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District Line Daily: Along Party Lines

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The District is one of a few remaining cities to hold partisan primaries in which voters are required to register with a party to vote. This decreases voter turnout, and ultimately means that, with the possibility that next month's mayoral primary could be won with less than 40 percent of the vote, a small slice of voters could decide the election.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the city must move people out of makeshift shelters for homeless families on the grounds that they denie children needed privacy. [Post]
  • Another article posing the question: Will D.C. elect its first white mayor? [Post]
  • D.C. street parking restrictions go back into effect today. [News4]
  • A Georgetown University student died while on spring break in the Dominican Republic. [Fox5]
  • A family filed a complaint with the police after they say responding cops did nothing about a street brawl in the Trinidad neighborhood. [Post]

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

Mappers' Delight: The Korean population in Northern Virginia has finally gotten politically organized. So why did they choose an obscure cartography issue as their first real battle? Read our latest cover story to find out.

Mayoral Power Rankings: With reports that a Jeff Thompson plea deal is on its way, Muriel Bowser tops the latest rankings.

Social Norms: How to argue about dog poop on your neighboorhood email list.

Do Not Enter: Members of the Glover Park ANC originally wanted to require that the dancers at Good Guys strip club only enter the club through its back door.

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

  • Post ed board wants Ron Machen to show what he's got. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells' campaign manager: "You're either running against the mayor or you're a well-funded Sulaimon Brown. [Post]
  • With mayoral primary closing in, the District is one of the last major cities without nonpartisan races. [AP]
  • Mayoral candidates struggle not to be seen as spoilers. [Post]
  • Andy Shallal puts out an "exit poll" showing him in second. [LL]
  • Muriel Bowser leads in the new Mayoral Power Rankings. [LL]
  • Gray falls short of Gertrude Stein Democratic Club endorsement. [LL]
  • Police accused of nonchalant reaction to huge brawl in Trinidad. [Post]
  • Three people injured in Metro fights. [Post]
  • Winter causes natural gas prices to jump. [Times]
  • Chevy Chase residents organize to save old house. [WTOP]
  • How to solve bus problem on 16th Street NW? [Post]

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

  • Judge orders city to move homeless families from rec centers. [Post]
  • Windowless hotel rooms under Dupont Circle? [WBJ]
  • This is what the installation at Chuck Brown Park will look like. [Arts Desk]
  • Get ready for The Wharf. [Post]
  • But first, one last homage to the Southwest Waterfront as it is today. [Post]
  • What good are expensive micro-units? [UrbanTurf]
  • Old Georgetown Board rejects design for Exxon condo development. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Two-level Columbia Heights condos—$479,900

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer. (tips? jfischer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. DIY space The Dugout goes semipro. [Bandwidth]
  • A product buyer for Virginia's CD Cellar talks shop. [The Media]
  • Lots and lots of reviews from the Kennedy Center's World Stages theater festival. [Post]
  • Fort Reno application season has begun. [D.C. Music Download]
  • WaPo op-ed: Ditch Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial design. [Post]
  • A photo essay on D.C. concerts, by blind smartphone photographer/ubiquitous D.C. showgoer Ahmad Zaghal [The Media]

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

  • The 10 best breakfast sandwiches around D.C. [The Plate]
  • Meet the guy who designed the new nutrition label. [Politico]
  • District Taco closes its taco carts to focus on restaurants. [WBJ]
  • Best venue food in D.C. [BYT]
  • Pharmacy Bar in Adams Morgan is for sale. [DCist]
  • Rogue 24 chef RJ Cooper’s favorite things [Washingtonian]
  • Where the $20 diner ate in his first year, by neighborhood [Post]
  • Photo by Jessica Sidman
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