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While Washington cab passengers wonder about the final uniform taxi scheme, the drivers are worried they’ll have to pay for new paint.


  • Dulles could get worse under sequester. [Examiner]
  • Jim Graham decides not to fight Council reprimand. [Loose Lips]
  • Department of Employment Services misses out on fed money. [Examiner]
  • Shaw’s 1920dc closed after fatal shooting. [Post]


Photos of the Day: Jonathan Richman at the 9:30 Club.

Eat Up: A D.C. chef wants to open a new restaurant featuring the decadent combo of whiskey, oysters, and barbecue.

Park It: Ivy City residents fighting a new bus depot recently got some good news: proposals for other locations for the depot.

The First Cut Is the Deepest: The sequester could affect a wide range of District programs, the White House warns.

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

  • Jim Graham says he’s relieved it’s over. [Post]
  • Nat Gandhi says he’ll stick around until successor is ready. [Post]
  • Robert Bobb says city contracting process was bogus. [Examiner]
  • DOES boss says agency mismanaged under previous administration. [Examiner]
  • Housing director says sequestration will hurt. [Post]
  • Pro-pot candidate Paul Zukerberg survives ballot challenge, John Settles does not. [NBC4]
  • Cabbies vent at council hearing. [Examiner]
  • Lots of District residents buying new cars in January. [WBJ]

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

  • Brutalist downtown church to become offices. [WBJ]
  • Septima Clark Public Charter will close. [WJLA]
  • Congress will investigate federal government real estate management. [WBJ]
  • Maps of D.C. by tree species [Flickr]
  • … by Metro stations and zoning [asalzberg]
  • .. and as seen from outer space. [DCist]
  • America has a rental housing shortage for rich and poor alike. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Dupont mansion to become condos. [UrbanTurf]
  • With new sustainability plan, the ball’s in the agencies’ court. [GGW]
  • Commercial real estate and affordable housing will take a hit from sequestration. [GlobeSt]
  • Today on the market: Trinidad corner house

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

  • D.C.-based filmmakers take home an Oscar for the best documentary short [DCist]
  • Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage for its 2013-14 season [Post]
  • Ward 7 D.C. Council candidate Ron Moten on “Pump Me Up” at the Corcoran: “I’m a little sad and happy. Because this is D.C., what you see is the old D.C. Some good, some bad, but it was when we had our own culture.” [Post]
  • More on the soon-to-come Bethesda jazz supper club [WTOP]
  • Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to headline Preakness InfieldFest [WTOP]
  • Pitchfork reviews Priests‘ “Radiation” [Pitchfork]

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

  • This is real: cocktails that you inhale instead of drink [NPR]
  • The Swedish meatballs at D.C.’s IKEA are horse meat-free, reps say [HuffPost]
  • Where to eat fish and chips [Eater]
  • Cutting edge coffee in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Moon Gate in Bethesda becomes House of Foong Lin [Bethesda Mag]
  • Everything you want to know about Ernest Hemingway and cocktails [Washingtonian]
  • Mobile trolley pub on its way to Arlington? [Post]