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Residents of more than 70 cities across the country, ranging from Albany to Tampa, can visit msn.com’s popular Citysearch feature to glean critical information about local hot spots. But those interested in the District of Columbia’s best first-date spot, or best celebrity-frequented spa, should brace themselves. Not only did D.C. fail to make Citysearch’s list of 20 “Popular Cities,” or even 50 “More Cities,” but the purported D.C.-area links lead to options for just about every major city but D.C. “It’s sort of a glitch in the way that we program nationally,”

says Eric Jaffe, Citysearch public-relations manager. Jaffe has received several

e-mails about the goof from puzzled

Washingtonians. —Bidisha Banerjee