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Two big items in today’s print edition of Washington City Paper, on the streets now. The Spring Arts Guide contains all your culture needs—-from Murder by Death to Glengarry Glen Ross. Meanwhile, Kriston Capps asks, “What ever happened to that giant bubble that was supposed to go around the Hirshorn?”


  • Must-read: checks obtained by WCP show how alleged shadow campaign money man Jeff Thompson passed money through top lobbyist David Wilmot. [Loose Lips]
  • Public safety unions will believe Mayor Vince Gray‘s promised raises when they actually happen, and not before. [Examiner]
  • Judge not sure whether alleged Georgetown socialite wife murderer Albrecht Muth, hospitalized after a hunger strike, can be his own attorney at trial. [Post]
  • Reporters fight to open Chandra Levy hearings. [Post]
  • Arlington public records rules: pricey. [WAMU]
  • Stop allegedly making fire bombs, NoVa teens. [WTOP]
  • Bladensburg Rd. robber goes back to the well, or 7-Eleven, one too many times. [Post]


TOPA’s Company: Residents in one of the District’s last room houses want to make it tenant-owned.

Kids These Days: A straight version of gay hook-up app Grindr is titillating Washington’s college students.

Double Time: Opening one restaurant is tough. Chef Frederik de Pue wants to open two.

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

  • Michael Brown: “I want to go back to the John A. Wilson Building so [that] I can continue to be the ‘conscience of the council.'” [Informer]
  • We’re heading for a parking crisis! [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson to hold a hearing on disputed hospital contract. [Times]
  • New report says Gray administration is failing the city’s homeless. [Post]
  • Auditors find nagging problems at CFO’s office. [Post]
  • Charter schools growing at fast clip, DCPS not so much. [Post]
  • Public employee unions skeptical of Vince Gray‘s promises about pay raises. [Examiner]
  • Anacostia on the rise. [Informer]

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

  • It’s tough for homeless families to get shelter without a lawyer. [Post]
  • Public school enrollment rate has its largest increase in 40 years. [Hill Rag]
  • Darrell Issa wants to take a stab at D.C. budget autonomy next month. [Roll Call]
  • Hell, even Belarus thinks we ought to have voting rights. [DCist]
  • More details on the mixed-use building coming to Adams Morgan’s Ontario Theater. [UrbanTurf]
  • RIP, NextBus DC. Welcome, BusTrackDC. [DCist]
  • Temporary Capitol Riverfront parking lots will stay temporary lots for another five years. [WBJ]
  • The GSA should follow its own rules. [Atlantic Cities]
  • CityCenter likely to announce big international hotel tenant in March. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: It ain’t luxury, but here’s a single-family home for under $150k

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

  • The Cool ‘Disco’ Dan documentary helps one woman find the breakdancing instructor she’s been searching for [Post]
  • The Hive 2.0 incorporates an arts center [Washington City Paper]
  • All this radio report says about Bad Brains is: Wow, can you believe they’re black? [WPGC]
  • This guy is really, really bummed about the closing of Video Americain’s Takoma Park location [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • First Baptist Church gets a new pipe organ [Post]
  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center director Susie Farr wins Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award [Clarice Smith Center]

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

  • A complete guide to all things doughnut [Express]
  • Aroma Espresso Bar opening in Bethesda’s Westfield Montgomery Mall [Bethesda Mag]
  • Pho 14 hoping to open in Van Ness next week [PoPville]
  • Everything you need to know about eating Peking duck for the Chinese New Year [Eater]
  • TakEATEasy opens Friday at 1990 M St. NW [Borderstan]
  • Ten vegetarian dishes to try [Washingtonian]