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Inauguration tree climber Rives Grogan is no longer banned in D.C., with the exception of certain federal buildings.


  • 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]


Glue Factory: Preakness centaur mascot Kegasus likely won’t be back for another year.

Nice Tea: A chic new D.C. tea “lodge” offers “teatenders” and kombucha on tap.

Palisades Family Robinson: For $2.5 million, the adult version of a treehouse in Palisades could be yours.

Thompson Trouble: A former competitor of embattled, alleged shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson says Thompson got special treatment.

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

  • 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? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.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? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.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]