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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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]