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A blow to soften today’s sequester: Z-Burger in Tenleytown is giving away burgers at its Tenleytown location, but only if you can stomach saying the secret password, “Z-Quester.”


  • DCPS tries to hang on to students. [Examiner]
  • Feds want Kwame Brown‘s brother to serve six months for bank fraud. [Loose Lips]
  • Fairfax County pursuing illegal studio apartments. [WTOP]
  • The ins and outs of the Nationals smart card. [Post]
  • Sex offender worked at three D.C. churches. [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: Eivør @ Millenium Stage.

On the Plus Side: Anticipating a sequestration furlough? Read our sequestration drinking guide.

Chow Down: Washington does surprisingly well when compared to the states on food access.

Sip Up: Jack Rose Dining Saloon claims to have the largest collection of whiskey in the western hemisphere. Here are some of their bottles.

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

  • Marion Barry and Tommy Wells travel to Maryland to tout bag tax. [Post]
  • Jeff Thompson’s moneyman, David Wilmot, and Vince Gray’s ex-con fraternity brother, Bruce Bereano, throwing fundraiser for Michael Brown. [Post]
  • Gray says cops will get raises only if they agree to new contract. [Post]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton will suffer with the furloughed. [DCist]
  • Making a child repeat a grade isn’t the worst thing in the world. [Post]
  • D.C. using murals to cut down on graffiti. [NBC4]
  • Censure a councilmember? Forget about it. [Examiner]
  • Vincent Orange wants the council to override the mayor’s veto of CBE bill. [Examiner]

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

  • Capitol Riverfront continues its transformation, with plans for a movie theater. [WBJ]
  • Teens, rejoice! High school start times could be pushed back. [WJLA]
  • A closer look at the latest plans for McMillan’s park. [UrbanTurf]
  • Georgetown drivers want their road back, damn it. [GGW]
  • AOL, Facebook to open new downtown offices. [WBJ]
  • Councilmembers pay a visit to D.C. General. [WJLA]
  • Reported bike theft was slightly down in 2012; bike theft arrests were up. [Hill Rag]
  • An argument in favor of taxing bikes [Atlantic Cities]
  • And one in favor of scrapping the Southeast Boulevard [GGW]
  • A condo building’s coming to 11th and M NW. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Anacostia brick beauty

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

  • Kennedy Center launches an online waiting room for Book of Mormon tix, and there has never been a better time for a Fugazi/Kennedy Center mashup [Post]
  • Sequestration would force the National Gallery of Art to slash its hours [Post]
  • Free leaves WPGC [Twitter]
  • For what it’s worth, Pete Seeger thinks Alexandria’s waterfront shouldn’t be modernized [Del Ray Patch]
  • Listen to a new jam from synth-pop duo Ploy [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • D.C.’s best diners [DCist]
  • A peek inside Grill Room at the Capella Hotel [Washingtonian]
  • C.F. Folks receives the American Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation [Post]
  • Maple Avenue owners opening new restaurant in Arlington called Water & Wall [Don Rockwell]
  • Thunder Pig Confectionary will pop-up at Hello Cupcake after winning StartUp Kitchen [Eater]
  • New food truck in Arlington: Mama’s Donut Bites [Food Truck Fiesta]