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Georgetown law student Marc Gersen thought he could outwit authorities and sell meth on the side. He was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday.


  • Controversy over Cool Disco Donut’s nod to graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan leads Dupont Circle restaurant to pick a new name. [Young & Hungry]
  • Winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. [WTOP]
  • Metro wants to replace some of its newest escalators. [Examiner]
  • Bizarre kidnapping ends in death for kidnapper. [Times]
  • No charges for Rep. Jim Moran‘s son in police investigation into voter-fraud video. [Times]


Photo of the Day: Page Three Photo.

Turn It Up: Making a Breakfast Club joke landed a D.C. cop in hot water.

Cough, Cough: D.C. General Hospital is the District’s smoggiest building of 2012. But it has lots of competition.

Yes In My Backyard: Residents opposed to liquor licenses could soon have more organized antagonists.

Looking Good: Northern Virginia punks Foul Swoops have a hot new song in “Good Looks.” Listen here.

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

  • Vincent Orange accuses Vince Gray of playing hardball on hospital contract. [Post]
  • Yvette Alexander jumps from Orange’s side to Gray’s. [WBJ]
  • Firm that missed or ignored complete failure of CBE program at Anacostia High School joins business groups in asking Gray to veto his and Orange’s CBE legislation. [Times]
  • D.C. close to actually selling medical marijuana. [Post]
  • Health care exchange official appears to be backing away from “an earlier proposal to ban the sale of individual and small-group insurance on the open market starting Oct. 1.” [WBJ]
  • District’s good times are an autopilot, despite Gray administration missteps, says Jonetta. [Examiner]

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

  • D.C.’s split personality. [NY Times]
  • The FBI HQ could cost Loudon County just like it’s costing D.C. [WBJ]
  • Metropolitan Branch Trail’s Rhode Island Ave. bridge moves forward. [WashCycle]
  • YIMBYs make sure NIMBYs aren’t the only game in town. [City Desk]
  • Tony Williams denies that he’s Detroit-bound. [DCist]
  • Mapping the need for sidewalks in Ward 3. [GGW]
  • D.C. has America’s “gridlockiest” winters. [Atlantic Cities]
  • The history of Barry Farm’s street names. [GGW]
  • Why we don’t need one-way streets. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Checking in on the state of medical marijuana in the District [Post]
  • Today on the market: Swanky Dupont penthouse

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

  • She sang the anthem, y’all. [Rolling Stone]
  • AFI Silver Theatre risks massive profit loss if it can’t go digital [Gazette]
  • After controversy, Cool Disco Donut changes its name to Zeke’s D.C. Donuts [Washington City Paper]
  • The Post goes deep inside the Cool Disco Donut hole [Post]
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist author visits her old high school, Bethesda Chevy Chase [Post]
  • In case you didn’t get the memo: The Lumineers suck [Post]
  • Does anyone like the Washington-centered drama House of Cards? [Post]
  • The long saga of a copper heiress and her gift of a Monet to the Corcoran [Post]
  • Clinton Yates wonders why Uptown X.O. isn’t more famous [The Root D.C.]

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

  • Ten restaurants with terrific Champagne lists [Eater]
  • Former Jack Rose Dining Saloon chef headed to Teddy & the Bully Bar. [Washingtonian]
  • Deer Antler Spray Shooters at Duffy’s Irish Pub [Post]
  • NIMBYS, meet the YIMBYs, who want more construction and liquor licenses. [City Desk]
  • Where to find great spicy dishes [Express]
  • Where to eat and drink on the Hill for Super Bowl Sunday [Hill is Home]