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District Line Daily: Party’s Over at the Airports Board

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New policies could cut into the perks of executives at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority—which, until now, have included comped oyster platters and Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • District set to file a RICO lawsuit against contractors involved in city's troubled CBE contracting scheme. [Loose Lips]
  • No surprise here: D.C. area rents outpacing the rest of the country. [Examiner]
  • Emancipation Day parade continues under heightened security. [Times]
  • Chevy Chase landlord pleads guilty to recording tenants. [Post]
  • Metro car blown up for good. [Examiner]

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

Photos of the Day: Cherry Blossom Parade.

Gin Rickey Weather: D.C. liquor Green Hat Gin is out with a spring and summer version.

Clean Your Plate: The Broccoli City Festival is for people who like hip-hop, and also should eat their vegetables.

Taking Over: An Adams Morgan building is getting a little closer to becoming the city's first tenant-owned rooming house.

Rats, Foiled Again: The wholesale produce store whose health inspection inspired intervention from Councilmember Vincent Orange is in trouble again.

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

  • Elissa Silverman releases her tax returns as promised, challenges other candidates to do the same. [Post]
  • Fire trucks fail inspection. [Fox5]
  • Pat Mara has most cash to spend in homestretch. [Examiner]
  • Fake Silverman twitter account leads to confrontation between candidate and activist. [@timcraigpost]
  • Pols enjoy Emancipation Day parade. [NBC4]
  • D.C. not prepared for Boston-like emergency, says former homeland security boss. [WTOP]
  • Race matters in D.C. politics. [Examiner]

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

  • Apparently the term "master bedroom" is no longer politically correct. [WBJ]
  • Get ready for a world without trash cans. [Atlantic Cities]
  • It's already happening on Capitol Hill. [DCist]
  • Possibly the world's most expensive windowless apartments ready for May move-in. [UrbanTurf]
  • Vincent Orange's favorite grocery store has rat trouble again. [City Desk]
  • Peeping Chevy Chase landlord pleads guilty. [Post]
  • Sequestration takes its toll, this time on Smithsonian galleries. [DCist]
  • Something tells me this won't go over well: Turn traffic lights red whenever someone speeds. [GGW]
  • Get on your bike and ride, Yvette Alexander! [WashCycle]
  • Today on the market: Cozy rowhouse by Potomac Ave

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

  • In addition to the Smithsonian cutting its hours, sequestration may also force the National Archives to keep regular hours (instead of extended hours) this summer. [Post]
  • Washington Post critic Phil Kennicott blogs about winning the Pulitzer the day of the Boston Marathon bombing. [Philip Kennicott]
  • Take a look at the 2013 D.C. Design House. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Darkest Hour bags a new drummer. [Revolver]
  • All Things Go premiere's Middle Distance Runner's "Cherry Blossom Bop." [All Things Go]

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

  • D.C.'s most stylish restaurant folks [Refinery 29]
  • The best new burgers in town [Eater]
  • Eight must-try veggie-centric dishes [Zagat]
  • Hill Country Barbecue will serve smoked meat on the lawn of the National Building Museum. [Post]
  • Restaurant Association of Maryland honors best restaurants [Bethesda Mag]
  • Five things to try at Mothership [Girl Meets Food]

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