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Will Washington’s “reform” candidates split the at-large D.C. Council vote like they did in 2012? A new poll, which puts Councilmember Anita Bonds ahead of the pack at 19 percent, suggests that they will.


  • TONIGHT: Washington City Paper‘s D.C. Council at-large debate at the Black Cat. [Loose Lips]
  • Former 2010 mayoral candidate Leo Alexander says Vince Gray tried to get him out of the race. [Post]
  • Despite new revelations, David Catania won’t press for full investigation of Michelle Rhee-era cheating in public schools. [Post]
  • Metro leaves drivers and train operators out of fatigue plan. [Examiner]
  • City Paper is moving downtown. [City Desk]
  • Washington is on the hunt for new Supercans. [Examiner]
  • Vandal hits Georgetown University chapel. [Examiner]
  • Silverdocs gets a new name. [Arts Desk]


Photo of the Day: Man Covering Ears.

Taxi Wars, Contd.: The D.C. Taxi Cab Commission is set to start regulating ridesharing services like Sidecar, which turn anyone with a decent car and a clean record into a cabbie.

Surprise Victory: At-large candidate Michael Brown has dropped out of the race, but both Brown and the Board of Elections have considered what will happen if he wins anyway.

No Vacancy: The D.C. Housing Authority waitlist is officially suspended.

Coaster Shock: Washington is now home to a $40 cocktail.

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

  • Leo Alexander says Vince Gray urged him to drop out of 2010 mayoral race, meet with Jeff Thompson‘s close associate. [Post]
  • Bonds has misguided focus on race, Post says. [Post]
  • So does Pat Mara, says Colby King. [Post]
  • Just kidding, says Colby. [Post]
  • Chuck Thies is now angry at Colby. [NBC4]
  • On radio address, a once-skeptical mayor says to vote for yes on budget autonomy. [Times]
  • Car booting is big business in D.C. [WUSA9]
  • There are way too many candidate forums. [Post]
  • Gray budget proposes a lot of construction. [Examiner]
  • Don’t miss the only forum that matters, tonight.

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

  • On the value of experimentation in government. [Post]
  • Fifteen hurt in Metrobus crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. [WJLA]
  • Before construction in NoMa, decontamination. [WBJ]
  • Options emerge for the streetcar on K Street and in Georgetown. [GGW]
  • The D.C. area has the “bubbliest” housing market in America. [WBJ]
  • The pros and cons of neighborhood preference for charter schools. [GGE]
  • 1776 has signed up nearly ten startups a week since its launch. [Post]
  • Sidwell Friends alums want to start a free version of their pricey alma mater. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Trinidad four-bed

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

  • The 2013 National Book Festival lineup includes Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, and Brad Meltzer. [Post]
  • More D.C. arts grants announced. [Art 202]
  • Phil Kennicott: “…there is hope in the news that at least now the Corcoran has a survival plan.” [Post]
  • Wolf Trap’s new president and CEO lays out his plan for the park. [Post]
  • Director Jem Cohen (Instrument, Museum Hours) says D.C.’s DIY punk scene was more educational than working as a prop assistant for Martin Scorsese. [Post]
  • In the band’s DCist tour diary, The Shirks Ned Moffitt has a pretty good attitude about getting ripped off the first night of tour. [DCist]
  • “Mumbo Sauce” exhibit feels deflated, says Lavanya Ramanathan. [Post]

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

  • The top 10 stellar sandwich shops [The Plate]
  • Everyone gets naked at Restaurant Eve. [Eater]
  • The best bars in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Psy is looking for a personal chef. [Zagat]
  • Smokefree DC says Civil Cigar Lounge and local hookah bars are violating the law. [DCist]
  • Little City Gourmet opens in Arlington. [NoVa Mag]