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Former Google executive and retired Navy SEAL Harry Wingo will replace Barbara Lang April 1 as president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. Lang has led the organization for 11 years.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • All the Maryland gubernatorial candidates agree that a new Purple Line light rail system must be built from Bethesda to New Carrollton. [WAMU]
  • The city may have selected a firm to redesign the MLK library, but it still hasn't decided whether it will be redesigned as a stand-alone library or as a mixed-use building with additional floors. [Housing Complex]
  • A D.C. judge ordered a psychological screening for a man accused of a staging a fall on a banana peel in a Metro station elevator and then suing the agency for injuries. [WJLA]
  • A jogger running down the bike path at Anacostia Park found a body in the river early this morning. [News4]

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

Modern Love: ICYMI, in our latest cover story, meet David Jameson—an architect who wants to make D.C. architecture an export. But first, he has to convince the world that D.C. buildings don't have to be ugly.

Bodega Bliss: What's your favorite D.C. neighborhood corner store? City Paper wants to know!

House of D.C.: Holly Twyford, a D.C. actress and director, talks about her powerful cameo in House of Cards.

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

  • Former Google exec Harry Wingo will replace Barbara Lang as head of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. [WBJ]
  • Andy Shallal's education white paper blames standardized testing focus for "war on teachers."
  • Mayoral hopefuls warn ministers about "war on churches," promise more parking. [LLPost]
  • Post ed board cautiously backs "ban the box" bill to help ex-offenders get jobs. [Post]
  • Vince Gray campaign trashes Post for article headline, calling Jack Evans "pallid." [LL]
  • Tommy Wells picks up former Gray staffer. [LL]
  • Activist Ron Moten and friends want a go-go voting bloc in April. [LL]
  • Gray and Evans head to New York to see bond rating agencies. [WJLA]
  • Office of Tax and Revenue closes chic restaurant over tax bill. [WBJ]

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

  • Tenants buy Columbia Heights apartment building through TOPA. [WBJ]
  • Mayoral candidates vow to end "war on parking" at churches. [LL]
  • A tour of Jack Evans' Georgetown home. [Post]
  • The Ward 6 Council candidates' views on affordable housing. [GGW]
  • D.C. is America's best city for female entrepreneurs. [NerdWallet]
  • Dupont mansion on track to become 92 furnished studios. [UrbanTurf]
  • Former Google executive takes over D.C. Chamber of Commerce. [Post]
  • Ward 8 greenhouse will supply local Giant stores with produce. [DCist]
  • Harriet Tregoning reflects on her time at the Office of Planning. [ElevationDC]
  • Today on the market: West End 2BR condo—$669,000

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

  • Architectural firm picked to redesign Martin Luther King Jr. Library. [Housing Complex]
  • The prez loves his HBO drama series. [Huffington Post]
  • Netflix is ramping up its lobbying efforts on the Hill. [CPI via Huffington Post]
  • Woolly Mammoth is like, "F a snowstorm." [Post]
  • A new book prize honors deceased Politics & Prose co-owner Carla Furstenberg Cohen. [Post]
  • Ron Moten releases a song/video that promises to fight for go-go venues. [Loose Lips]
  • House of Cards goes "full feminist," if by "feminist" you mean "sociopathic." [Slate]
  • Brightest Young Things to host an Environmental Film Festival kickoff party. [BYT]
  • D.C. Fashion Week: It's happening. [WJLA]
  • A guide to D.C.'s lesser-known monuments [Curbed]
  • The story of another Beatles-wannabe band from D.C. [Post]

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

  • Food businesses find an appetite for Bitcoin. [NPR]
  • The best mac and cheese in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Bryan Voltaggio talks about Aggio's first few days. [Eater]
  • District seizes shuttered Osteria Elisir for unpaid sales tax. [Post]
  • Chupacabra temporarily closes on H Street NE. [PoPville]
  • Bastille Restaurant expands to a larger space. [Washingtonian]
  • Fourteen mysteries from Chipotle's Hulu series solved [BuzzFeed]
  • What's your favorite corner store in D.C.? [City Desk]

 

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