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This week’s cover story explores what D.C. restaurants mean to George Pelecanos and his characters. “If these places go away, a city loses its character,” Pelecanos says. “When all you get is Chipotle, you might as well be living in Dallas.”


  • Police say that Marion Barry’s son Christopher—who is running for his father’s Council seat—threatened a bank teller and destroyed a security camera on Tuesday. [Loose Lips]
  • Official records confirm the accounts of passengers who said they waited more than a half-hour for firefighters to arrive to their smoke-filled Metro train on Monday. [Post]
  • The family of Carol Glover, who was killed in the smoke incident on Metro, has raised more than $12,000 for funeral costs and other expenses. [NBC4]
  • Passengers who were trapped in the train are suing. [NBC4]


It Is Delivery: What’s behind the growth of food delivery services in D.C.?

Yes, Ivy City: The unlikely revival of the Hecht site in Ivy City continues, as BicycleSPACE plans a new location there.

Turning Wine Into Whiskey: A wine bar at the W Hotel is becoming a whiskey bar, opening today.

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

  • Christopher Barry, Marion Barry‘s son, investigated after allegedly going berserk in bank. [LL, NBC4WAMUPost]
  • The Ward 8 race is a weird mix of the past 30 years of District politics. [LL]
  • Vincent OrangeJack Evans struggle to take over the economic development portfolio. [LL]
  • How Muriel Bowser went from keeping schools open to running them on a two-hour weather delay, all in less than 15 minutes. [Post]
  • Post ed board blasts tight-lipped response from Bowser on Metro. [Post]
  • Bowser administration timeline of the District’s response to Metro accident. [Post]
  • Fire radios reportedly didn’t work underground during Metro response. [WTOP]
  • Mary Cheh introduces bill allowing physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill. [Times]

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

  • Mapping the diversity of D.C.’s neighborhoods. [R.U. Seriousing Me?]
  • For sale: D.C.’s most valuable vacant lot? [WBJ]
  • Get ready for lawsuits over Monday’s Metro incident. [WJLA]
  • D.C. business leader: Metro’s underfunded, but don’t blame that for the incident. [WBJ]
  • President Lincoln’s Cottage goes 3-D. [Post]
  • Buy a Georgetown building, support the Corcoran. [WBJ]
  • Why the streetcar through Georgetown should run on the Whitehurst. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Today on the market: Forest Hills 1BR—-$369,000

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

  • Come to our Fiction Issue reading this Sunday at Kramerbooks! [Arts Desk]
  • Ex Hex‘s Rips lands at No. 11 on the Pazz & Jop list of the year’s best albums, as voted by music critics nationwide. [Village Voice]
  • The DC Public Library will teach you to avoid the NSA. [Motherboard]
  • The T Party’s Natsu Onoda Power on the joys and challenges of creating transgender theater [Arts Desk]
  • Ian MacKaye says more things about punk. [Billboard]
  • Wanna buy a copy of the latest Charlie Hebdo in D.C.? Good luck for now… [DCist]
  • …but you can see the cover at the Newseum… [WTOP]
  • …and score yourself a copy, probably, next week. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. is a conservative town—-you’d never guess it was home to a vibrant punk scene! [BBC]
  • What up-and-coming lounge-pop act Kali Uchis took on her move from Virginia to L.A. [Washingtonian]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 16 places to eat carnitas in D.C. during Chipotle‘s pork shortage. [Eater]
  • J ‘n G Tavern coming to Upshur Street NW from owners of Bar Charley and El Chucho. [PoPville]
  • We lie about what we eat, and it’s messing up science. [NPR]
  • Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong cut ties with the Majestic. [Post]
  • Seven new must-hit brunches in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Five tips for Restaurant Week [Washingtonian]
  • Seattle’s Mod Pizza is coming to Silver Spring. [WBJ]