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A fez-wearing man in Bethesda has claimed a mansion, saying it's owed to him as a "Moorish American national."

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Muriel Bowser to declare for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • Washington's strangest bathrooms. [WTOP]
  • New parking plans coming in the spring. [Examiner]
  • The gay pride parade is expanding. [Post]
  • Traffic tickets up in the District. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Photo of the Day: Man Blowing Smoke.

Insult to Injury: D.C. society magazines aren't looking for ugly people.

Rumors Exaggerated: Despite the spin on new census figures, D.C.'s growth is still healthy.

Meatballer: The new pop-up at Hogo features Swedish meatballs. But without the IKEA horsemeat!

Brown Returns: Despite the support of Marion Barry, Councilmember Anita Bonds couldn't beat Michael Brown in a Ward 8 poll.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Thumbs down for Michael Brown? [Examiner]
  • Paul Quander is afraid to talk. [Fox5]
  • Phil Mendelson says it's an "embarrassment" that fire department submitted faulty fleet info. [Examiner]
  • Should Elissa Silverman return Sinclair Skinner's campaign donation? [NBC4]
  • City contracting: broken. [Post]
  • Red-light cameras are a cash cow. [Post]
  • Pride parade moving to 14th Street. [Post]
  • Would-be prison guard union boss has checkered past. [Times]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • NextBus DC is back, as iCommute DC. [Post]
  • Don't be alarmed by that weird smell in your tap water; DC Water is disinfecting. [DCist]
  • Beware stampeding elephants on these roads today. [Google Maps]
  • The block around North Capitol and M is getting disconcertingly violent. [WJLA]
  • What's better than Metro? Super Metro. [DCist]
  • D.C. will blow away last year's record haul from speed cameras. [Examiner]
  • Apartment building could go bust. [Post, WSJ]
  • Phil Mendelson gives opponents of ADUs a hard time. [GGW]
  • Behind the scenes with prolific D.C. muralists. [UrbanTurf]
  • Metro may ditch carpets. [Examiner]
  • Buy this Virginia house and get a free Maserati. [HuffPostDC]
  • It's hard to hang paintings in a round house. [UrbanTurf]
  • New York solves library budget woes by selling land to developers. [NY Times]
  • Today on the market: A home in the Highlands

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

  • Smithsonian begins cobbling together an agriculture archive. [WTOP]
  • D.C.'s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development revamps its website. [MPTD]
  • Duke Ellington students prepare to perform with Patti LaBelle. [WJLA]
  • American University's WVAU, University of Maryland's WMUC, and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue team up to present a Deerhunter show at the synagogue April 22. [Facebook]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Honey Pig has a rap (watch above). [Eater]
  • The 47 coolest bars in the D.C. area [Thrillist]
  • Celebrate the new pope with wines from his native Argentina. [Drink DC]
  • Document protesting Fainting Goat's liquor license disappears. [Borderstan]
  • Some people can taste shapes and smell colors. [NPR]
  • Le Mediterranean Bistro coming to Fairfax. [NoVa Mag]
  • Zentan gets a new chef. [Post]

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Comments

  1. #1

    I am a natural born sovereign of the Moorish Empire; my Moorish ancestors have lived in this land for thousands of years. My nation Morocco is the first country whose head of state publicly recognize the independence of the United States of America and in 1787 a Treaty of Peace and Friendship was signed in Marrakech Morocco and ratified in 1836. It is still in force making it the longest unbroken treaty in U.S.A. history.

  2. #2

    Office of Motion Picture and Television Development

    New website? Actually just a DC site!
    SAME LOUSY HACK AS DIRECTOR!
    FIRE CRYSTAL PALMER!

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