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Inauguration tree climber Rives Grogan is no longer banned in D.C., with the exception of certain federal buildings.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- David Catania doesn’t want city to pay for unmet insurance claims from Jeff Thompson‘s company. [Examiner]
- Lincoln Memorial still most popular attraction on the Mall. [Times]
- Sequester furloughs could help D.C. traffic. [WTOP]
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LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jeff Thompson fighting Vince Gray administration over proposed sale of Thompson’s Medicaid MCO (and former cash cow) Chartered Health. [Post]
- David Catania wants Thompson to pay for Chartered’s debts. [Examiner]
- Tommy Wells is positioning himself to be the new sheriff in town.” [Examiner]
- District government flying totally blind when it comes to financial impact of moving the FBI’s headquarters. [Post]
- New crime is dysfunctional. [Times]
- Wells wants IG to investigate claims of fire cadet sexual harassment. [ABC7]
- Your water bill is going up to pay for giant poop-holding tunnels. [NBC4]
- Marion Barry and Wells to take road trip together. [@tommywells]
- Elections board says at large candidate Paul Zukerberg is telling lies about voter roles. [Post]
- Kids in foster care frustrated with slow city payments. [Examiner]
- Unions clash with Gray administration over appearance with President Barack Obama. [Examiner]
- Former head of Howard University police union sentenced for theft. [Examiner]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- Douglas Development’s Wonder Bread factory loses its lead tenant. [Post]
- DMPED narrows down Parcel 42 developers to three contenders. [UrbanTurf]
- At-large Council candidates weigh in on school truancy. [GGW]
- Penn Quarter’s got a new high-profile resident: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. [Post]
- The Smithsonian hires an architect to redesign its historic campus. [WBJ]
- GGW weighs in on a huge proposed Van Ness mixed-use complex. [GGW]
- Maryland might be able to fund the Capital Crescent Trail tunnel after all. [Bethesda Now]
- Daydreaming of a Georgetown gondola [Georgetown Metropolitan]
- Today on the market: Columbia Heights rowhouse tops $1 million
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Smithsonian hires innovative architect Bjarke Ingels to redesign its campus [Washington Business Journal]
- Smithsonian says even if sequestration slashes $40 million from its budget, museum doors will stay open [WTOP]
- Rosa Parks statue unveiled today [WJLA]
- A look inside Bethesda’s new jazz/supper club [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Hacking your home soda-making machine [NYT]
- Rabbit in Clarendon to become beer garden called Fat Shorty’s [Washingtonian]
- Rogue 24 now claims the smallest bar in D.C. [Facebook]
- Curry 2 Mantra opens in Falls Church. Curry 3 Mantra on the way. [Eater]
- Fairfax County no longer issuing licenses to food trucks. [Food Truck Fiesta]
- How the food industry manipulates your tastebuds [NPR]
- Twenty-four foods that shouldn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day [BuzzFeed]