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Exelon Corp., the largest U.S. nuclear operator, agreed to purchase Pepco for $6.8 billion in cash, according to Bloomberg News. Pepco, or Potomac Electric Power Co, is the electric service provider to the D.C. area—not long ago, it was named the most hated company in America.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Today is the absolute last day to sign up for health insurance in the District. [News4]
  • The average DC Water monthly bill could increase by 12 percent starting Oct. 1, 2014. [SALM]
  • The D.C. Council is holding a hearing this morning on the controversial CSX rail tunnel that runs through D.C. Specifically, the council is weighing a resolution to ask the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold a hearing on the proposal. [Post]
  • The new director of the District Department of Transportation wants the D.C. Council to approve Circulator fare hikes. [Post]


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

The Great Divide: The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design is expected to essentially dissolve itself this spring. In our latest cover story, Kriston Capps poses 22 questions (and answers them) that the institution should address before it hands over the art collection and some museum space to the National Gallery of Art and the college and building to George Washington University.

What's That, You Say? The D.C. government's noise-fighting task force has released the results of its first six weeks of making announced visits at bars. Here are the five noisiest bars it found.

Pour One Out: Capitol Hill's The Pour House closed last night after 11 years.

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

  • Adios, Pepco. Exelon's buying the utility company for $6.8 billion. [Bloomberg]
  • Election officials change their story on what caused primary results delays. [Post]
  • Charter school at center of alleged self-dealing scheme will stay open. [Post]
  • More on the Height Act change. [Housing Complex]
  • Council hearing on Southeast CSX tunnel set for today. [Post]
  • Shooting near Capitol Hill school blamed on grudge. [Post]
  • DDOT considering Circulator hike. [Post]
  • D.C. considering extending the streetcar to National Harbor. [WBJ]
  • D.C.'s top biking and running routes. [Housing Complex]
  • Hospitality-themed charter school will become a regular public school. [Post]
  • 30-year-old man charged with shooting outside Howard U. [Post]

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

  • An (allegedly) infallible way for roommates to pick rooms and set rent. [NYT]
  • A profile of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts [NPR]
  • D.C. is the best city for recent college grads. [NerdWallet]
  • Georgetown ANC opposes plan to turn church into housing. [UrbanTurf]
  • Your water bill will go up by around 12 percent this year. [SALM]
  • A visit to D.C.'s actual last video store. [City Desk]
  • A self-driving Google car is honing its skills in D.C. [DCist]
  • Cold winter means many more potholes for DDOT to repair. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Petite Capitol Hill rowhouse—$489,000

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

  • "Sadness Town," a new live podcast recorded at Bier Baron Tavern, juxtaposes embarrassing stories from our teenage years with covers of Linkin Park and Nickelback. [Arts Desk]
  • Contrary to other reports, Potomac Video was not D.C.'s last video rental store. That'd be Woodner Video in Mount Pleasant. [City Desk]
  • A catch-up interview with the Fordists [D.C. Music Download]
  • Al Roker will host the Washington Monument's reopening ceremony on May 12. [DCist]
  • Don't count Filmfest DC out just yet—the organizers of the festival (which just celebrated what was supposed to be its last go-round) are holding an open meeting to discuss fundraising options for the future. [DCist]
  • A profile of Caboose the Fierce Nuisance, Shakespeare Theatre's prop shop cat [Post]
  • Guess the rock-band name from the pictograph. [Fast Company]

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

  • D.C. chefs and restaurateurs name their favorite tacos. [Zagat]
  • Behold, a taco made entirely of pork at El Rey. [Washingtonian]
  • A guide to local farmers' markets [BYT]
  • Amsterdam Falafelshop coming to Clarendon. [Eater]
  • Rebellion opening in May in former Mum Mum space. [PoPville]
  • Behind Carla Hall's new cookbook [Post]
  • Dunkin' Donuts coming to Ballston. [ARLnow]

 

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