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Pick up a print copy of Washington City Paper today and feast your eyes on this week’s cover story: Justin Moyer‘s letter to his toddler daughter about the maddening process of picking a D.C. preschool.


  • America’s best airport is not Reagan or Dulles. [WTOP]
  • Springfield groper continues his attacks. [Post]
  • Parents don’t like DCPS budget. [Post]
  • Mayors have ignored anti-fraud law. [Examiner]
  • Environmentalists unhappy with Rock Creek Park chemicals. [WJLA]


Ramen Rock: Some local restaurants, including H Street’s Toki Underground, put a lot of thought into their music choices.

Big in Sweden: Local musician Kelow, a 20-year-old lesbian rapper from Maryland, hasn’t hit it big in Washington yet. But as with so many things, the Swedes are ahead of the curve.

Raise the Roof: Increases to the Height Act shouldn’t come uniformly, Aaron Wiener writes in Housing Complex.

Popping a Wheelie: A Washington Times columnist who hates Capital Bikeshare seems to have forgotten that it exists at all.

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

  • Fire department provides D.C. Council with bogus fleet info. Chief Ken Ellerbe says one of his deputy chiefs has retired as a result. [Fox5]
  • Unsolved mystery: who is going to win at-large seat next month? [Post]
  • Tommy Wells flip-flops on club closings. [Arts Desk]
  • In D.C., Obamacare could mean being forced to give up your current health insurance, even if you like it. [Post]
  • Parents upset with new DCPS budgeting. [Post]
  • D.C., still growing. [Examiner]
  • Mysterious anti-big-box-higher-wages group pops up. [Post]

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

  • Weigh in on Metro’s new Silver Line map. [Mindmixer]
  • Preservation’s problems go well beyond perception. [GGW]
  • Here’s what D.C. would look like under Nicolae Ceauşescu. [Atlantic Cities]
  • The National Mall will take a hit from sequestration. [WJLA]
  • There’s a modest correlation between school walkability and performance. [GGW]
  • Condos in D.C. are 9.2 percent more expensive than a year ago. [WBJ]
  • Bill in Congress could scrap Eisenhower Memorial design. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Brightwood multiplex

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

  • A Republican congressman from Utah wants to smack down the Eisenhower Memorial. [WJLA]
  • The National Gallery plans to close its East Building for three years while it renovates, but it’s hoping to add some new exhibition space with a $30 million private donation. [Post]
  • More Book of Mormon tickets go on sale today, and Kennedy Center spokesman John Dow says that unlike last time, patrons shouldn’t have a problem buying tickets online. [WTOP]
  • Some Barracks Row residents have a problem with the neighborhood’s new Gaia mural. [WJLA]
  • National Mall feels the effects of sequestration. [WJLA]

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

  • A guide to picking the best seat in a restaurant [Eater National]
  • Sneak peek at BonChon‘s Arlington location [Washingtonian]
  • Tom Sietsema gives Suna half a star after its shutter. Yikes. [Post]
  • Owner of Quench to open food market. [Bethesda Mag]
  • Best Chinese dishes in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • Vice President Joe Biden brings Dunkin’ Donuts to Alexandria police department. [Obama Foodorama]
  • James Beard Foundation names White House pastry chef Bill Yosses among the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.” [Zagat]