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The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability alleged Thursday that D.C.'s top official at the Office of Administrative Hearings, Mary Oates Walker, steered a $43,000 city contract to move furniture to the agency's new offices to the husband of her business partner, hired that business partner for a city job, and then lied to investigators about it. The board alleged 19 counts of wrongdoing against Walker.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A Superior Court judge will decide today whether D.C. voters will elect an attorney general during the April primary. [DCist]
  • The family of the man who died in front of a fire station without receiving help says it wants the firefighters who did not respond to him to be fired. The family also called on the city to change a law that protects the city and its employees when they don't come to the aid of residents in need. [City Desk]
  • Big Chair Coffee and Grill, the first sit down restaurant in Anacostia, reopened in December. [Post]
  • A judge dismissed a lawsuit against Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham over a disputed Metro contract. [Loose Lips]

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

Busboys and Politics: ICYMI, our latest cover story is a profile of Andy Shallal, the owner of Busboys and Poets and a longshot mayoral candidate who's hoping his status as the outsider in the race can lead him to victoryor at the very least get people talking about the issues surrounding race and class in D.C.

Boozy Brunch: Here are six bottomless bargains in the District.

Vanilla City: According to some dubious rankings, D.C. ranks seventh on a list of cities that white people like most.

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

  • Agreement between Ron Machen and Irv Nathan reveals new details of federal investigation into settlement with Jeff Thompson's company [LL]
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit against Jim Graham [LLPost]
  • Relatives of the man who died near a fire station without receiving help say they haven't decided yet on suing. [WAMU, City Desk]
  • Muriel Bowser wins the Ward 4 straw poll, but not with enough votes to win the endorsement. [LLPost]
  • Ethics board accuses an administrative law judge of steering a city contract [Post]
  • In case you missed it: Andy Shallal, the District's outsider candidate [LL]
  • Post ed board: D.C. needs a better plan on the homeless. [Post]
  • Vince Gray wins public employee union endorsement [LL]
  • D.C.: popular with white people [City Desk]
  • Man charged in gay bar stabbing [Blade]
  • Big Chair Coffee is back. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX is on vacation through next week. (tips awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Lorde will headline Preakness InfieldFest. [Post]
  • Beatle hair: In 1964, uncool Washingtonians (and the Washington Post) hated it. Anyone surprised? [Post]
  • Eight things to know about The Beatles' first U.S. concert, which happened to take place here. [WBJ]
  • D.C. is America's most literate city, at least according to one ranking. [Post]
  • Brookland, rising arts district [East City Art]
  • An interview with the curators of the Smithsonian's "American Cool" show, which opens today [Post]
  • Warner Theatre to host BET Honors this weekend. [AP]
  • Here's what you missed at the Alvin Ailey after-party on Tuesday night. [Post]

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

  • Inside Busboy & Poets owner Andy Shallal's run for mayor [WCP]
  • The 11 best pasta dishes in D.C. [DCist]
  • Tuscana West near Franklin Square closes after 20 years. [WBJ]
  • Amsterdam Falafelshop expanding to L'Enfant Plaza. [Post]
  • Where to recreate that first date feeling [Zagat]
  • Rose’s Luxury chef and Lindera Farms Vinegar experiment with flavored vinegar. [Express]
  • Date spots to seal the deal [BYT]
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