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The latest issue of Washington City Paper is on stands today, and our cover is a profile of Ward 2 councilmember and mayoral candidate Jack Evans. He’s been on the council since 1991 and has already unsuccessfully run for mayor. So why does he think he’s got a shot this time? And what is with all those hashtags on his signs?


  • Why is D.C. subsidizing a grocery store boom in already hot neighborhoods? [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. got a mixed review in its latest HIV/AIDS report card. [Post]
  • The D.C. Bar Association hosted the first mayoral debate last night, and it looks like if Mayor Vince Gray decides to run, he’ll be a target of all the other candidates. [Post]
  • The resurfacing of the 15th Street NW bike lane is just about complete. [WAMU]


Splendid Tablet: Many restaurants are having customers order and pay with tablet or mobile app devices. 

Cab Chaos:Taxicab Commission Chair Ron Linton abruptly adjourned the monthly cab meeting Wednesday after the packed audience of cab drivers got a bit noisy.

Midday Fuel: The always-crowded The Arsenal at Bluejacket is now open for lunch.

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

  • Jack Evans talks mayoral ambitions and, finally, what the deal is with those hashtag campaign signs. [WCP]
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office wants Office of the Attorney General’s documents related to Jeff Thompson payment, OAG says no way. [Post]
  • Cabbies compare their plight to Dred Scott, taxi commish Ron Linton to Adolf Hitler. [WAMU, City Desk, DCist]
  • “Like Pig-Pen…Mr. [Vince] Gray’s campaign machine is surrounded by grime.” [Times]
  • Councilmembers spar over grocery tax incentives. [Housing Complex]
  • Mayor’s office says there’s not enough money for David Catania‘s $100,000 college subsidies. [Post]
  • Your dream of Georgetown bar-owning can now be realized. [WBJ]
  • Throw out your pictures of the larger Vincent Orange. [Post]
  • HIV report card shows improvements in needle and condom distribution. [WAMU]
  • LivingSocial will never get its tax break at this rate. [Washingtonian]
  • Charter school exec admits embezzling $29,000. [Post]
  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, White House chief of staff Bill Daley argued over evicting Occupy D.C. [Politico]
  • Streetcar work continues. [WJLA]
  • Metro promises brighter parking garages. [NBC 4]

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

  • A profile of Jack Evans, launching a mayoral campaign from a very different Ward 2. [WCP]
  • Clinton Yates and Ed Lazere debate gentrification. [Post TV]
  • Uber CEO calls D.C. “a real pain in my butt.” [Atlantic]
  • Giant and Safeway could be facing a strike. [Post]
  • A Taxicab Commission meeting got pretty unruly. [City Desk]
  • JBG is indeed everywhere. [WBJ]
  • More on the Monument Realty Chinatown project. [Post]
  • Today on the market: 16th Street Heights townhouse with rental unit

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

  • Dutch artist Erik van Loon tries, fails to bring his large-scale public art project to D.C. [Post]
  • Train, Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, and Arturo Sandoval booked to play this year’s National Christmas Tree lighting. [WJLA]
  • Newsies coming to the National Theatre. [Post]
  • Priests will release a record on the New Jersey label Don Giovanni (Waxahatchee, Screaming Females) next year. [Don Giovanni]
  • Murals! [Greater Greater Washington]

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

  • The least douchey bars in D.C. [BYT]
  • The eight best places to dine and drink when your family’s in town [DCist]
  • Il Canale expanding into former Cannon’s Fish Market space in Georgetown. [Washingtonian]
  • Hard-hat tour of Republic, coming to Takoma Park [Eater]
  • Palena coffee shop is now open. [Zagat]
  • Wu-Tang Wednesday cocktail menu at Satellite Room [Post]
  • New taqueria opening late December on U Street NW will have a retractable roof. [PoPville]
  • Five hot drinks for cold weather [Drink DC]