pete Ross should maybe stop spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on campaigning for an unpaid position and start paying his back taxes instead. "A deeper dive into the bankruptcy filings of Ross's company, Spectrum LTD, shows that it wasn't just federal incomes taxes that went unpaid. The District's Office of Tax and Revenue also filed a claim for $441,734.40 in mostly unpaid sales and use taxes, interest, and penalties. A spokeswoman for OTR says that when the business was dissolved and its assets sold off, the city's take came out to a measly $11,639.76—or about $430,000 less than what the District says it was owed. No additional payments have been received on that debt, the spokeswoman says."

Can UDC Make The Jump?: Housing Complex's Lydia DePillis takes note of the heavy burdens the University of the District of Columbia has as it tries to make the leap to a solid state school. "Even as it undertakes an ambitious building program to change its brutalist face and bring students to live on campus, it faces questions from the surrounding community about why it even wants to rise above its commuter school reputation. Breathless stories about Sessoms' travel bills and home renovations don't help the perception issue. Even Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, a staunch UDC supporter, said at the university's budget oversight hearing this month that last year's poor recordkeeping—the institution is trying to computerize statistics that have long been kept in stacks of paper—tried his patience."

What's Wrong With Putting Red Light Cameras Everywhere?: It seems simple enough to avoid getting a ticket: Don't break the law.

La Forchetta Vows To Topple 2Amys As D.C.'s Highest Neapolitan Temple: "During a tour of the new restaurant on Monday, Ilhan leads me back into the kitchen, where he shows off his shiny new dough mixer, imported direct from Italy. Ilhan initially describes the contraption, which kneads up to 50 pounds of the stretchy floury stuff at a time, as the 'Cadillac of dough mixers,' then quickly corrects himself. 'Ferrari,' he says. 'This is Italian, after all.'"

Five Books I'd Read: If only Justin Moyer had the time.

THAT'S A GOOD LOOK PHOTO OF THE DAY: Man With Bowler Hat

LINKDUMP AFTER THE JUMP!

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

  • Office of Contracting and Procurement not doing its job, says IG. [WBJ]
  • Adrian Fenty's sister-in-law and Mayor Vince Gray's son used to work for Jeff Thompson. [Post]
  • D.C. Council waiting for other shoe to drop. [Informer]
  • In defense of the Housing Production Trust Fund. [DCFPI]
  • Gray bullish on streetcars. [Times]
  • People move to D.C. [Post]
  • Inmates at D.C. Jail not voting. [Afro]

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

  • Baltimore needs a bigger tunnel. [Post]
  • Urban Land Institute is bullish on the future. [Citybiz]
  • The rebirth of a high rise housing project. [NYT]
  • D.C. brings all the kids to the yard, part XVIII. [Post]
  • Obama skips out on Metro payment. [WTOP]
  • Another Reatig building cleared in Shaw. [DCMud]
  • New vacant and blighted list, hot off the presses. [ParkViewDC]
  • The Equitable building's past and indeterminate future. [SOW]
  • Gaithersburg could get a new town center. [Gazette]
  • MoCo still wasting money on parking garages. [GGW]
  • What it means that the mayor is raiding the Housing Production Trust Fund. [DCFPI]
  • Seriously: Isn't the idea of speed limits that people should obey them? [CityDesk]
  • Today on the marketPrestigious Jefferson Row.

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

  • Cornell University's choral director, Scott Hudson, to succeed Choral Arts Society honcho Norman Scribner, who founded the ensemble 46 years ago. [Post]
  • Black Cat Peep show! (Not what you think.) [Post]
  • DMV producer Judah's track-by-track review of Fat Trel's Nightmare on E St. is pretty brutal. [For the DMV Only]
  • Chatting with curator Amy Lipton, whose selections for the ongoing 5x5 public art project deal with biodiversity [Pink Line Project]
  • A theater story whose lede involves a severed-head prop—and is somehow not penned by Maura Judkis [Post]

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

  • José Andrés unveils his new and improved Jaleo. [Post]
  • Everything is excellent at Rasika West End's soft opening, except for the naan. [Eat More Drink More]
  • Sweets truck Pleasant Pops will open an actual storefront in Adams Morgan. [Washingtonian]
  • Georgetown's Crepe Amour is closing Mar. 31. [Prince of Petworth]
  • More on that food truck pop-up at Fruit Bat [Frozen Tropics]
  • New Bayou Bros food truck sells fried alligator sandwiches, other stuff [Thrillist]
  • The pop-up Blind Dog Cafe might just stick around for a while. [Borderstan]
  • Art & Soul's Wes Morton is a sucker for chocolate ice cream. [Zagat]
  • Join the culinary paparazzi. [You Tube via Eater]
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