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In this week’s Washington City Paper, available now wherever fine alternative weeklies are given away: Sadie Dingfelder tries to survive 24 hours in Centreville’s Spa World without getting covered in too much mud.


  • Police oversight board mad that Chief Cathy Lanier is ignoring its decisions. [Post]
  • Metro second-in-command, big supporter of weekend track work, resigns. [Post]
  • Six indicted in Woodley Park stabbing. [Examiner]
  • Delays hit hospital-heavy bus line. [Post]
  • Examiner says D.C. is “waging war on drivers.” [Examiner]
  • Alexandria police officer in critical condition after being shot yesterday. [WJLA]


Photo of the Day: Page Three Photo.

Weights and Mess-Ups: D.C. inspectors have been threatening bars with $2,000 fines over laws that don’t even exist.

Teens on the Loose: A new video threatens to ignite a “gallon-smashing” trend in Vienna, Va.

Graham Unbowed: The D.C. Council reprimanded Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham this week. But Graham has faced trouble before and kept his political career intact.

Bookless: More and more, D.C. libraries aren’t about books.

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

  • Michael Brown on the comeback trail. [Informer]
  • Lawyer for Brown’s former campaign treasurer says he’s been in discussions with feds and expects to enter “information sharing” agreement. [Post]
  • Youth corrections officers fight to save union boss. [Times]
  • Homeless shelters filled with large families. [Post]
  • Kaya Henderson has plan to retain more students in DCPS. [Post]
  • District officials don’t want a ton of cars on the road. [Examiner]
  • Office of Police Complaints worried it’s not being taken seriously by Cathy Lanier. [Post]

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

  • 13th and U apartment building gets smaller without getting smaller. [GGW]
  • These condos are coming around the corner. [PoP]
  • A big H Street NE residential building gets yanked. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C. can’t get its street signs right. [DCist]
  • Loudoun makes its pitch for the FBI. [WBJ]
  • Fire-damaged shell in Trinidad sells for $340k. [ToT]
  • D.C.’s ranked as the lowly fifth-best U.S. city for car-sharing. [DCist]
  • Flooding plan leads to new design for McMillan, with bigger park. [UrbanTurf]
  • Joe Lieberman sells his Burleith home for $1.3 million. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: River views

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

  • A 10,000 square foot arts space, Anacostia Arts Center, is coming to Good Hope Road SE this spring. [East City Art]
  • Corcoran takes valuable rugs to auction. [Post]
  • Arena Stage and George Washington University team up for a multicity arts initiative spearheaded by Liz Lerman: the National Civil War Project. [Post]
  • To fund its new Laib Wax Room, the Phillips Collection looked to crowdfunding. [Washingtonian]
  • Book circulation is down. So why is the District paying for fancy new libraries? [Washington City Paper]
  • To prepare for its relocation to Foggy Bottom, Textile Museum will cuts its hours this fall. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Rosa Parks biographer: The Civil Rights activist would have been embarrassed by a memorial to her. [Post]

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

  • Malt Liquor found in Pepsi vending machine [DCist]
  • Umami Burger wants to come to D.C. [Eater]
  • Fifteen sandwiches that are better than a half-smoke [Post]
  • Chef Roberto Donna bringing a smaller version of Laboratorio del Galileo to new restaurant Alba Osteria [Washingtonian]
  • Icelandic restaurant Look plans to open this weekend [PoPville]
  • Coffee shop etiquette [Zagat]
  • Hostess brands sold, Twinkies saved? [Reuters via HuffPost]