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Corey Moore, a drug dealer so famous for his ability to fight criminal charges he was nicknamed the “Teflon Defendant,” has finally been found guilty of something. One detail from Moore’s trial on gun and drug crimes: According to police, he owned a pickle jar full of PCP.


  • Remembering jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. [Arts Desk]
  • Two dead after University of Maryland murder-suicide. [WTOP]
  • Opposition for jail time for parents of truant students. [Examiner]
  • Challengers keep lining up for Councilmember Jim Graham. [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: Chinese New Year Parade.

Keep Your Hats On: D.C. distillery New Columbia Distillers and a Brooklyn-based distillery have dropped parallel lawsuits over similarly named gins.

Graham Slams: Embattled Councilmember Jim Graham says fellow councilmember Tommy Wells‘ calls for a hearing on Graham are just an attempt to butter up the Washington Post‘s editorial board for a mayoral run.

Buck Passing: The Pigskins’ have found a novel argument for keeping their racist other name: high school teams with the same name.

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

  • D.C. General is not a great option for the city’s homeless. [Post]
  • Terry Lynch may challenge Jim Graham next year. [DCist]
  • Phil Mendelson does not appear keen on keeping the Graham/Lotto/Metro thing going. [Examiner]
  • Environmentalists don’t want the mayor to study whether to build an incinerator. [Post]
  • ANC commissioner ordered to pay $20,000 in condo fees. [DCist]
  • Lots of k-12 students moving mid-year. [Post]

Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener is on vacation.

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

  • Naked Girls Reading booted from Little Miss Whiskey’s. [DCist]
  • Economist/Baltimore Sun cartoonist Kal raises more than $90,000 on Kickstarter for a coffee-table retrospective of his work. [Post]
  • Is Washington drama House of Cards actually successful? [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Portlandia makes fun of a guy who quits his job to pursue furniture making, and the character might be based on a local man. [DCist]
  • Beyonce‘s July 29 Verizon Center show sells out in under a minute; July 30 show announced, [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Oh, and if you want tickets to Mumford & Sons at Patriot Center, it’s gonna cost you. [Post]
  • Aw, look, a lil’ girl moshing to Bad Brains [Gawker]

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

  • Nine D.C. restaurants with hot single scenes [Zagat]
  • Maker’s Mark plans to water down its bourbon. [NPR]
  • Restaurant Week extensions [Washingtonian]
  • Bistro Vivant names Ed Hardy as chef. [Post]
  • Matchbox on 14th Street NW launches lunch. [Borderstan]
  • Arlington’s Wilson Tavern is closed for expansion. [ARLnow]
  • Where to eat brunch right now [Eater]