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Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser is tied with Mayor Vince Gray with 27 percent of the vote in the mayoral race two weeks before the primary, according to a new poll of likely Democratic voters commissioned by Washington City Paper and WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show.


  • Mayor Vince Gray says he will not leave office to fight charges if he is indicted by federal prosecutors. [Post]
  • Police are still searching for a missing D.C. girl. They believe she is with the janitor who worked at the homeless shelter she lived in with her mother and say he could be armed and dangerous. [WJLA]
  • The Washington Monument is expected to reopen sometime in May. [AP]
  • Construction and sales of single-family houses, condos, and townhouses are on the rise in the D.C. area. [Washington Post]


The Education Issue: Our latest issue focuses on higher education in D.C. Find out why UDC decided to save its athletics department, how student-veterans are adjusting to life in D.C. colleges, and the latest in GWU's real estate adventures.

Mall Cop: Will the Smithsonian's next leader, David Skorton, be able to balance science, technology and the arts?

No Way José: GW announced that D.C. celebrity chef José Andrés is its 2014 commencement speaker—and GW students are not impressed.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Muriel Bowser and Vince Gray are tied at 27 percent in new WCP/Kojo poll. [WAMU, LL]
  • Also: Voters find Jeff Thompson more believable than Gray. [LL]
  • Gray says he won't leave office if he's indicted. [LLPost]
  • Current endorses John Settles in the at-large race. [Current PDF, p. 6]
  • Andy Shallal lands endorsement from controversial Rev. Willie Wilson. [Times]
  • Searchers continue to look for missing girl. [WTOP, WAMUPostPost]
  • U Street NW bar delighted by Fred Phelps' death. [Times]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips shows dead heat in mayor's race. [LL]

  • Feds reject D.C.'s bid for $30 million to rehab Kenilworth Courts and Parkside Addition. [Post]
  • What the hunt for a D.C. charter school says about inequality. [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C.'s 12 richest neighborhoods. [Curbed]
  • Jon Huntsman moves from Kalorama to Fred Thompson's McLean house. [WBJ]
  • Washington Monument set to reopen in May. [AP]
  • Today on the market: Hill rowhouse—$659,000

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer. (tips?

  • A group going to D.C.'s upcoming Awesome Con hopes to break the world record for most cosplayers in one room. [DCist]
  • New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright leaned on is journalist side to write Camp David, coming to Arena Stage [Washingtonian]
  • The Washington Post's Best D.C. Monument bracket [Going Out Guide]
  • A Splendid Wake keeps D.C.'s cultural history alive. [Style Blog]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • The 10 hottest bars in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Where to get breakfast (not brunch) [BYT]
  • Bombay Curry Club to reopen in Del Rey. [NoVa Mag]
  • Chef José Andrés will deliver the George Washington University commencement speech. [In The Capital]
  • Eight pizza joints for people who don't like pizza [Eater]
  • Las Placitas opening second restaurant at 4724 14th St. NW. [PoPville]
  • Tyber Bierhaus opens in Bethesda. [Post]
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