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The search for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd continues as police released new photos Monday of the missing girl and the man she is believed to be with, Kahil Tatum, a janitor at the former D.C. General Hospital, now a city homeless shelter where Relisha was living. Police have an arrest warrant out for Tatum in the shooting death of his wife, whose body was found last Thursday in a Prince George's County hotel room. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the return of Relisha. The search now extends from Pennsylvania to Richmond.


  • A U.S. Department of Education reports says that D.C. education officials have failed to ensure that the city's lowest-performing schools are implementing federally mandated changes intended to narrow the achievement gap.  [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray's budget proposal includes $300 million for a new hospital in Ward 8 on the St. Elizabeths campus. [Post]
  • The Capitol Police chief defends her department in its decision to use force and shoot Miriam Carey, the woman who was shot and killed after a high-speed car chase with police that started at the White House and ended at the Capitol. [Roll Call]
  • Dan Snyder is sticking by his football team's racist name, but he plans to announce today a new organization that would give money and help Native Americans. [City Desk]


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.

Pissed Off: One D.C. man courageously documented the people who pissed in his alley on the way to ShamrockFest.

More Groceries: A sneak peak of the still-under-construction Petworth Safeway building.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • New Vince Gray budget will have $300 million for new hospital to replace United Medical Center. [Post]
  • Judge orders city to end rec-center homeless shelters. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Union, Muriel Bowser ads hit TV. [Post, LL]
  • And the Gray campaign launches an anti-Bowser site. [LL]
  • New report criticizes city over slow school improvements. [Post]
  • Gray pal Thomas Gore gets out of federal custody just in time for the primary. [LL]
  • Police publish new photos of missing girl and man who may have abducted her. [Post, Times]
  • Wells and Gray offer parking breaks for ministers. [LL]
  • New rules would make apartment buildings provide secure bike parking. [Post]
  • Campaigns buy up social media ads. [WAMU]
  • Gray donor files ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney Ron Machen. [LL]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips

  • The future 11th Street Bridge, designed by you. [Architect]
  • Vince Gray floats St. Elizabeths hospital to replace United Medical Center. [Post]
  • Housing in D.C. is more expensive than in all but one state, but not in the top 10 for metro areas. [NLIHC]
  • Just studying Vincent Orange's superdome proposal would cost $2 million. [DCist]
  • Bloomingdale tries to get neighbors to say "hi." [Bloomingdale]
  • Secure bike parking will be required in some buildings. [WBJ]
  • Changes coming to bus routes in Southeast D.C. [PlanItMetro]
  • Trinity Washington University looks to expand. [WBJ]
  • You'd have to work 137 hours a week at minimum wage to afford fair market rent in D.C. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Renovated rowhouse by Petworth Metro—$650,000

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

  • Christoph Eschenbach, the conductor of the Washington National Orchestra, signs on for another two years. [Post]
  • D.C. booker and ex-Gwar member Jim Thompson remembers Dave Brockie. [Bandwidth]
  • Listen to the new, extra-vibey Thievery Corporation album, Saudade. [NPR]
  • Bank of America donates a collection of photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe—plus $1 million—to the Museum of African American History and Culture. [Post]
  • Baby Bry Bry talks about his lo-fi pop. [D.C. Music Download]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • Sweetgreen is expanding to Los Angeles. [Eater]
  • Adam Express will stay open in Mount Pleasant [PoPville]
  • D.C.'s 10 must-try new brunches [Zagat]
  • How chef Erik Bruner-Yang won pork competition Cochon 555 [Post]
  • Drinking diary of Jack Rose Dining Saloon's Nahem Simon [BYT]
  • Le Sandwich opens in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • Comparing prices at 14th Street NW's Whole Foods and Trader Joe's [DCist]
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