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With the D.C. Council at-large election set for tomorrow, candidate Elissa Silverman tried to convince rival Matthew Frumin to drop out of the race, the Washington Post reports. To sweeten the deal for Frumin, Silverman said she would support him in a Ward 3 run against Councilmember Mary Cheh.


  • Office of Campaign Finance launches inquiry into D.C. Council candidate Pat Mara's campaign. [Loose Lips]
  • Man shot in Southeast on Saturday. [Post]
  • Days after Fairfax teens plead guilty to disturb sex video, a new sexting case emerges in Prince George's County. [Post]
  • D.C. tourism up when the economy's down. [Examiner]
  • Smithsonian parking lot manager stole more than $1 million in parking fees. [Examiner]
  • Czechs: we're not Chechens! [WTOP]


Photo of the Day: Two Dogs.

Campaign Jams: D.C. Council candidate Perry Redd has made some pretty good songs.

Good Wood: Building Logan Circle's new Le Diplomate restaurant cost millions, but the wood still creaks.

Throw the Disc: Ultimate frisbee players who are being pushed out of their fields near the White House are asking first lady Michelle Obama for help.

Malfunction: D.C. tech gang ringleader Peter Corbett says Mayor Vince Gray's strategy to attract new tech investment is all wrong.

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

  • Elissa Silverman tries to get Matthew Frumin to drop out of race, unseat Mary Cheh. [Post]
  • Total bill of Jeff Thompson's mismanaged Medicaid MCO now potentially $85 million. [Post]
  • Tax office garnishes $2.5 million from unpaid tickets. [Examiner]Charter schools need money too. [Post]
  • Pharmacies should have interpreters, advocates say. [Examiner]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • An intellectual exercise in reimagining the Hoover Building [Post]
  • Fundrise is the No. 1 real estate crowdfunding venture. [Forbes]
  • Renters can expect a temporary reprieve from rising costs. [Post]
  • The state of the D.C.-area housing market, in questionable rap form. [HuffPostDC]
  • Inside an auction for a LeDroit Park rowhouse [UrbanTurf]
  • CityMarket at O update: Leasing office set to open in June, Giant in November. [CityMarket at O]
  • Three G Street NW buildings are getting razed for the invisible Armenian genocide museum. [WBJ]
  • City Paper's soon-to-be home, Franklin Square, was nearly turned into a parking lot. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Yet more McMillan renderings. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Rustic meets modern in Palisades

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • A third person pleads guilty in the Smithsonian parking lot theft. [Post]
  • Three buildings slated to be part of D.C.'s failing Armenian Genocide Museum will be razed. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Awesome Con D.C. did so well, organizers of the pop culture and comics convention say they'll bring it back next year. [Post]
  • Burlesque booker Melina Afzal talks about D.C.'s burlesque scene after Red Palace's closure. [Post]
  • How business owner Mike Franklin is helping Hyattsville, Md., become a creative destination. [Post]
  • Ever hang out at Tracks? Metro Weekly wants to hear your stories and recollections from the now-closed nightclub. [Metro Weekly]
  • Watch: D.C. pop artist Young Summer releases a video for her track "Fever Dream." [D.C. Music Download]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • The best spots for French fries [Eater]
  • Glen's Garden Market opens in Dupont with all local products. [Washingtonian]
  • Frozen food industry launching $50 million image campaign [NPR]
  • The 10 best brunches in D.C. [The Plate]
  • Table in Shaw launches brunch. [PoPville]
  • A look at El Fuego food truck [BYT]
  • The fastest way to caramelize garlic [NYT]

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  • Ward3

    Silverman hasn't taken a cent from corporations, PACs and lobbyists. And she is meeting this minor controversy with transparency. Instead of hiding behind a no comment, she released her emails w/ Frumin for the world to see. No campaign is without minor bumps in the road. It's what you do when you face those bumps that matter.

    Elissa just won my vote.