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District Line Daily: Caribbean Day Parade Is Off, Cleveland Park Firehouse Can Widen Its Doors

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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Tuesday! Let's get this show on the road.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Metro employee charged with murder paid to stay home. [Examiner] Man does not know if his bike was stolen by a black person. [Daily Caller] Three Maryland public school employees won the third share of Mega Millions. [WTOP] MPD Chief Cathy Lanier expected to make big announcement with Mayor Vince Gray and the FCC to thwart electronic theft. [WAMU]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Monday, City Paper's Needle ticked down 5 points. The bad news: Adults pillowfought in the streets. The good news: Virginia drivers with DUIs may have to take a breathalyzer to turn their cars on. Take a look here.

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

Parade’s Off: Caribbean Day Short on Cash, Forced to Cancel: Lydia DePillis reports that Caribbean Day Parade organizers say they will a have to forgo the event this year due to outstanding debts to the city. We think there may still be time for an eleventh-hour deal like the one that was struck last year.

Records Show Link Between Gray Campaign Driver And Thompson Associate: LL continues digging into the Jeff Thompson donor network andfinds a possible link to Mayor Vince Gray's alleged "shadow campaign."

Howard Theatre Ribbon Cutting: A Walk Down Memory Lane: Ally Schweitzer evaluates the speeches given by local pols at the Howard's ribbon cutting. "Amid an environment that felt like Sunday church service, a laundry list of politicians and community leaders stepped to the podium on T Street NW to reflect on the Howard's golden era. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton spoke to the 'funky' old Howard Theatre of her day, praising its moxy: 'For 40 years, it has refused to give up the ghost.'  (Not counting that 30-year period in which it remained closed.)"

As Expected, Mayor’s Agent OKs Cleveland Park Firehouse Renovations: The doors of the Cleveland Park Firehouse can be widened to fit new fire trucks, historic preservation board be damned!

D.C. Foodies Atwitter About Chick-fil-A Truck’s No-Show: The Chick-fil-A obsessed did not get to eat mediocre chicken products yesterday, and they are upset.

chickfactor’s Anniversary Shows at Artisphere: What We Learned: "[Belle & Sebastian's] Stevie Jackson mounted a full-on charm assault. He was gracious, self-deprecating, took requests, and brought out Honeybunch to back him for the last few songs. For 'To Be Myself Completely,' the audience offered falsetto backing vocals completely unprompted. At several points, he sang both parts of his duets. 'Step Into My Office' got a bluesy makeover. 'We're gonna go to the delta,'  Jackson announced. Another highlight: 'The Wrong Girl.'"

GETTING IT IN PHOTO OF THE DAY: Couple Dancing

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray to give the District budget autonomy by switching the start date of fiscal year? [Times]
  • Washington Teachers' Union says shame on the mayor, D.C. Council chairman. [Examiner]
  • Big announcement today on cell phone theft? [Post]
  • Stunt journalism shows that someone could have voted illegally on behalf of Attorney General Eric Holder if they really wanted to. Maybe. [Post]
  • Man's L.L. Bean bike gets stolen near Catholic University, man goes insane. [Daily Caller]
  • Asian groups not satisfied with Marion Barry's not-really-an-apology. [Post]
  • Caribbean Day cancelled, for now, due to money problems. [HC]
  • Development booming, if you haven't noticed. [Examiner]
  • Furloughed workers should get repaid. [DCFPI]
  • Here's one way to get paid leave from Metro. [Examiner]
  • Howard Theatre, now open for business. [AD]
  • D.C.'s plan to modernize cabs. [WAMU]

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

  • Sneak peek of Edens' D.C. Farmers Market renovations. [CityBizList]
  • The Powerhouse gets Popularised. [GeorgetownDish]
  • How a Metro line comes together. [DCMud]
  • Glover Parkers protest Wisconsin road diet. [Patch]
  • What a big condo project coming to Adams Morgan looks like. [Urbanturf]
  • What the new G.W. Museum looks like. [DCMud]
  • Shouldn't a surplus generated by furloughs be used to pay back furloughs? [DCFPI]
  • Why are fewer people biking in Beijing, and what can be done? [AtlanticCities]
  • You think renters get subsidized? Let's look at high-income homeowners. [R.U.SeriousingMe]
  • Today on the market: Wall to wall luxury.

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

  • Washingtonian's "Women of Fashion" feature includes former Post writer Holly Thomas, now an editor at Refinery29 [Washingtonian]
  • But despite that, some still think D.C. is uncool [DCist]
  • DeNeen L. Brown's takeaway from Howard Theatre's ribbon cutting yesterday [Post]
  • And if you missed the ribbon cutting, you missed out on Robert "Mousey" Thompson and the James Brown Experience Band. Good thing I was there filming the sick dance moves. (Tip: Turn your computer's volume down) [Youtube]

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

  • It's always oyster happy hour at BlackByrd Warehouse. [Post]
  • Chick-fil-A food truck still two weeks away from launch. [Twitter]
  • What to do with leftover Easter eggs [Washingtonian]
  • Some new stuff to nosh at Nationals Park [Washington Nationals]
  • The pulled pork shoulder doesn't suck at the new Shaw's Tavern. [Left for Ledroit]
  • La Forchetta has a familiar logo, if you're Venezuelan. [Eater]
  • Utopia is closed for the next 14 months. [Prince of Petworth]
  • Marcus Samuelsson serves up veggie and shrimp tacos at the White House. [Examiner]
  • Here's why you should line-up for cupcakes in Bethesda. [Eat The District]
  • An unusual angle on Bar Pilar's lard fried chicken. [FNB]
  • H Street: now a gustatory grown up. [Urban Turf]
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