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Will retiring chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi be charged with any crimes? Examiner columnist Harry Jaffe is so sure he won’t be, he’s willing to eat every column he’s written mentioning Gandhi in 2012. Ron Machen?


  • Law firm to do pro bono investigation of how MPD handles sex crime investigations. [Examiner]
  • Passenger hit by Metro train at Gallery Place this morning. [WTOP]
  • No love for proposed cab colors. [Post]
  • Ninety-four-year-old woman hit, killed by car. [Post]


Fooled: A Washington Post blogger fell for a parody article about Sarah Palin, earning a rebuke from the ex-governor herself.

Council Intrigue: A former staffer for Councilmember Anita Bonds is lodging a complaint about her firing, reportedly over a request that she do campaign work on city time.

Nosh Time: Newish restaurant Hogo is going to start serving Jewish deli food.

On the Bubble: With the future of the Hirshhorn bubble still unclear, feasibility studies are still underway to decide whether it will be built.

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

  • Phil Mendelson is upset the ethics board left Jim Graham’s possible punishment open ended, will propose “some type of disciplinary action” soon. [Post]
  • Vince Gray says he’s “never seen any evidence” of what advocates say is substandard care for homeless at D.C. General. [Post]
  • Mayor’s office doesn’t like David Catania‘s anti-truancy bill. [Examiner]
  • Jack Evans celebrates being the longest-serving councilmember. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells knows who might have your stolen phone. [WJLA]
  • No mention of D.C. in SOTU, Eleanor Holmes Norton is upset. [Post]
  • Judge rules MPD violated detective’s First Amendment rights. [Examiner]
  • “Tremulous” Mendo needs to put a hurtin’ on Graham, Post says. [Post]
  • Lame idea to force taxi drivers to paint their cars the same color will probably make all of D.C.’s cabs look ugly. [Post]

Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener is on vacation.

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

  • The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces a Feb. 22 screening of the documentary Straight Up Go-Go, paired with a live performance by Rare Essence, at the Lincoln Theatre Feb. 22. [Art 202]
  • AFI Silver Theatre adds another showing of The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan. [Post]
  • Virginia Democrats want you to read Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II‘s reportedly bonkers book, The Last Line of Defense, ’cause it’s, well, bonkers. [Post]
  • National Symphony Orchestra teams up with Phish‘s Trey Anastasio [Post]
  • Photos: The National Cathedral’s Pancake Races [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Talking to actor Alex Mills, a longtime performer in Synetic Theater’s wordless productions, about landing his first speaking role in Signature’s Shakespeare’s R&J. [Post]
  • A report from last weekend’s Play in a Day at Imagination Stage [WTOP]
  • FYI: Today is World Radio Day [WTOP]

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

  • Where to drink hot cocktails [Drink DC]
  • “For rent” signs appear at Ray’s Hell Burger. [Washingtonian]
  • Bibiana general manager launches limoncello company. [Eater]
  • A taste of DGS Delicatessen‘s new happy hour menu [Post]
  • Half-off wine and heart-shaped pizzas at Radius Pizza on Valentine’s Day [PoPville]
  • Brunch at Quench in Rockville gets an A+. [Bitches Who Brunch]
  • Tortas El Farolito food truck launches. [New Columbia Heights]