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Are the Pigskins—-thanks to their more offensive official name—-under a curse keeping them from a Super Bowl win? So ventures Post columnist Mike Wise. “Until it is broken, until the name is changed, this town never sees another Lombardi Trophy,” Wise writes.


  • As many as 11 wounded in North Capitol Street shooting. [Post]
  • Weekend Metro trips remain a hassle. [Post]
  • But buses are getting closer to taking credit cards. [Examiner]
  • Teen shot and injured during police chase. [WJLA]
  • Bike crashes up in Fairfax County. [WTOP]
  • Man wounded in H Street shooting Saturday night. [Post]
  • Prince George’s school board member earns censure for unclear reasons. [Post]


It’s Not You, It’s Your Degree: A new Washington dating site only accepts male members who went to top universities.

Vehicle Emergency: After earning criticism for a lack of operational ambulances, the D.C. fire department is trying to put on a brave face.

Goodbye, FBI: If the FBI leaves D.C., it should stay located near a Metro station.

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

  • Ethics board boss says board has been busy, wants more power to look into contracting/subcontracting. [NBC4]
  • Lack of ambulances puts fire department’s troubles in spotlight. [Examiner]
  • Ken Ellerbe not eager to speak at fire department’s news conference. [WUSA9]
  • Ellerbe says recent incidents make the case for staffing switch. [Post]
  • Pepco wants more money. [WAMU]
  • D.C. issuing 7.3 parking tickets a minute. [Post]
  • McKinley Tech teacher accused of child porn charges. [Post]

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray pitches D.C. tech at SXSW. [ElevationDC]
  • How Gray should spend the $100 million he’s promised for affordable housing. [CNHED]
  • As DHS leases expire, questions about where its workers will go. [Post]
  • Is prosecuting parents the right answer to truancy? [GGW]
  • DCPS launches a new effort to recruit educators. [Hill Rag]
  • Does closing underperforming schools help? [Atlantic Cities]
  • One former school, the Franklin School downtown, has been vacant for years. [Examiner]
  • MoCo decided it had no suitable FBI location, backs Prince George’s County instead. [WBJ]
  • Metro is hosting open houses to discuss the Silver Line. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Aristocratic living in Kalorama

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

  • Mayor Vincent Gray goes to SXSW… [Post]
  • …and DCist has some ideas for his itinerary. [DCist]
  • Pitchfork hands Deathfix‘s debut a respectable 6.4 rating. [Pitchfork]
  • Signature Theatre cans Crimes of the Heart, swaps in The Last Five Years. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • From the archives: Washington City Paper‘s coverage of go-go in the 1980s [Unveiled]
  • Gettysburg Address to be displayed at Library of Congress for six weeks. [AP via WJLA]
  • Shark Week drops a new video. [Brightest Young Things]
  • Following up on his recent City Paper feature about D.C. folk artist Bob Brown, whose out-of-print recordings recently surfaced on Amoeba Records’ Vinyl Vaults web store, Leor Galil talks to other artists who had no idea the California record chain was selling digital copies of their hard-to-get music. [Chicago Reader]
  • Peter Marks profiles Zach Appelman, the young actor at the helm of Folger Theatre’s just-closed Henry V. [Post]
  • The history of Hello, Dolly! in D.C. [Post]
  • Clinton Yates asks people to speculate on what Busboys & Poets might mean for Takoma Park. [Post]
  • The Red Line D.C. Project, a documentary about graffiti along Metro’s Red Line, shows at Our City Film Festival this weekend. [Post]
  • Three films about displacement in D.C. neighborhoods [Washington City Paper]
  • Michelle Obama seen at Howard Theatre’s Sweet Honey in the Rock show. [Washingtonian]
  • Also: Are Beyoncé and Adele gonna perform at the first lady’s birthday bash? OMGawwwd. [Huffington Post D.C.]

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

  • Suna in Eastern Market closes after only four months. [Post]
  • “World’s best restaurant” blamed for 67 diner illnesses. [NPR]
  • Ten best spots for hot chocolate [The Plate]
  • Theft and scam in the food and beverage industry [Zagat]
  • Fainting Goat caught in U Street NW liquor license war. [Borderstan]
  • Meet the family behind KaftaMania food truck. [BYT]
  • Whole Foods to label genetically modified foods. [HuffPost]