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District Line Daily: Bowser Ousts The Mayor

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Come 2015, Mayor Vince Gray will definitely not be the mayor of D.C. Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser decisively beat the embattled incumbent, though the Gray campaign says that's only because of the bad timing of the Jeff Thompson indictment that came out in March. Check out our dispatches last night from the election parties of Gray,  Tommy Wells, Jack Evans, and Andy Shallal. And make sure to check out all of our other coverage throughout election day on the Loose Lips blog.


  • The other big race of the night was the Ward 1 council race, in which Brianne Nadeau beat longtime incumbent Jim Graham. In Ward 6, Charles Allen beat Darrel Thompson. [Loose Lips]
  • Police say they will be done searching the 700-acre Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Northeast D.C for the body of Relisha Rudd. Chief Cathy Lanier says the missing girl could still be alive and the search will continue even after officials finish combing through the park. [City Desk]
  • There were 370,000 voters eligible to vote in yesterday's primary, but only a small fraction actually showed up to the polls. [Washington Post]
  • Councilmember David Catania introduced legislation Tuesday that would provide students in special education programs additional services, like requiring that they be evaluated within 60 days, instead of 120. [WAMU]


Muriel's Vetting: Want to learn more about the Democrat mayoral nominee? Read our profile from last year on Muriel Bowser.

Taxi Tales: Cab customers file a whole lot of complaints against their drivers. Here's a round up of some of the best ones, including a complaint from one drunk guy who says his cab driver kidnapped him for three hours.

Newspaper News: The Washington Post signed a letter of intent to take over a large building at 1301 K St. NW, on the north side of Franklin Square—just blocks away from its current office.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Muriel Bowser beats Vince Gray in a low-turnout mayoral primary. [LLPost, LL, LL, DCist, WAMUWashingtonian, CNN, Al JazeeraTimes, WAMUPost]
  • Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies blames U.S. Attorney Ron Machen. [LL]
  • Bowser plans noon press conference at the National Press Club. [Twitter]
  • Ward 1 councilmember Jim Graham ousted by Brianne Nadeau. [LLBlade]
  • At-large councilmember Anita Bonds holds on to her seat, Tommy Wells protege Charles Allen replaces him in Ward 6. [Post]
  • Here's why the vote count took forever. [PostPost]
  • Gray party doesn't draw a crowd. [LL]
  • Everything else that happened yesterday. [LL]
  • How sole remaining Bowser opponent David Catania spent his election day. [Post]
  • Don't trick Wells supporters. [LL]
  • Post ed board spikes the football. [Post]
  • Jeff Bezos-era Post signs letter of intent to move to Franklin Square. [Housing Complex]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips?

  • Here's everything that happened in election news after your bedtime. [LL]
  • A map of the results shows just how divided D.C. remains. [Post]
  • Why's CaBi more successful than Citi Bike? It's a question of profit. [Post]
  • 14th Street NW funeral home to become condos. [WBJ]
  • Use of protected cycletracks is growing much faster than biking overall. [Streetsblog]
  • What we can tell about Washingtonians from their shopping carts. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Bloomingdale condo—$379,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • Thirty years after Marvin Gaye's death, his sister discusses his legacy. [Ebony]
  • A look back at the original 1961 plans for the soon-to-be-redesigned MLK Library [Architect]
  • Wale and a heckler exchanged punches (or pushes, or, at the very least, really mean looks) at a WWE match at the Verizon Center. [Post]
  • An interview with Virginia rapper GoldLink, who dropped his first long mixtape yesterday [WAMU]
  • To promote their new album, Saudade, Thievery Corporation answered questions from fans in a reddit AMA. [reddit]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • Chef John Critchley leaves Bourbon Steak. [Post]
  • Ton Ton Chicken opening downtown April 7. [PoPville]
  • D.C. restaurants pull April Fools' Day pranks. [Eater]
  • Eight restaurants to try in Bethesda (other than Jaleo) [Zagat]
  • Recap of Taste of the Nation event [BYT]
  • Yayla Bistro now open in East Falls Church. [NoVa Mag]
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  • Typical DC BS

    Thank GOD that Miss Graham lost. That made my evening.