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The mayor's race between Muriel Bowser and David Catania is underway, with the Catania campaign distributing fliers east of the river—an area that the Democratic nominee says she'll focus on if elected—saying that Bowser is too closely linked to former mayor Adrian Fenty.


  • The number of people biking in the city is increasing, and D.C. needs more bike racks. [Post]
  • D.C. provides the best access and funding to public preschool programs in the country, according to a new report. [News4]
  • But still, 13 DCPS preschool programs, largely in affluent neighborhoods in Northwest and Capitol Hill, have more than 200 names on their waiting lists. There are seven other programs, mostly in wards 7 or 8, that still have 70 percent or more of their seats available. [Greater Greater Education]
  • The disciplinary hearing for one of the D.C. firefighters accused of not coming to the aid of a dying elderly man outside a fire station has been postponed. [WAMU]


Dream On: This month marks the 20th anniversary of D.C.'s most enduring book about itself, Dream City. Our latest cover story is an oral history of the volume, which chronicles D.C. from the promise of Home Rule and civil rights in the early 1970s to the waves of crack cocaine and violence in the 1980s.

Headquarters Tale: The Shakespeare Theatre Company will soon consolidate its scattered administrative headquarters, costume and prop shops, rehearsal spaces, and educational facilities in a new theater center at 6th and I streets SW.

The Last Meal: The Shaw location of Burmese restaurant Mandalay will close after Thursday.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • David Catania campaign pushes Muriel Bowser "puppet" lit in Wards 7 and 8. [Post]
  • U.S. Attorney's Office strikes lenient tone on marijuana decriminalization. [Post]
  • Half of WCP's CBE fraud story is sued by the District. [LL]
  • Marion Barry accuses just about everyone who's written about him of exploiting him. [WAMU, LL]
  • Medric Mills death hearing postponed. [Post]
  • Nurses rally in front of the Wilson Building. [WBJ]
  • Council hearing takes up regulation for cabs and their competitors. [Post]
  • Post ed board backs cameras on cops. [Post]
  • Washington Monument reopens after earthquake damage. [Times]
  • Shakespeare Theatre plans new offices in Southwest. [Housing Complex]
  • "Nightlife Noise Nannies Discover Decibel Democracy." [Blade]
  • 1776 tech incubator founders want a tech fund. [WBJ]
  • Woman robbed, then sexually assaulted in Adams Morgan. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips?

  • D.C. needs lots more bike racks to keep up with demand. [Express]
  • City sues contractor for CBE fraud. [LL]
  • Driver aggressively cuts off cyclist and throws bike; cyclist gets ticket. [GGW]
  • Circuit issue could further delay Silver Line. [WBJ]
  • Curbs likely coming to cycletracks on Pennsylvania Avenue and elsewhere. [WABA]
  • A foreclosed neighbor can bring down not only your property value but your health. [Post]
  • Adams Morgan hotel takes a small step forward. [WBJ]
  • City to close 7th Street SE block on weekends for Hine lot vendors. [Hill Rag]
  • Today on the market: Cleveland Park condo with loft—$435,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • The Newseum's "One Nation with News for All" exhibit chronicles the history of immigrant and minority news publications. [Post]
  • The Washington Monument's about to reopen. [DCist]
  • CityDance's DREAMscape Gala was high on talent and dancers of color. [Post]
  • A Q&A with Adam Friedland before the last night of Funny Moms [Arts Desk]
  • Michelle Obama's best scripted TV spots [PostTV]
  • Sweetlife was kinda bland. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • Five must-try new lunch options [Zagat]
  • Is Tom Sietsema's bad review running La Tagliatella out of town? [WBJ]
  • &pizza opens in Bethesda. [Washingtonian]
  • Nicecream Factory now open in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • Taste test of the chef bar at Alba Osteria. [BYT]
  • New jazz lounge and Jamaican restaurant coming to Petworth. [PoPville]
  • Z-Burger founder launches Z-Sandwich in Tenleytown. [Eater]
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  • Brahmin

    Regarding Catania.

    That is a pretty tacky lit drop, but he seems to have the wind at his back.

    Every other day, I see a new meet and greet invitation from some Democrat supporting him. I want to vote for Muriel but it appears two things have occurred:

    She has stopped campaigning actively.
    And if you ask a question about qualifications her (or her surrogates) response is how dare chauvinist, racist hater.

    So although Catania is down in the polls with this much momentum looks a little bit like the little engine that could.


    My question for the Washington City Paper is this: where is the majority of the school age population living in the city. It is one thing to say that the number of preschools spaces are open in Ward 7/8 and full Wards in NW. But if there are more children in these wards than ward 7/8 it could be a question of population. And small children aren't expected to go very far.

    Answer that question along with your analysis and I can draw a better conclusion.