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The Nats are facing an unusual opponent at their Florida training camp: a bird. The bird dropped a fish on the team’s practice yesterday, only to threaten to come retrieve its dinner until a Nats player threw the fish away.


  • Officials excited that a rabid fox bit Mount Pleasant woman. [Post]
  • Pigskins name isn’t going anywhere. [WJLA]
  • 94-year-old’s death is first of the year for Alexandria. [WTOP]
  • Suburb to get Flight of the Valkyries on worms. [Examiner]
  • Virginia high school wants RGIII to speak at graduation. [Post]
  • Another person on court-ordered GPS monitoring allegedly caught committing more crimes. [Post]


Missed a Spot: The D.C. Council’s contract oversight hearings focus on all the wrong things.

Busted: The FBI says a D.C. Jail guard was smuggling pot into the corrections facility.

Kaboom: Lots of studies later, there’s still no Hirshhorn Bubble.

Nom Nom: Missing Valentine’s Day already? Here’s where to eat some hearts.

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

  • OCF files complaint against Michael Brown‘s former campaign treasurer, Hakim Sutton. [Examiner]
  • How the CBE program, which pols always talk up as a tool to help small businesses, actually benefits multi-millionaires like Jeff Thompson. [Post]
  • Reuben Charles, the mystery man who took over the Gray for Mayor campaign in 2010, is back on the scene, though not really. [Times]
  • It does kinda look like Vince Gray‘s going to run for re-election, doesn’t it? [Examiner]
  • Gray wants to increase spending on schools by 2 percent. [Post]
  • Don’t be scared of a successful charter schools. [Post]
  • David Catania wants your kids to fail. [Post]

Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener is on vacation.

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

  • Ramiro Gomez Jr.’s cardboard signs of Latino day laborers and maintenance workers, which the L.A.-based artist deploys guerrilla-style to raise issues of immigration reform, come to official Washington [Post]
  • People really should be paid to read Fifty Shades of Grey, but at least some local students are getting academic credit for it [WTOP]
  • ICYMI: Maryland considers tripling its incentives for film companies who shoot within the state’s borders [Examiner]
  • Dischord plans to co-release the debut LP from ex-Swiz/Sweetbelly Freakdown band Red Hare this spring [Dischord]
  • More Beyoncé tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. [WJLA]

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

  • The Obamas dine at Minibar on Valentine’s Day. [HuffPost]
  • Five dishes to try at Farmers Fishers Bakers [Girl Meets Food]
  • More about Bub and Pop’s Philly-style sandwich shop [Washingtonian]
  • Maple Avenue‘s Tim Ma named D.C.’s hottest chef [Eater]
  • Where to eat fried whiting [Post]
  • Old Ebbitt Grill‘s Ebbitt Express closes today. [PoPville]