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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Wednesday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Metro can't make all the upgrades it needs without Congress's help, Congress otherwise occupied. [WAMU] Mother of teenager shot in back by MPD officers files $100 million wrongful death lawsuit. [Examiner] New head of the embattled Children & Youth Investment Trust, Robert Bobb, has ties to mega-donor Jeffrey Thompson. [WAMU] WMATA proposes a 28-day pass for $230. [WTOP]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Tuesday, City Paper's Needle slipped 2 points. The bad news: A D.C. teacher has taken Osama bin Laden's spot in the FBI's mot wanted list. The good news: Shaw's Tavern finally (!) gets a liquor license. Take a look here.


Harry Thomas Jr. Subpoenaed Over Missed Payment: Which, duh, he doesn't have a job and his house is in his wife's name. But LL thinks a deal will be reached so HTJ can avoid "talking about his personal finances in open court."

Caribbean Festival May Be Saved! MAYBE: Lydia DePillis reports: "Though they made no mention of it at last night's meeting, Caribbean Day executive director Loughton Sargeant called today to assert that they're exploring locations other than Georgia Avenue to hold the 20th annual celebration on the originally planned date of June 23 and 24." No love from the mayor's office, though.

The Howard Theatre Looks Good, but How Does It Sound?: "As for the sonics: They were certainly loud and chest-rattling. By that measure, the sound system was a $2 million well spent. Clarity was another story. DJ-handled bangers like 'Chain Music' were crisp and immaculate. UCB was tight, but when they let their go-go transmutations inch into nu-metal territory—see last night's strangely heavy rendition of 'Nike Boots'—the mix verged on muddled and soupy."

Ted Loza Out Of Prison: Eight months in the slammer for the former Jim Graham aide are up. "Asked if he'd consider rehiring Loza, Graham says he has no comment other than to say that he didn't know Loza is now out of prison."

No Louver Lost! Dupont Tenants Organize to Keep Antique Screen Doors: There are a lot of old doors in a building. The tenants like the old doors. One tenant says his old door may have even saved his life. The management company doesn't like the old doors. A battle ensues.

Winter Is Bumpin’: Nacey Remixes Game of Thrones Theme: And this happened.

NOW SMILE PHOTO OF THE DAY: Man With Eight Cameras

OF NOTE: Emancipation Day (April 16) kicks off early with a series of events beginning with a march today at 2 p.m. from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Ohio Drive SW will be closed along the Tidal Basin for part of the day.



  • D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown in testy spat with anonymous senior Gray staffer. [Examiner]
  • President Barack Obama's campaign reminds everyone that it had nothing to do with making Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry a delegate to the convention. [Politico]
  • Former Mayor Adrian Fenty's mysterious campaign-funded nonprofit remains mysterious. [WBJ]
  • Former City Administrator Robert Bobb appointed to troubled Children & Youth Investment Trust Corp. [Post]
  • Caribbean Festival saved, maybe. [HC]
  • Tom Sherwood astounded by Sekou Biddle and David Grosso's failure to acknowledge District's racial divide. [NBC4]
  • Gray to China. [Examiner]
  • Library official now library consultant. [Times]
  • BOEE not happy with that ACORN dude. [Post]
  • Kids need to read. [Examiner]
  • Behold the future of news. [HuffPost]

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex blogger Lydia DePillis (tips?

  • Tiny houses touch down. [PoP]
  • How to cram office space into an alley. [AtlanticCities]
  • Will Freedom Plaza be able to bring its tent? [Post]
  • Sure is cheap to live in PG County. [Curbed]
  • Jamestown picks up new 10th Street building. [WBJ]
  • Meet Historic Preservation Review Board member Rauzia Ally. [Borderstan]
  • Arlington fundraising for the homeless. [Post]
  • UIP picks up another piece of Adams Morgan. [Bisnow]
  • The death of walking in America? [Slate]
  • Another reason to hate the House. [WAMU]
  • Today on the market: Linnean rambler.

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • Kennedy Center announces the 2012 Women in Jazz Festival lineup [Post]
  • Facebook takes over Instagram: What does it mean for Instagram dorks like you and me? [Post]
  • Gwydion Suilebhan is now a D.C. representative for the Dramatists Guild [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Capital Bop will present a showcase at Lumen8Anacostia [Capital Bop]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry columnist Chris Shott (tips?

  • Remember breakfast? [Post]
  • Hank's Oyster Bar is opening a third outpost in the old Ba Bay space. [Eater]
  • Mediterranean spot 24 Seven eyes the vacant Love Cafe location. [Prince of Petworth]
  • Try the beef sliders and pork belly bao buns at The Source. [Washingtonian]
  • DC Brau celebrates its one-year anniversary at Meridian Pint on Sunday. [Facebook]
  • Chefs R.J. Cooper and Fabio Trabocchi to host "Sunday Supper" at Union Market in June. [PR Newswire]
  • Do black diners get treated differently? [Examiner]
  • Virginia's happy hour law is a real bummer. [WTOP]
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