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District Line Daily: Find D.C.’s Chick-fil-A, Are D.C. Theaters Playing It Too Safe?

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

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Metro reviewing all defibrillators after a man died Monday after a defibrillator used on him had a low battery. [WTOP] Lots of crabs in the Chesapeake bay. [WAMU] Bowie State student charged with killing roommate released on bond. [Times] Jack Evans points out Maryland's taxes are almost catching up with D.C.'s. [Examiner] If Jeff Thompson doesn't sell D.C. Chartered Health Plan, the company will lose its contract. [Post] A Gawker contributor smacks Chris Shott for his recent column on Chick-fil-A and gay rights. [Gawker]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Thursday, City Paper's Needle ticked down one point. The bad news: Hackers protest the federal government by going after dc.gov. The good news: Chili cheese fries on H Street! Take a look here.

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

Who Should Rent Control Protect?: In an outtake from her column this week Lydia DePillis goes further into depth about rent control. "If the city isn't willing to reinvest in rent controlled housing, which is by definition old and in need of substantial upgrades, who should pay increased rents needed to pay for them?"

Actually, D.C. Has a Chick-fil-A, You Just Have To Find It: Ashley Dejean finds the District's lone Chick-fil-A! It's at Catholic University. "Nearly 700 visitors a day chow down at Catholic's Chick-fil-A, making it one of the food court’s most frequented options. The licensed location set up shop in 2005 and is managed by cafeteria giant Aramark."

Are D.C. Theaters Playing It Too Safe?: Contributor Bob Mondello responds, "The frustration of serious theatergoers with D.C. theaters—not just Arena Stage, but many of the city’s more prominent troupes—making conventional, commercial choices rather than more daring ones has to do with the breadth and reach of a theater season, not with the individual attractions. Someone’s bound to do My Fair Lady within a few years (it was just at the Kennedy Center a couple of seasons back, and at the National Theatre less than a decade ago), but what does it say when that’s the choice Arena makes, while scrappy little American Century Theater is the troupe that tackles, say, Lady in the Dark."

Hotel Workers Bring The Noise: Hotel workers picket, protest. "This is how the hotel industry works in D.C.: The Hotel Association of Washington has 95 members. Twenty one of those are unionized under the same collective bargaining agreement—actually pretty good penetration for a private-sector union in D.C.—and generally speaking, wages for different categories of workers are standardized. Their last contract was signed in 2007, and expired in September 2010. They've been trying to negotiate a new one since, demanding better health coverage, a fully funded pension plan, and wage increases (the last one was in March 2010; UNITE-HERE declined to disclose the contract's current wage rates)."

What D.C. Shops Are Doing For Record Store Day: "Record Store Day began in 2007 as a celebration of brick-and-mortar shops hoping to inspire physical trips with exclusive limited releases. This year, there'll be hundreds of them, many of which aren't from the kind of obscure act for which you'd usually head to a record store. Some folks lining up on Saturday will surely be hoping to pick up releases by Arcade FireMetallicaBruce Springsteen, even 311."

Hackers Attack DC.gov in Federal Government Protest: Does this make as much sense to you as it does to us?

SHOW OFF PHOTO OF THE DAY: Break Dancer

LINKDUMP AFTER THE JUMP!

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

  • LL is on vacation this week.

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

  • Zoning hysterics in Chevy Chase. [GGW]
  • This house is adorable. [DCMud]
  • The problem with Popularise. [RPUS]
  • The Franciscans are building a snazzy hermitage. [Architect]
  • Councilmembers have trouble making rent...just like us! [Post]
  • Probably not the most politic remark there, Mr. Evans. [Examiner]
  • A lot of the zoning torture he complains about will get fixed in the rewrite. [Atlantic]
  • Buy the Washingtonian if you want to drool over mansions. [Washingtonian]
  • It's getting hard to keep track of everything planned in Mt. Vernon Square. [Triangle]
  • Today on the market: Argyle Terrace.

ARTS LINKS, by Alex Baca (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Pink Line Project invited Marion Barry to Saturday night's Cherry Blast party in Anacostia—via Twitter, of course. How twaggin'. [Twitter]
  • A survival guide to Coachella, written post-Coachella. "Smoke mad trees" not included. [Style Blog]
  • Memoryhouse's gear stolen in outside of D.C. [Tumblr]
  • Levon Helms, R.I.P. [Post]

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

  • The new Ben's Chili Bowl on H Street will stick to its original concept. [Eater]
  • The food truck fest Curbside Cookoff is set for May 5 [Post]
  • Tips on luring the Ben & Jerry's food truck your way [Washingtonian]
  • Lovely Yogurt opens on U Street [PoP]
  • Vermin caught on video at Mid City Deli [WUSA]
  • Five D.C. sushi spots that don't suck [Capital Cooking]
  • Some love for Tryst [Guest of a Guest]
  • More love for Fiola [Fox News]
  • Some aptly themed munches for 4/20 [City Eats]
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