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District Line Daily: Shooting Outside the Zoo

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Two men were shot outside the National Zoo on Connecticut Avenue at around 5:17 p.m Monday. Neither man is thought to be seriously injured. About 16,000 visitors went to the zoo yesterday for its annual Easter Monday event—a more-than-100-year-old Washington tradition. In 2000, seven people were shot at an entrance to the zoo on the day of this event and, three years ago, a teenager was stabbed in a fight at the zoo on Easter Monday.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard was found guilty Monday for assaulting a man on a D.C. sidewalk. Brown's trial was delayed until Wednesday as prosecutors determine whether to grant immunity to the bodyguard so he can testify.  [CNN]
  • The 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards were last night—and it was boozy. Here's a look at who took home awards at D.C.'s biggest night in theater. [Arts Desk]
  • Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos' net worth has already dropped $6.3 billion this year. But don't worry, the Amazon founder is still worth $29.7 billion. [WBJ]
  • The D.C. DMV will start issuing new licenses that meet new federally mandated security requirements on May 1. Here's everything you need to know about them. [City Desk]
  • Despite objections from Ralph Nader, a developer says he will soon break ground on the new West End Neighborhood Library site. [Washington Post]


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

The Final Picture: The financially strapped Filmfest D.C.'s 28th and likely last year kicked off this week with a line-up of more than 80 films over the next 10 days, including the opening-night selection of The Grand Seduction and the closing-night film The Bachelor Weekend. Read our guide of what to see and what to skip.

College Listserv News: Leaked emails allegedly show American University students part of a nonrecognized fraternity discussing rape and allegations of assault.

Whodunnit?
 Who gifted Walmart's D.C. lobbyist, David Wilmot, a Bentley?

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

  • Inspector General Charles Willoughby retires. [LLPost]
  • One of lobbyist David Wilmot's clients liked him enough to give him a Bentley. [LL]
  • Vince Gray administration tries to move budget autonomy lawsuit into federal court. [Post]
  • Two people shot at the National Zoo. [Times, WAMU]
  • Get ready to replace your District driver's license. [City DeskPost, WAMU]
  • Ralph Nader can't stop West End Library development. [Post]
  • Petula Dvorak: Homeless need affordable rents. [Post]
  • Charter board set to consider new schools today and tomorrow. [Post]
  • Post ed board backs HOT lanes. [Post]
  • Clinton library release has a little bit of Home Rule. [Post]

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

  • Over Ralph Nader's objections, construction to begin soon on new West End Library. [Post]
  • Full-page New Yorker ad promotes "DC Cool," featuring Le Diplomate. [@jbarro]
  • Bloomingdale home prices jump 20 percent. [UrbanTurf]
  • Fort Totten project will break ground this spring. [WBJ]
  • We've had more than enough public debate on the zoning update. [GGW]
  • Report finds most homeless Washingtonians face discrimination. [DCist]
  • D.C.'s preschools should do more to close the achievement gap. [GGE]
  • Today on the market: Dupont studio—$249,900

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C.'s last video rental store, Chevy Chase's Potomac Video, closes its doors. [DCist]
  • An interview with Avey Tare, a.k.a. Dave Portner, of Animal Collective and Slasher Flicks [BYT]
  • Listen to Typefighter's "Nancy Sinatra," from its debut album The End of Everything, out today. [USA Today]
  • Hyattsville-based electronic duo PLOY dropped a new single yesterday: "Friend of a Friend." [DC Music Download]
  • A profile of Gillian Lynne, the hardworking choreographer of Cats, whose latest project is the Shakespeare Theatre Company's The Imaginary Invalid [Post]

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

  • Confessions of a restaurant kleptomaniac [Food Riot]
  • Quench chef Ed Hardy creates the ultimate pot-themed brownie. [Food Republic]
  • Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier is planning a restaurant at Reagan National Airport. [Eater]
  • Nine farmer's market secrets from D.C. chefs [Zagat]
  • District Taco now open at 20th and M streets NW [PoPville]
  • D.C.'s honeybees need your help. [City Desk]
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