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  • Mayor Vince Gray is now in the mayoral race. What does that mean for his opponents? [Loose Lips]
  • At a hearing Wednesday, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe couldn’t account for a dozen new ambulances. [News4]
  • Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says Silver Line service will start in April. [WAMU]
  • Another man was wounded early Thursday in a shooting in Trinidad. A fatal shooting involving a police officer occurred in the neighborhood Tuesday night, and a man was wounded there in a shooting Monday. [Post]


History Repeated: The many lives of one of D.C.’s oldest restaurants, the Iron Gate.

The Walmart Way: The first day at Walmart went as expected: Big crowds, reasonably happy customers, and executives who wouldn’t comment on the new minimum wage bill.

D.C. Corporate: D.C. United is looking for a new jersey sponsor. Here are some reader-submitted possibilities of what the 2014 jerseys could look like.

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

  • Tommy Wells questions fire chief over fleet. [WJLA, NBC 4]
  • David Catania launches his exploratory committee for the mayor’s office. [LLPost, WAMU]
  • Catania says the lack of press mentions that he’s gay are a sign of progress. [Blade]
  • Where does Vince Gray‘s announcement leave his opponents? [LL]
  • Post columnist: Gray probably doesn’t even deserve forgiveness. [Post]
  • D.C.’s judicial disclosure rules stink. [Center for Public Integrity]
  • Ron Moten talks mayor’s race. [YouTube]
  • Dream mayor Rob Ford will finally make his D.C. appearance, sort of. [City Desk]
  • This week on Kojo ShowVincent Orange. [Twitter]
  • Man dies after police shootout. [Post]
  • Pepco asks Maryland for a rate increase. [WAMU]

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

  • Without debate, D.C. Council approves tax break for Blues Alley. [Georgetown Dish]
  • On Walmart’s first day, much buzz and no discussion of wages. [City Desk]
  • The Walmart stores’ “urban” design leaves something to be desired. [RPitUS]
  • Driving’s on the decline. Planners need to plan accordingly. [Post]
  • Residential building with a “warehouse design” planned near Union Station. [UrbanTurf]
  • Hotel rivalry: Marriott and Hyatt Place forced to be physically connected. [WBJ]
  • For homeless and poor families, a bed is a valuable commodity. [Post]
  • Facing preservation hurdles, Eastbanc decides to occupy Georgetown post office itself. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill is selling her window-rich Massachusetts Avenue NW condo. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Two-story Logan Circle penthouse—$999,999

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

  • House of Cards‘ second season will debut on Valentine’s Day. [AP]
  • Local author Manil Suri takes home the Bad Sex in Fiction prize. [New York Times]
  • GEMS releases an uncut version of “Medusa.” [All Things Go]
  • All Songs Considered names the best music of the year. [NPR]
  • The 15 best music venues in D.C., according to DCist. [DCist]
  • Keep your eyes peeled for a truck rolling around town with neon letters that say “You are on an island.” [Post]
  • Hey, look at this new Tereu Tereu music video. [DCist]

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

  • The top 50 restaurants in northern Virginia [NoVa mag]
  • The eight best cocktail bars in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • How fast casual restaurants took over and why the boom is fading. [Post]
  • More details about Roofers Union, coming to Adams Morgan from the Ripple team [Eater]
  • Mastermind behind Doritos Locos dies. [NPR]
  • Muze now open at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. [Zagat]
  • New Protein Bar location coming to Farragut Square in early 2014. [PoPville]