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There’s no war on cars in the District, according to this week’s cover story, available in the print Washington City Paper today. So who keeps talking about it?


  • Washington City Paper endorses Elissa Silverman in next week’s D.C. Council election. [WCP]
  • Mayor Vince Gray wants pay increases for some city employees. [Examiner]
  • Man convicted on unusual mask-wearing charge. [Times]
  • Thunderstorm ahead Friday. [Post]
  • Wizards regular season ends with a loss. [Post]
  • Sexting case goes to trial in Fairfax. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Twins With Hoops.

Radio Daze: Local community radio station WPFW needs to move. But where?

Platekeepers: “Small plate” restaurants are a hit with restaurateurs, but don’t call them that.

I’m on a Boat and…: The Sequoia Presidential Yacht was behind on its payments and couldn’t dock in the District, so its owner decided to make some friends in D.C. government.

Closing Time: The Smithsonian doesn’t know which galleries will be closed following sequestration cuts.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Vince Gray to give 13 percent raises over 4 years to most city workers raises. [Post]
  • AFCSME’s Geo Johnson (whose union hall used to house Gray campaign meetings featuring Vernon Hawkins) says he’ll support a Gray re-election bid. [Examiner]
  • AAA’s John Townsend calls David Alpert a “nerd,” “ninny” and “developmentally retarded.” [WCP]
  • Vote Elissa Silverman, says LL’s bosses. [WCP]
  • Gray’s school budget panned. [Post]
  • Forensic accountant looking over Jeff Thompson’s Medicaid books. [Post]
  • Kenyan McDuffie to the city’s IG: what is wrong with you? [Post]
  • Ben Olsen supports budget autonomy and so should you. [Post]

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

  • The rent is still damn high, getting damn higher. [Examiner]
  • And people are buying way more million-dollar homes. [WBJ]
  • Mary Cheh thinks her bill for more ANC input isn’t a huge deal; developers disagree. [UrbanTurf]
  • The best bike rides in and around town. [DCist]
  • Worst bike ride? The one with headphones. [Washingtonian]
  • Man falls on Metro tracks while texting; father-daughter duo come to the rescue. [Post]
  • The United States Institute of Peace wants to move Constitution Avenue ’cause, you know, noise. [NBC4]
  • A temporary food, drink, and games operator may open up shop near Nationals Park. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Petworth doesn’t have to be pricey

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

  • The Air and Space Museum is giving away items from its collection. [WJLA]
  • As expected, Artisphere is over budget again and it requires an additional $800,000 from Arlington County. [Examiner]
  • Library of Congress wins a special Grammy. [AP via WTOP]
  • WPFW has to move in a month, but where? [City Desk]
  • The Kennedy Center will produce a musical inspired by Degas‘ “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” [Post]

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

  • Cupcakes are on the decline. [WSJ]
  • Sneak peek of Del Campo, opening soon in Chinatown. [BYT]
  • The city’s best veggie burgers [Eater]
  • Local bartenders toast pre-Prohibition black bartenders [Washingtonian]
  • The toasted coconut doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts is the worst. [Post]
  • Le Mirch Restaurant coming to Dupont. [PoPville]
  • Order off-menu dishes at Marcel’s, Mandu, and more. [Express]