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In this week’s cover story, Aaron Wiener examines what it would take to transform the struggling and underenrolled Roosevelt High School in the now-booming Petworth neighborhood.


  • Bryan Weaver will drop out of the Ward 1 primary, leaving challenger Brianne Nadeau to face off against incumbent Jim Graham alone on April 1. Weaver will instead run as an independent in the general election. [Loose Lips]
  • The problem is rampant: Why can’t people stop stealing from D.C. restaurants? [Young & Hungry]
  • A judge ruled thatDennis Sobin can continue to post photos of people on his registry of people that register sex offenders or are in favor of registering sex offenders. [Post]
  • The city will launch an investigation to determine why D.C. firefighters did not immediately come to the aid of an elderly man who collapsed in front of a fire station and later died. [City Desk]


You’re Fired: A dispatch from the souvenir shops in the Old Post Office Pavilion, which are closing this week to make way for a Trump luxury hotel.

Tommy 2.0: Who will be the next Tommy Wells in Ward 6? A look at the council race to replace him between former Wells chief of staff Charles Allen and former Harry Reid aide Darrel Thompson.

Post Ezra: The Washington Post announced its ambitious plans for 2014, which includes more bloggers and an expanded Sunday magazine.

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

  • Jim Graham faces just one Ward 1 primary challenger after Bryan Weaver leaves for the general. [LLPost]
  • Can Tommy Wells‘ heir hang on to his Ward 6 seat? [LL]
  • Fire department investigating man’s death near fire station. [WTOPPost]
  • Hedged WUSA9 article predicts charges against Jeff Thompson could come by next week. [WUSA9]
  • Vincent Orange campaign goes big with 40,000-copy mailer. [LL]
  • Gay activist Peter Rosenstein backs Vince Gray, despite shadow campaign worries. [Blade]
  • Post ed board: Where’s the love for D.C. statehood, Barack Obama? [Post]
  • Confusing anti-gentrification ad features Gray, planning boss Harriet Tregoning. [PopVille]
  • Vote for D.C.’s best local scandal. [LL]
  • Hill Rag takes a tongue-in-cheek look at an Andy Shallal administration. [Hill Rag]
  • Souvenir shops get the boot from Donald Trump‘s Old Post Office. [City Desk]
  • Metro boss defends system on Kojo. [WAMU]

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

  • Can a booming Petworth help revive a foundering Roosevelt High School? [WCP]
  • Republicans are not happy about the pricey proposed renovation to the CFPB building. [WBJ]
  • The housing market doesn’t look very bubbly. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Parking meters on the Mall will fund new Circulator route. [GGW]
  • D.C. launches job training program. [WJLA]
  • H Street is not the Williamsburg of D.C. [City Desk]
  • Technology could help drivers hit one green light after another. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Wesley Heights 2BR—$399,900

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • To save the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building, a very special donor is needed. [WBJ]
  • Maxmillion Dunbar has a new EP on the way. [Ad Hoc]
  • CBS orders a pilot for a show possibly based on Hillary Clinton‘s time as Secretary of State. [Post]
  • The son of BET founders Bob and Sheila Johnson has his own fashion line. [Post]
  • A look at the tapas exhibit on view at the former residence of the Spanish ambassador [Post]
  • Remember when Georgetown used to have a bunch of record stores? [DCist]
  • The innards of Petworth’s Paperhaus, explored. [BYT]
  • RIP Lee Reynolds of Cap’n Tugg. [Post]
  • ICYMI: Voting is open for the 28th annual Wammies. [WAMA]

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

  • The best places for karaoke in D.C. [DCist]
  • Wannabe restaurateurs will compete Restaurant Wars-style for a Ballston lease and loan. [WBJ]
  • Indian Delight among the vendors closing as Donald Trump takes over the Old Post Office Pavilion. [City Desk]
  • Restaurants to look forward to in 2014 [Washingtonian]
  • Former Jaleo chef will oversee the menu at upcoming Compass Rose. [Eater]
  • The least douchey bars for watching the Super Bowl [BYT]
  • Umaya Japanese restaurant coming downtown from the owners of Cafe Asia. [PoPville]
  • Former Range chef de cuisine Matt Hill lands at Liberty Tavern. [Zagat]