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More than 4,000 Pepco customers lost power Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the utility company had to repair a failed substation that also left thousands without electricity. It's not clear whether the failures are related.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Police found the body of Michael Kingsbury, the 7-year-old boy who went missing from his Trinidad home Sunday. [City Desk]
  • Restaurant owner Tony Cheng and his son pleaded not guilty to bribery charges Monday. The duo was charged with running a scheme to circumvent the city's moratorium on new taxis. [Washington Times]
  • D.C. will likely see less traffic and fewer Metro riders as sequester-mandated furloughs start to come into effect. [WTOP]
  • About a dozen protesters rallied in front of the Wilson Building Monday to support embattled fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe. [Loose Lips]
  • When it comes to maintaining electronic medical records, D.C. doctors are among the worst in the nation. [WJLA]

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

Lessons Learned: The botched plans for the Temple Courts housing complex show that development projects must do a better job minimizing medium-term displacement.

No Foie Gras Here: At his new restaurant Casa Luca, Fabio Trabbocchi is cooking the rustic Italian dishes he's always dreamed of.

Back in the Headlines: It's been a slow news week for alleged shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson, with no new straw donors coming out of the woodworks. Instead, his former accounting firm sold off part of its business.

One Man, One Photo: The Smithsonian's American photography exhibition, "A Democracy of Images," includes a range of works from both household names and obscure but worthwhile artists.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Phil Mendelson really doesn't want the primary to be on April Fool's Day. [Post]
  • Chinatown restauranteur Tony Cheng and his son plead not guilty to bribery charges. [TimesPost]
  • Between six and eight candidates remain in the search to replace CFO Natwar Gandhi. [Post]
  • The Donald Trump-ified Old Post Office isn't Trump enough yet. [WBJ]
  • Whoever gets the CFO job is in line for a raise. [WBJ]
  • The shotgun I loaded in Freedom Plaza was real, insists sad man. [DCist]
  • DC Water water: safe enough to drink, safe enough for pipes. [WBJ]

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

  • Post once again editorializes against the living wage bill. [Post]
  • First and H Walmart development is up for sale. [WBJ]
  • One of the potential Walter Reed developers wants popular input on what should go there. [UrbanTurf]
  • Spingarn streetcar barn moving right along. [WTOP]
  • Metro picks a PR battle it can't win. [Post]
  • Bozzuto will manage CityCenterDC apartments. [WBJ]
  • Violence hits home in Hill East. [Hill Rag]
  • Details on the Trump hotel [WBJ]
  • Pepco customers around Shaw get a blackout double whammy. [DCist]
  • Class A rents are actually falling in parts of D.C. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: A castle

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

  • The Newseum is slowly bleeding money. [AP via Post]
  • Tabi Bonney lends his voice to a D.C. tourism promo. [Post]
  • Awesome Con meets its Kickstarter goal. [ComicsDC]
  • The Washington Monument will be a light show for the next year. [AP via WJLA]
  • Alexander Calder's "Gwenfritz" statue at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW disassembled and carted off for a facelift. [Post]

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

  • This guy insults D.C. pizza and sub sandwiches. [NYTimes]
  • Where the guy who insults D.C. pizza should get pizza. [Post]
  • Where the guy who insults D.C. subs should get subs. [DCist]
  • Frozen yogurt invades Falls Church. [Eater]
  • Happy hours for day drinkers [Girl Meets Food]
  • Try the naan pizza at Spice 6. [HuffPost]
  • D.C.'s not the only city with a shortage of experienced cooks; New York, too. [NPR]
  • Eight restaurants to try while everyone is out of town [Zagat]
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