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District Line Daily: Michael Brown Drops Out

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The D.C. Council at-large election is still 20 days away, but the race is already over for former councilmember Michael Brown, who ended his campaign last night. Brown, who says he's quitting over "very important personal and family matters," won't make an endorsement.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • More on Brown's exit. [Post]
  • Marion Barry hospitalized. [WJLA]
  • Almost a quarter of D.C. police cars should be retired, according to department rules. [Post]
  • Carjacking and stabbing in D.C. [WJLA]

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Cost-Cutting: Facing what its president describes as a "significant budget challenge," Howard University is cutting some employees' salaries and savings plan contributions.

Steamed: The self-appointed Washington Post ombudsman takes on the question of whether the Post and the Associated Press ran a misleading photo.

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

  • Marion Barry in hospital for low-blood sugar, says he'll be OK. [Post]
  • MPD's squad cars need replacing. [Examiner]
  • DGS looking to buy a lot of wind power. [WBJ]
  • Lead paint still a problem in D.C. [Examiner]
  • D.C. detective steals brother's identity, ordered to seek treatment for gambling problem. [Examiner]

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

  • In defense of pop-ups, Dutch-style. [BeyondDC]
  • Bikeshare's getting bigger. [Post]
  • A new wind farm is likely to be built in Pennsylvania or Virginia to serve the D.C. government. [WBJ]
  • D.C. is the tick capital of America. [WTOP]
  • Investors are gobbling up cheap houses in Prince George's County. [Post]
  • Rhode Island Avenue NW gets a swanky new barber shop ... from hell! [UrbanTurf]
  • A debate on the Height Act [Elevation DC]
  • Deadly Florida Avenue NE needs wider sidewalks. [GGW]
  • Learn the history of Columbia Heights tonight. [New Columbia Heights]
  • Today on the market: Benning rowhouse

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

  • Maryland House of Delegates approves tripling the state's film production tax credit for two more years. [WJLA]
  • D.C.'s Humanities Council offers a new $10,000 Soul of the City grant. [Humanities Council]
  • Theater J's 2013-14 season includes several plays by women playwrights. [Post]
  • Michelle Obama adores Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. [Post]
  • Hollywood loves to destroy Washington. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Raheem DeVaughn to headline D.C. Love Festival on May 11. [Art 202]

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

  • Where to find Wi-Fi and good food [Eater]
  • A complete list of restaurants coming to H Street NE [District Cuisine]
  • Five-hundred-seat restaurant coming to 15th and H Streets NW. [WBJ]
  • Dishes to try at Daikaya [Post]
  • Capitol Prague restaurant coming to Georgetown. [PoPville]
  • $2 mint juleps at the Willard's Round Robin Bar on April 4. [DCist]

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