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The District's roads are garbage! That's the word from a group of civil engineers who say that all but 1 percent of the city's roads are "mediocre" or "poor."


  • Washington Examiner lays off 87, will stop publishing daily. [City Desk, City Desk]
  • ...To the delight of fugitives. [Examiner]
  • Two shot in attempted burglary yesterday. [Times]
  • Are 2014 mayoral candidates too nice? [Examiner]
  • Robbers pull off with big heist at Pentagon City Rolex store. [Post]
  • Fifteen percent of Metrobuses don't have app-enabled location trackers. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Man Blowing Smoke.

Back to School: Instead of trading its newly valuable land for a cash windfall, Howard University is building new dorms.

Do It Live: Shaw's Mandalay won't have a menu.

Pay Up: Will the D.C. Council force Walmart to pay its workers a living wage? We'll find out today.

Artisphere Trouble: Years and years of the Rosslyn Artisphere's woes.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips?

  • Report finds three ambulances were improperly out of service when D.C. cop had to be transported to hospital by a Prince George's County ambulance. [Fox5]
  • Are Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells too nice? [Examiner]
  • David Catania asks Wells if he's wearing "male spanx." [NBC4]
  • Matthew Frumin owes a $288 tax debt from 13 years ago. [Post]
  • Paul Zukerberg calls D.C. a "plantation." [Post]
  • Nextbus is a joke! [Post]
  • No trash incinerator study coming. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Eisenhower Memorial debate gets heated [New York Times]
  • "Inside the Beltway" would be a pretty big, not-all-that-dense city. [GGW]
  • Barry Farm rec center breaks ground tomorrow. []
  • A D.C. minimum-wage earner has to work 132-hour weeks to afford an average two-bed apartment. [DCist]
  • New plans for a condo building at 14th and W NW [UrbanTurf]
  • Cherry blossom peak now expected between April 3 and 6 [WJLA]
  • The National Urban League is moving to Shaw's Progression Place. [WBJ]
  • Renderings of NoMa's big 2M apartment building [UrbanTurf]
  • The D.C. region likes Ohio State, Indiana, Duke, and UNC/Michigan in the NCAA tourney. [Facebook]
  • Today on the market: Compact Georgetown rowhouse

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • A report from Tuesday's congressional hearing on the Eisenhower Memorial quotes Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-N.J.): "...the only thing that’s worse than art designed by a committee is art designed by a congressional committee." [Post]
  • Peak cherry-tree bloom date pushed back to early April. [WTOP]
  • Why you should check out Monday nights at Bohemian Caverns. [Post]
  • Andrew Noz pens a Shy Glizzy miniprofile for Fader. [Fader]
  • E.D. Sedgwick announces West Coast tour dates. [Dischord]
  • Better know a DIY art space. [Pink Line Project]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • A guide to coffee brewing methods in D.C. [Eater]
  • Carolina Kitchen owner plans to open a burger joint and restaurant on H Street NE [WBJ]
  • Extra Virgin closes in Shirlington [ARLnow]
  • La Tagliatella to take Extra Virgin's place [NoVa Mag]
  • Five places to try in Annapolis [Girl Meets Food]
  • Taste testing new fast food items [Zagat]
  • Sol Mexican Grill coming soon to H Street NE [Frozen Tropics]
  • Where to watch March Madness [Dining in DC]
  • Get a sneak peek at Logan Circle's Black Whiskey at film screening there Friday [Post]
  • Five things to look for at Look [Washingtonian]

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  • the time

    Yesterday, I posted this on a different City Desk post:

    Will there be any follow up on the car crashing into McDonald's in Adams Morgan? I know it was too juicy a story for our illustrious reporters to resist initially, but honestly, why hasn't one single follow up been conducted and reported to the neighborhood?

    So what about it Will? Do CP reporters just like to suck out the gooey center and not do any follow up?